Jazz

1:58pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Field Recordings

Brandee Younger: Taxidermy, Two-Headed Skeletons And Jazz Harp

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:55 am

Brandee Younger performs for an NPR Music Field Recording in January 2013.
NPR

Among the vestment racks, satchel purveyors and art galleries of New York's SoHo neighborhood lies a small merchant unlike its neighbors. It's called The Evolution Store, and it peddles, um, natural-history collectibles. You know, preserved insects, taxidermy, skulls and bones, remnants of marine creatures. It's as if a museum ran out of space and started putting its sloths and tarantulas in the gift shop.

Naturally, our video producers saw it and thought: Obviously, we need to record there.

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8:01am

Thu June 6, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Ben Tucker: Remembering A Bassist And Citywide Icon

Ben Tucker.
Savannah College of Art and Design Courtesy of Savannah Music Festival

6:08pm

Tue June 4, 2013
World Cafe

Madeleine Peyroux On World Cafe

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:58 pm

Madeleine Peyroux.
Rocky Schenk Courtesy of the artist

Madeleine Peyroux started singing blues and jazz on the streets of Paris. Over the course of her career, Peyroux has released six albums, sold more than a million copies of her second record (Careless Love) and developed a following for her easygoing, Billie Holiday-tinged sound.

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4:57pm

Mon June 3, 2013
Music Interviews

Authentic Early Jazz, From A 23-Year-Old 'WomanChild'

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 6:53 pm

Cecile McLorin Salvant's new album is titled WomanChild.
John Abbott Courtesy of the artist

Jazz musicians Cecile McLorin Salvant and Aaron Diehl, both in their 20s, have already racked up major industry pr

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5:31pm

Fri May 31, 2013
Piano Jazz With Jon Weber

Linda Oh On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Fri May 31, 2013 6:21 pm

Linda Oh.
Vincent Soyez Courtesy of the artist

With the bass, "you have a lot more power than you may think," Linda Oh says. Born in Malaysia to Chinese parents, her family moved to Western Australia, where she started out playing bass in rock bands. Since discovering the double bass, Oh become a steady presence on the scene, whether playing with a string quartet, composing for film or covering the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which she does here with "Soul to Squeeze" in a set with host Jon Weber.

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3:29pm

Fri May 31, 2013
Song Travels

Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale On 'Song Travels'

Originally published on Sat June 1, 2013 5:23 pm

"I think that's maybe my best strength as a musician: the ability to accompany and to breathe with whoever's taking the lead," Thomas Lauderdale says.
Autumn de Wilde

Pianist Thomas Lauderdale is the co-founder of the celebrated orchestral ensemble Pink Martini, which bridges classical, jazz, world music and old-fashioned pop.

"I'm inching my way towards Liberace land every day," Lauderdale says, laughing after opening with a rollicking take on "Malaguena," composed by Cuba's equivalent of George Gershwin, Ernesto Lecuona.

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3:26pm

Fri May 31, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Bela Fleck On Piano Jazz

Bela Fleck.
Karl Walter Getty Images

On this installment of Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi, Béla Fleck brings his jazz sensibilities to a set of originals and standards, opening with a refreshing take on Thelonious Monk's "In Walked Bud."

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12:18pm

Fri May 31, 2013
Live At The Village Vanguard

Kenny Barron Quintet: Live At The Village Vanguard

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:07 pm

Kenny Barron.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Among jazz musicians, especially in New York City, pianist Kenny Barron is considered an institution. He spent years in bands led by the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Yusef Lateef and Stan Getz, and brings that wisdom to every note. He's put out dozens of albums, continues to write new music, and turns up in classrooms and on concert stages throughout the city. And he continues to play brilliantly, with clarity and ebullience alike — his latest album pairs him with an all-Brazilian band.

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2:47pm

Thu May 30, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Kenny Barron And Dave Holland On JazzSet

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:00 pm

Kenny Barron.
John Sann Courtesy of the artist

On June 9, 2013, Kenny Barron turned 70 — and he was celebrated in style. The pianist, composer and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master has booked a week-long residency with his quartet at the Village Vanguard in New York and a live WBGO/NPR webcast on June 5.

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2:03pm

Mon May 27, 2013
Music

Keith Jarrett: 'I Want The Imperfections To Remain'

Originally published on Mon May 27, 2013 4:57 pm

Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette and Gary Peacock's new album of standards is titled Somewhere.
Daniela Yohannes Courtesy of the artist

Sometimes records have to steep. Four years after it was recorded live in Lucerne, Switzerland, an album of six standards called Somewhere is finally getting a proper release. Keith Jarrett and his trio, including bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette, just weren't happy with the sound of the room or the circumstances at the time. Listen to Somewhere, however, and none of that comes across.

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