Jazz

4:37pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Herbie Hancock On Piano Jazz

Herbie Hancock.
Kwaku Alston

On this episode of Piano Jazz, composer and keyboardist Herbie Hancock stops by in a program recorded in 1987. The ever-inventive Hancock sticks with the acoustic piano for this set of solos and duets with host Marian McPartland. Hancock performs a mix of his originals — "Dolphin Dance" and "Still Time" — and standards including "Limehouse Blues," "It Never Entered My Mind" and "That Old Black Magic."

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12:56pm

Fri January 31, 2014
Music Reviews

Too Much Of A Good Thing? Jane Ira Bloom's Beautiful Ballads

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 4:08 pm

Jane Ira Bloom.
Johnny Moreno Courtesy of the artist

When soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom plays Kurt Weill's "My Ship" on her new album Sixteen Sunsets, a pale glow around her notes comes from a simple special effect: pointing her horn under the hood of a piano whose strings are free to resonate. Bloom has always been preoccupied with sound, and has one of the prettiest, clearest tones around on soprano.

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8:51am

Thu January 30, 2014
A Blog Supreme

Dave Brubeck Was The Macklemore Of 1954

Dave Brubeck received a posthumous tribute at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

5:30pm

Tue January 28, 2014
Code Switch

Remaking All That Jazz From Shanghai's Lost Era

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 6:55 pm

Electronic music producer Dave Liang and jazz singer Zhang Le collaborated on a new album of Shanghai jazz standards from the 1930s and 1940s.
Zhuang Yan Courtesy of the artists

2:48pm

Fri January 24, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Jim Hall On Piano Jazz

Jim Hall.
Frans Schellekens Redferns

Widely admired as a gifted and innovative player, jazz guitarist Jim Hall had a career that spanned more than five decades. In a session recorded in 2003, the NEA Jazz Master teamed up with host Marian McPartland and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi for "Blue Monk," and performed solo in "All the Things You Are."

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12:45pm

Fri January 24, 2014
Song Travels

Jitterbug Vipers On 'Song Travels'

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 9:24 am

Jitterbug Vipers.
Courtesy of the artist

Jitterbug Vipers' members perform 1930s-style "viper jazz" with a rock 'n' roll twist. The Austin band's original music — crafted by singer Sarah Sharp, guitarist Slim Richey, bassist Francie Meaux Jeaux and drummer Masumi Jones — recalls swing classics by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Cab Calloway.

On this installment of Song Travels, you can hear Jitterbug Vipers perform a set live in the studio. Host Michael Feinstein also sits down with Sharp to discuss the history of viper jazz and the inspiration behind the band's sizzling original music.

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8:33am

Fri January 24, 2014
A Blog Supreme

To Preserve 'America's Gift To The World,' A Jazz Elder Becomes A UCLA Professor

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 1:42 pm

Kenny Burrell performs at his 80th birthday concert in 2011.
Reed Hutchinson UCLA

Just before 11 o'clock on a crisp Monday night in Hollywood, 82-year-old Kenny Burrell put his Gibson guitar in its velvet-lined case and said goodnight to several members of the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited. He had just finished an intermission-free, two-hour-plus set with the large ensemble, as he has done once a month since the summer. Waiting patiently among the suits and smiles was a 21-year-old guitarist eager to meet his idol. When the room finally cleared, Burrell was amiable and inquisitive, talking to the young fan about music and Michigan, where he grew up.

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4:21pm

Thu January 23, 2014
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Patrick Cornelius On JazzSet

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 8:38 am

Patrick Cornelius performs at Berklee College of Music's Café 939 in Boston.
Michael Borgida Berklee College of Music

While growing up in San Antonio, Patrick Cornelius listened to JazzSet on KRTU. Off the air, he taped the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band playing Lalo Schifrin's Gillespiana in the 1990s and more. Cornelius went on to complete degrees and diplomas from Berklee College of Music, the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.

In 2012, Cornelius won a New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble grant from Chamber Music America, and this episode of JazzSet features the composition for which he applied for support, titled While We're Still Young.

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4:37pm

Wed January 22, 2014
The Checkout: Live

Guillermo Klein: Live At Berklee

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 3:06 pm

Guillermo Klein.
Michael Borgida Berklee College of Music

Composer and bandleader Guillermo Klein is known largely for Los Guachos, a large ensemble which draws from Argentine folk forms, the New York jazz talent pool and a postmodern mash-up imagination. His is beguiling music, filled with human voices and off-kilter meter and cutting melody. It's a form he and some of his band first started developing at Berklee College of Music, where he and fellow Argentines learned to apply jazz concepts to the many sounds in their heads.

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11:57am

Mon January 20, 2014
Music Reviews

Lafayette Gilchrist: An Old Soul, At Ease In A Modern World

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 1:57 pm

Lafayette Gilchrist.
Leo H. Lubow

For someone who came to piano rather late, at 17, Lafayette Gilchrist has dug deep into its history. He loves the old piano professors who'd pack the punch of a dance band into two hands at the keyboard. Players like Eubie Blake, James P. Johnson and Willie "The Lion" Smith could keep going for hours without exhausting their folkloric materials.

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