Sun May 26, 2013
Deceptive Cadence

Why Jazz Musicians Love 'The Rite Of Spring'

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 11:05 am

Flutist Hubert Laws is one of many jazz artists to have recorded an adaptation of themes from The Rite of Spring.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

A 100-year-old ballet, composed by a Russian for a French audience, has become something of a jazz standard.

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Sun May 26, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Rites Of Swing: Jazz And Stravinsky

Originally published on Sun May 26, 2013 9:00 am

Cover art to Phil Woods' Rights Of Swing, 1961.
Candid Records


Fri May 24, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Barbara Carroll On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 9:15 am

Barbara Carroll.
Julie Skarratt

Pianist and singer Barbara Carroll is an old and dear friend of Piano Jazz host Marian McPartland. In fact, Carroll was the second ever guest to appear on Piano Jazz when the show began 30 years ago. Carroll recalls 1979 as a banner year for her, as well — it's the same year she started what became a 25 year run performing at Bemelman's Bar, at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan.

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Thu May 23, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Duke Ellington: Highlights Of His Twilight

Duke Ellington rehearses for a 1973 concert in London's Westminster Abbey.
Central Press Getty Images

When Duke Ellington received the news that Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years, had died, Ellington reportedly cried and told a friend, "No, I'm not all right! Nothing is going to be all right now."

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Thu May 23, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Chris Potter Quartet On JazzSet

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:04 pm

Chris Potter.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Now in his early 40s, Chris Potter is "the most commandingly skilled saxophonist of his generation," according to New York Times jazz writer Nate Chinen.

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Tue May 21, 2013
Music Reviews

Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World

Best known for bright, accessible modern jazz, Pat Metheny takes on an experimental composer's work with the new Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Guitarist Pat Metheny is revered for his bright, accessible modern jazz. Saxophonist and composer John Zorn is associated with much knottier, often dissonant experiments.

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Mon May 20, 2013
Music Reviews

Sarah Vaughan: A New Box Set Revels In Glorious Imperfections

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 5:43 pm

Sarah Vaughan performs during the International Jazz Festival of Nice in southeast France in July 1984.
Raph Gatti AFP/Getty Images

Singer Sarah Vaughan came up in the 1940s alongside bebop lions Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, starting out in Earl Hines' big band. Hines had hired her as his singer and deputy pianist, while Gillespie praised her fine ear for chords as she grasped the arcane refinements of bebop harmony.

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Fri May 17, 2013
Piano Jazz With Jon Weber

Rudresh Mahanthappa On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Sat May 18, 2013 11:17 am

Rudresh Mahanthappa.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Rudresh Mahanthappa creates an explosive blend of South Indian classical music and progressive jazz. A Guggenheim Fellow who's been named the Jazz Journalists Association's "Alto Saxophonist of the Year" for four years running, Mahanthappa makes innovative music that reflects his experience as a second-generation Indian-American. He shares his fascinating style and story on this episode of Piano Jazz.

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Thu May 16, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Woody Herman At 100: 'A Blues Player From His Heart'

Woody Herman in 1946.
William Gottlieb The Library of Congress/Flickr

Woody Herman was one of the premier bandleaders in jazz, saxophonist Joe Lovano says.

"He didn't have the same chops and virtuosic approach like Benny Goodman or Artie Shaw, but he told a deep story," says Lovano, who played with Herman early in his career. "He was a blues player from his heart, and really had a beautiful voice on alto saxophone."

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Thu May 16, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Edmar Castañeda And Friends On JazzSet

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:07 pm

Edmar Castañeda performs at the Americas Society.
Roey Yohai Americas Society

As a child in Bogotá, Edmar Castañeda and his sister took folk dance classes. Their mother made sure of that. Castañeda liked the dancing, but he really liked the live harp accompaniment. In Spanish, the harp is called the llanero. It's Colombian, not a classical harp.

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