Fri September 13, 2013
World Cafe

Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 2:28 pm

Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Courtesy of brittanicadotcom

New Orleans' Preservation Hall, the dirt-floor space off Bourbon Street, was founded in 1961 as a place for the elders of Crescent City jazz to play nightly. Today, World Cafe talks with Ben Jaffe; like his father Alan, who ran the space initially, Jaffe is a tuba player who guides the world-renowned band today.

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Fri September 13, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Kate McGarry On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 9:54 am

Kate McGarry.
Matteo Trisolini

Singer-songwriter Kate McGarry has traveled many musical paths, from Celtic music to swing and various genres in between. That ecumenical outlook on music began early in her childhood. Growing up among nine brothers and sisters, she heard a variety of pop music (the Beatles, Earth Wind and Fire, etc.) but she also recalls family outings to hear live Celtic music groups performing at a local Irish pub.

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Thu September 12, 2013
World Cafe

The Greyboy Allstars On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 2:28 pm

The Greyboy Allstars.
Courtesy of the artist

Almost 20 years ago, the members of the Greyboy Allstars got together to play a record release party for DJ Greyboy and discovered a perfect fusion. Call it rare groove, acid jazz or Electric Boogaloo (as they named their 1995 debut album), guitarist Elgin Park, keyboardist Robert Walter, saxophonist Karl Denson and the rhythm section of Chris Stillwell and Aaron Redfield have a special sound. These Allstars still draw from '60s boogaloo on their new album, Inland Emperor.

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Wed September 11, 2013
Music Interviews

'Singing Just To Me': Gregory Porter On Musical Inheritance

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 2:14 pm

Gregory Porter's latest album is entitled Liquid Spirit.
Shawn Peters Courtesy of the artist

In his first semester playing football at San Diego State University, Gregory Porter severely injured his shoulder. Doctors told him his days on the field were over, but there was some good news: The school would let him keep his athletic scholarship. Suddenly without football, but with a lot of time on his hands, Porter searched for a new calling — and found it in his voice.

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Wed September 11, 2013
Live At The Village Vanguard

Dave King Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 12:54 pm

Dave King.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Perhaps you know Dave King as the drummer in The Bad Plus, or any number of avant-improv/indie-rock/Americana/electronic experimental bands rooted in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. But somewhere in that mix is a deep fondness for the jazz tradition, and recently, he made it a point to say so with a full-length album. I've Been Ringing You investigates standards, mostly slow and medium-tempo ballads, in rough-hewn textures.

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Tue September 10, 2013
A Blog Supreme

The Odd Jobs Of Dave King

Dave King.
Courtesy of the artist

Among musicians, drummers are the explorers, the tinkerers, the polymaths. They don't just play one instrument, but dozens at the very least.

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Mon September 9, 2013
Music Reviews

When Duke Flirted With The Queen

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 9:35 am

Duke Ellington, looking dapper in 1958.
Evening Standard Getty Images

In 1958, at an arts festival in Yorkshire, Duke Ellington was presented to Queen Elizabeth II. They tied up the reception line for a few minutes, exchanging royal pleasantries; our Duke politely flirted with Her Majesty. Soon afterward, maybe that very night, Ellington outlined the movements of The Queen's Suite. He recorded it with his orchestra the following year, sent it to Her Majesty, and declined to release it to the public in his lifetime. It's not clear whether Queen Elizabeth has listened to it.

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Fri September 6, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Chuck Mangione On Piano Jazz

Chuck Mangione.
Courtesy of the artist

Flugelhorn player Chuck Mangione is widely known for the crossover success of his catchy mid-1970s tunes. But his jazz credentials are rock-solid: His mentor Dizzy Gillespie once recommended him for a spot in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Mangione and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi team up with host Marian McPartland for some dynamic trio work in a session from 1999, including his famous tune "Feels So Good" and a few beloved standards.

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Tue September 3, 2013
The Fresh Air Interview

At 60, 'Challenges Are Opportunities' For John Zorn

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 1:25 pm

John Zorn's latest album is Dreamachines, which is inspired by Brion Gysin and William Burroughs' cut-up techniques.
Scott Irvine Courtesy of the artist

At 60, New York City-based composer John Zorn is wiser, sure, but no less prolific, thoughtful and antagonistic than before. His oeuvre is fantastically wide, from cutthroat jazz improvisation and pummeling noise-rock to gorgeous chamber music and, believe it or not, a genuine Christmas album.

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Fri August 30, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Jazz With A Jamaican Accent

Monty Alexander (left) and Ernest Ranglin are known for their fluency in both jazz and Jamaican popular music.
Peter Dean Rickards Courtesy of the artist