Jazz

8:37am

Tue May 14, 2013
Field Recordings

Gregory Porter: A Lion In The Subway

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 5:29 pm

Gregory Porter.
NPR

Subway entertainers are a mixed bag, but in the arts mecca of New York City, they're often overqualified — so much so that bands and other musical acts need to audition to even set up underground. And those are just the "official" performers.

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3:49pm

Sun May 12, 2013
Music Interviews

Balancing Influences: Saxophonist Mahanthappa Blends Styles

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 6:52 pm

Rudresh Mahanthappa's latest album is Gamak.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

When a single review compares an artist's work to both Mahavishnu Orchestra and The Stooges, hardcore rock music fans sit up and take notice.

That's the high praise the Los Angeles Times bestowed upon saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa.

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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

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has issued a proclamation declaring Friday "Women in Jazz Day" — an attempt at cultural reform that's bound to enjoy the same resounding success as banning oversized sodas. Which is to say: Nice try, Mr. Mayor.

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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 Wed July 9, 2014 10:29 am

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 Fri June 20, 2014 4:11 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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