Jazz

2:29pm

Fri May 10, 2013
A Blog Supreme

A DIY Guide To The History Of Women In Jazz

Trombonist and arranger Melba Liston is one of the women featured in a new documentary about female instrumentalists in jazz, The Girls in the Band.
Carol Comer & Diane Gregg Courtesy of the artist

12:26pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Jane Monheit On Piano Jazz

Timothy Saccenti Courtesy of the artist

Vocalist Jane Monheit visits Piano Jazz, as host Marian McPartland accompanies her on a hour of first-rate music from the Gershwins, Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and more.

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11:56am

Fri May 10, 2013
Piano Jazz With Jon Weber

Donny McCaslin On Piano Jazz

Donny McCaslin.
Courtesy of the artist

Tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin got his start at age 12, when he began playing in his vibraphonist father's band in Santa Cruz, Calif. That group played the Monterey Jazz Festival for three years. In 1984, McCaslin took a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston; while there, he performed regularly in the area with Ken Schaphorst's True Colors Big Band.

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5:47pm

Thu May 9, 2013
The Checkout: Live

Sexmob: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 4:19 pm

Steven Bernstein performs at 92Y Tribeca with Sexmob.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

The band Sexmob specializes in a distinct strain of deconstructionist improvised music: jazz that aims at fun by bouncing off the walls. The quartet has tackled James Bond music, rock covers, Duke Ellington, the Macarena and exotica, plus originals from leader Steven Bernstein.

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3:43pm

Thu May 9, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Eddie Palmieri's Latin Jazz Septet On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 3:41 pm

Eddie Palmieri performs at the Kennedy Center.
Juan L. Cruz Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Eddie Palmieri has been a force for Latin jazz since the 1950s, when he hosted the legendary mambo shows at New York's Palladium Ballroom. His groups, including the renowned La Perfecta, revolutionized Latin music in the 1960s and '70s. His records number more than 30 as a leader, and he's won nine Grammy Awards. At 76, Palmieri is still a foremost ambassador for the music he loves.

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2:57pm

Thu May 9, 2013
A Blog Supreme

'A Strict Taskmaster': 5 Ways To Play The Jazz Clarinet

Jimmy Hamilton (left) and Harry Carney were among the reedmen who played clarinet for the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
William Gottlieb The Library of Congress

Earlier this year, the clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg released two remarkable albums with two almost entirely different bands. Goldberg has left a mark in many modern improvising contexts, including the New Klezmer Trio he co-founded and the Tin Hat chamber ensemble.

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2:41pm

Wed May 8, 2013
A Blog Supreme

A Look Back At Jazz Fest, Where Ages Were Made

Allen Toussaint performs during the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Music Festival. He would also play a small club after the festival finished for the day.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

Some music festivals are known for certain specific things; others are known for a broad assortment. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is known for everything. The city's arms are just that wide.

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1:23pm

Fri May 3, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Phil Woods On Piano Jazz

On this episode of Piano Jazz, originally broadcast in 2003, alto saxophonist Phil Woods brings his quintet's rhythm section — bassist Steve Gilmore and drummer Bill Goodwin — by for a session with host Marian McPartland. Woods has been called "The New Bird," as in the heir to bop alto pioneer Charlie "Bird" Parker.

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3:02pm

Thu May 2, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

SFJAZZ Center Opening Night On JazzSet

Chick Corea (keyboard) joined the SFJAZZ Collective for the closing performance, an arrangement of his piece "Spain."
Scott Chernis Courtesy of SFJAZZ Center

Noodling gloriously, sax men Joe Lovano and Joshua Redman feel their way into the acoustics of a new space with "Blackwell's Message," named for the irresistible drumming of Ed Blackwell, who parlayed his New Orleans parade beat all over the world. Coincidentally, New Orleans' WWOZ is providing the recording crew and a host for a live webcast and broadcast on NPR Music. We have highlights here.

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1:40pm

Thu May 2, 2013
The Checkout: Live

Boom Tic Boom: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 10:11 am

Allison Miller.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Drummer Allison Miller, a go-to choice for jazz heavies and arena-level singer-songwriters alike, has made time to cultivate her own working band in the past few years. Boom Tic Boom features some of her favorite female instrumentalists in pianist Myra Melford and violinist Jenny Scheinman, as well as a long-running partner-in-crime in bassist Todd Sickafoose, and it interprets her jaunty tunes with plenty of headroom for any onomatopoeia from her percussion palette.

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