Jazz

10:33am

Fri September 27, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Eliane Elias On Piano Jazz

Eliane Elias.
Tom LeGoff Courtesy of the artist

On this Piano Jazz from 2008, Eliane Elias performs a set of tunes distinctly dedicated to the music of the late Bill Evans. She performs Evans' tunes "For Nanette," "I Love My Wife," and "B Minor Waltz," and duets with Marian McPartland on two early Bill Evans favorites: "Autumn Leaves" and "Alone Together."

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4:44pm

Wed September 25, 2013
Live At The Village Vanguard

Ravi Coltrane Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 1:03 pm

Ravi Coltrane.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

After releasing his latest album, last year's Spirit Fiction, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane put his decade-old quartet on hiatus, and has now assembled a new group. Had John Coltrane lived to see his son grow up, he might have told Ravi about how his own "classic quartet" broke up; he'd begun to incorporate new voices (including Ravi's mother Alice Coltrane) by the time his new band recorded live at the Village Vanguard in 1966.

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12:02pm

Wed September 25, 2013
The Record

Vijay Iyer, Jeremy Denk Win MacArthur Genius Grants

Vijay Iyer and Jeremy Denk are 2013 MacArthur fellows.
Courtesy of the artist

2:46pm

Tue September 24, 2013
A Blog Supreme

In New Afro-Cuban Music, Ancient Tradition Meets Future Shock

Michele Rosewoman (bottom right) is joined by batá percussionists in performance with her New Yor-Uba Ensemble in 2013.
Tom Ehrlich Courtesy of the artist

In Henry Dumas' short story "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" three "afro-horns" have been forged from a rare metal found only in Africa and South America. One rests in a European museum; a second one is believed to be somewhere on the west coast of Mexico among a tribe of Indians; and a third is owned by Probe, a jazz musician. When Probe finally plays the afro-horn in public, the sound is devastatingly powerful.

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8:03am

Sat September 21, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

The Cristina Pato Trio: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:09 pm

Cristina Pato Trio performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
Hayley Bartels NPR

After nearly a decade spent living in the city, Cristina Pato is a full-fledged New Yorker. But her first home is the place where Spain meets the Celtic world: Galicia.

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7:46am

Fri September 20, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Opera Star Jessye Norman Picks Her Favorite Jazz Singers

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 11:06 am

In a conversation aired on WBGO, Jessye Norman credits the study of jazz with her understanding of song interpretation.
Carol Friedman Courtesy of the artist

Jessye Norman's commanding soprano voice makes her the quintessential operatic diva for many listeners. But she frequently draws inspirations from jazz: She ranks singers like Billie Holiday, Mabel Mercer and Sarah Vaughan high on her list of influences.

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3:25pm

Tue September 17, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Melissa Aldana Wins Thelonious Monk Competition For Saxophonists

Melissa Aldana performs at the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Paul Morigi Getty Images for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

At a ceremony and concert last night in Washington, D.C., the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz named Melissa Aldana, 24, the winner of its annual competition for young musicians. The highest-profile event of its kind, this year's competition was open to saxophonists.

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5:24pm

Mon September 16, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Educated Guesses At The 2013 Monk Competition

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 12:19 pm

The 2013 finalists pose with Thelonious Monk Institute officials. Left to right: Godwin Louis, Melissa Aldana, institute honorary co-chair Billy Dee Williams, Tivon Pennicott, chairman T.S. Monk.
Steve Mundinger Courtesy of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

Yesterday's semifinal round of the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition was, to my ears, predictable.

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11:41am

Mon September 16, 2013
Music Reviews

The Masters At His Fingertips, Art Hodes Pays Tribute To Bessie Smith

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 1:38 pm

Art Hodes performs at the Ole South in New York City circa 1946.
William Gottlieb Library of Congress via Flickr

Jazz pianist Art Hodes, born in Russia in 1904, grew up near Chicago. His recording career really took off in the 1940s in New York, where he also hosted a radio show and wrote for the magazine The Jazz Record. Later, he moved back to Chicago and the atmosphere that nurtured him.

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10:42am

Sat September 14, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Arturo O'Farrill: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:10 pm

The Arturo O'Farrill Octect performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
Hayley Bartels Hayley Bartels/NPR

Latin jazz works best when the musicians involved are as fluent in Afro-Cuban rhythms as they are in the deep grooves and advanced harmonics of bebop. Arturo O'Farrill has that pedigree in his DNA: His father, Chico O'Farrill, was part of a groundbreaking group of musicians who created the mash-up of Afro-Cuban music and jazz back in late-'40s New York.

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