Tue June 9, 2015
Music News

The Man Before The Guitar: Remembering Les Paul At 100

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 6:57 pm

Les Paul's career as a guitarist and innovator led him to play jazz, pop and country with other legendary musicians for decades.
Courtesy of the Les Paul Foundation

Say the name "Les Paul" to anybody born after 1960, and they'll probably think you're talking about an electric guitar. But the musician and inventor, who was born 100 years ago Tuesday, was also an accomplished jazz guitarist. Paul was never happier than when playing for a live audience.

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Fri June 5, 2015
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Doc Cheatham On Piano Jazz

Doc Cheatham.
Ed Newman Flickr

Trumpeter Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham (1905-1997) was known for his admirable technique and tone. His signature slight burr gave his solos an edge, but his musical approach was warm and elegant.

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Sat May 30, 2015

For Jack DeJohnette, A Chicago Homecoming Brought A Reunion With Old Friends

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 11:14 am

Jack DeJohnette (center) called in fellow Chicago musicians (from left) Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Larry Gray and Muhal Richard Abrams to play on his new live album, Made In Chicago.
Paul Natkin Courtesy of the artist


Sat May 30, 2015
Music News

A Band Of Their Own

Originally published on Sat May 30, 2015 11:14 am

Doris Funderburk directs The Darlinettes.
Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Fri May 29, 2015
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Pamela Hines On Piano Jazz

Pamela Hines.
Courtesy of the artist

Pamela Hines is a pianist and composer whose forte is a complex and engaging take on the structural components of jazz. She brings nuance and impressive technical ability to all the tunes she plays and, as a composer, draws out a theme from every musician she works with. In this Piano Jazz session from 2000, Hines performs her original tunes "Porridge" and "A Stone." Host Marian McPartland joins her for a few duets, closing the program with "Autumn Leaves."

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Thu May 28, 2015
World Cafe

Pokey LaFarge On World Cafe

Pokey LaFarge.
Joshua Black Wilkins Courtesy of the artist

Beloved by both Garrison Keillor and Jack White, Pokey LaFarge describes his own music — a mix of old-time jazz, blues, ragtime and string-band music from the past century — as timeless rather than retro.

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Tue May 26, 2015
Songs We Love

Songs We Love: Miles Davis Quintet, 'Gingerbread Boy' (Live At Newport)

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 4:45 pm

Miles Davis poses at the side of stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
David Redfern Redferns

"Gingerbread Boy" is a fetching blues head by Jimmy Heath that became a jazz standard pretty much immediately after it was first recorded. Usually, its melody is played in call-and-response: the horns play a line, the piano or guitar replies with a specific riff, repeat.

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Sat May 23, 2015

Jamie Cullum Wants You To Hear These Jazz Tunes

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 1:48 pm

Jamie Cullum, a popular jazz musician, shares his top tracks of the moment.
McVirn Etienne Courtesy of the artist


Fri May 22, 2015
Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program

Joe Temperley: 'No Greater Sound On Earth'

Joe Temperley performs with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2013.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

Baritone saxophonist and clarinetist Joe Temperley has led an illustrious career spanning several decades, performing in some of the best big bands that ever were. Temperley, now 85, has performed with the orchestras of Humphrey Lyttelton, Woody Herman, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, and of course, Duke Ellington. For the past 25 years, Temperley has also been the heart and soul of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

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Fri May 22, 2015
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Lionel Hampton On Piano Jazz

Lionel Hampton.
Reg Davis Getty Images

Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton (1908–2002) was one of the most influential figures in the history of jazz. He made the vibes a vital voice in the arsenal of jazz instruments, and gained international fame while playing in Benny Goodman's small groups and leading his own orchestra.

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