Jazz

2:38pm

Thu October 9, 2014
Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program

Behind Wynton Marsalis' Afro-Cuban 'Ochas' Suite

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 7:49 pm

Percussionists Clemente Medina, Román Diaz and Pedrito Martinez perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

To open its 2014-15 season, Jazz At Lincoln Center welcomes the world premiere of a work by managing and artistic director Wynton Marsalis. Ochas, for big band and Afro-Cuban percussion, features special guests in the commanding pianist Chucho Valdés and percussionist, vocalist and Santería priest Pedrito Martinez. With the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, they blend jazz with the traditional folkloric and religious music of Cuba.

Jazz Night In America explores how the new suite of music came to be.

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11:04pm

Wed October 8, 2014
Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts

Johnny O'Neal: Live at Mezzrow

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 1:58 am

Johnny O'Neal performs at Mezzrow.
NPR

Pianist and singer Johnny O'Neal never learned to read music, but didn't really need to: He was one of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and even convincingly imitated the fast-fingered Art Tatum in the biopic Ray. Now, after decades off the scene — and with his health under control — he's re-establishing himself in New York as an incredible old-school performer.

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11:04pm

Wed October 8, 2014
Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts

Very Very Threadgill At Harlem Stage

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 11:24 am

Henry Threadgill studies a score in his dressing room at Very Very Threadgill.
Shahar Azran Courtesy of Harlem Stage

The saxophonist and composer Henry Threadgill, 70, has long been an standard-bearer for boundary-crossing music. In his wildly creative work, inspirations as disparate as rags, calypso and funk transmogrify into unique frameworks for improvisation. Pianist Jason Moran is one of his loyal fans — Threadgill is his favorite composer, he says — and programmed this tribute, gathering both Threadgill sidemen and up-and-comers to perform works from throughout Threadgill's career.

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11:04pm

Wed October 8, 2014
Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts

Miguel Zenón's 'Identities Are Changeable'

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 7:02 pm

Miguel Zenón.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Miguel Zenón possesses rare talent, both for the level of his alto saxophone virtuosity and the ability to make complex compositions immediate and accessible. But he's but one of many who moved to New York City to pursue jazz. And he's one of over one million New-York-area residents of Puerto Rican origin.

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11:01pm

Wed October 8, 2014
Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts

Highlights From The Detroit Jazz Festival

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 12:25 am

Wallace Roney.
Courtesy of the artist

In the late 1960s, saxophonist Wayne Shorter wrote a number of large ensemble works for his employer at the time, trumpeter Miles Davis. They were never recorded, and eventually forgotten. Decades later, Shorter, now considered one of jazz's greatest composers, dug up the music and handed it over to trumpeter Wallace Roney (a protege of Miles Davis) to breathe new life into the charts. Roney presents that suite of music — or what he could before rain showers interceded — on this webcast of Jazz Night In America, live at the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival.

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11:01pm

Wed October 8, 2014
Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts

Blue Note At 75: The Concert

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 12:18 am

Dr. Lonnie Smith at the Blue Note 75 concert.
NPR

The iconic jazz record label Blue Note Records reached its 75th anniversary this year, and celebrated with an all-star concert featuring artists from its rich history and bright present. Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Lou Donaldson, and Bobby Hutcherson, whose Blue Note LPs defined a generation of jazz, were on hand; Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Joe Lovano and Norah Jones also took up the torch, among many other musicians.

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11:00pm

Wed October 8, 2014
A Blog Supreme

What Is Jazz Night In America?

NPR

Along with NPR Music's partners at WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center, we're proud to announce a new public media initiative: Jazz Night In America. You can check it out on your local public radio station, as well as online at npr.org/jazznight.

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5:24pm

Wed October 8, 2014
Music

Art As Conversation: Three New Collaborative Albums

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 4:37 pm

Nels Cline and Julian Lage's new collaborative album is called Room.
Courtesy of the artist

11:51am

Tue October 7, 2014
Jazz Night Concerts

Jazz At Lincoln Center Opening Night

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 7:23 pm

Dreiser Durruthy Bambolé (left) and Yesenia Fernandez Selier dance in front of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

Building on the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's recent trip to Cuba, managing and artistic director Wynton Marsalis presents his newest large-scale work: Ochas, a suite for big band and Afro-Cuban percussion. He calls upon young superstar Pedrito Martinez, who brought along a trio of fellow hand percussionists, to execute the chants and rhythms of the batá drums specific to Santería religious practice. And he called upon virtuoso Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés to ignite the proceedings.

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8:03am

Sat October 4, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Tiny Desk Concert

Colin Marshall NPR

Even if you've never been to a jazz concert in your life, it's likely that you've heard Ryan Keberle play trombone. He's toured with Sufjan Stevens, backed up pop stars like Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake, recorded for a Woody Allen film, played in Broadway pits and directed music for a church in Manhattan. Left to his own devices, though, Keberle likes to put himself into improvising situations.

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