Jazz

11:33am

Fri August 2, 2013
A Blog Supreme

What To Expect From The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival Webcast

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 10:02 am

Get ready for the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

If you didn't manage to fly in, drive up or sneak your way aboard a yacht bound for coastal Rhode Island — well, we can't help you get to the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival. But if you're not near Aquidneck Island this weekend, you can still catch a lot of the festival from our live NPR Music webcast, presented with WBGO and WGBH.

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1:36pm

Wed July 31, 2013
A Blog Supreme

5 To Watch: Newport Jazz Festival Debuts

Dee Alexander is among the artists leading a band for the first time at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Courtesy of the artist

Major jazz gatherings such as the Newport Jazz Festival — which dates back to 1954 — have always relied on big names to attract visitors. The 2013 edition is no different, with headliners such as Wayne Shorter (with Herbie Hancock), Marcus Miller, Chick Corea, Eddie Palmieri and Esperanza Spalding.

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12:48pm

Tue July 30, 2013
Music Reviews

'The Edenfred Files': Darryl Harper's Blues-Infused Jazz

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 3:41 pm

Clarinetist Darryl Harper discovered jazz as a teenager in Philadelphia.
Courtesy of the artist

In jazz, the clarinet went into eclipse for awhile, drowned out by louder trumpets and saxes. The instrument has long since made a comeback, and the modern clarinet thrives in settings where it doesn't have to shout to be heard.

Take "Spindleshanks," a little out-of-sync boogie-woogie for Darryl Harper's clarinet and Kevin Harris' piano. It's from Harper's The Edenfred Files. In his long-running Onus Trio, the spare unit Darryl Harper features on most of his new album, he can sing softly as an owl in the night.

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5:30pm

Mon July 29, 2013
A Blog Supreme

'A Walking Encyclopedia Of Rhythms': Remembering Steve Berrios

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 4:20 pm

Steve Berrios performs with the Fort Apache Band in New York City earlier in 2013.
Andrea Zapata-Girau Courtesy of Jerry Gonzalez

It is not easy to play both jazz drum set and Afro-Caribbean percussion. Lots of drummers do it, but few have mastered it in a way that makes their sound in either style unmistakable from the first beat.

The music community lost one of those true innovators Wednesday with the death of percussionist Steve Berrios in New York at age 68. Berrios could move seamlessly from jazz to Afro-Cuban rhythms in a way that perfectly reflected his bicultural roots.

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5:02pm

Sat July 27, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Piano Mastery, Trinidadian Trumpet, Singing Apes: New Jazz

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 10:26 am

Trumpeter Etienne Charles' new album is called Creole Soul.
Laura Ferreira Courtesy of the artist

It's been too long since we simply sat up and pointed out a few of the many new releases worth a set of ears. Luckily, the staff on weekends at All Things Considered thought the same. They invited me to sit down with host Jacki Lyden and play a few cuts for them.

Here's music from an elder statesman of piano, a trumpeter who understands creole music personally, a drummer who writes tunes with a payoff, and a singer in her early 20s with maturity and kick.

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8:21am

Fri July 26, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Black History Meets Black Music: 'Blues People' At 50

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 8:34 am

Amiri Baraka in the 1970s.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

The year 1963 saw the March on Washington, the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Medgar Evers, the bombing of the Birmingham church that resulted in the deaths of four black girls and the passing of W.E.B. Du Bois. That same year, LeRoi Jones — a twentysomething, Newark, N.J.-born, African-American, Lower East Side-based Beat poet — published a book titled Blues People: a panoramic sociocultural history of African-American music.

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12:03pm

Sat July 20, 2013
The Record

Thundercat On Making Music Outside The Lines

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 7:41 pm

Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner
B+ Courtesy of Motormouth Media

Session musician Stephen Bruner has played bass in other people's bands for more than a decade. He can play metal, R&B, hip-hop, jazz. And he's been folding all that into his own music, which he puts out under the name Thundercat.

Now, with his second album, he's stepping to the front of the stage.

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2:47pm

Fri July 19, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Lalo Schifrin On Piano Jazz

Lalo Schifrin.
Lawrence Lucier Getty Images

Composer, arranger, conductor and pianist Lalo Schifrin has written some of the most famous music in film and TV history. His works include the original Mission: Impossible theme and the scores to Cool Hand Luke and the Dirty Harry films. On this page, Schifrin performs his tune "Down Here on the Ground" and joins host Marian McPartland for a duet of "Woody'n You."

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4:15pm

Wed July 17, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Remembering Laurie Frink, The 'Trumpet Mother' Of The Jazz Scene

Laurie Frink takes a moment to practice during a recording session for Darcy James Argue's Secret Society.
Lindsay Beyerstein

Sometimes, the most important musicians are the ones farthest away from the spotlight.

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9:47am

Fri July 12, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

John Bunch On Piano Jazz

Pianist John Bunch was born in Tipton, Ind., a small farming community north of Indianapolis. As a boy, he studied piano, and at 14, he was already playing with bands in central Indiana. During WWII, he served on a B17 Flying Fortress that was shot down over Germany. Bunch and his crew were taken captive, and while in a prison camp, he learned to arrange for big bands.

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