Jazz

3:02pm

Thu May 2, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

SFJAZZ Center Opening Night On JazzSet

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:16 pm

Chick Corea (keyboard) joined the SFJAZZ Collective for the closing performance, an arrangement of his piece "Spain."
Scott Chernis Courtesy of SFJAZZ Center

Noodling gloriously, sax men Joe Lovano and Joshua Redman feel their way into the acoustics of a new space with "Blackwell's Message," named for the irresistible drumming of Ed Blackwell, who parlayed his New Orleans parade beat all over the world. Coincidentally, New Orleans' WWOZ is providing the recording crew and a host for a live webcast and broadcast on NPR Music. We have highlights here.

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1:40pm

Thu May 2, 2013
The Checkout: Live

Boom Tic Boom: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:38 pm

Allison Miller.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Drummer Allison Miller, a go-to choice for jazz heavies and arena-level singer-songwriters alike, has made time to cultivate her own working band in the past few years. Boom Tic Boom features some of her favorite female instrumentalists in pianist Myra Melford and violinist Jenny Scheinman, as well as a long-running partner-in-crime in bassist Todd Sickafoose, and it interprets her jaunty tunes with plenty of headroom for any onomatopoeia from her percussion palette.

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1:22pm

Thu May 2, 2013
Live At The Village Vanguard

Miguel Zenón Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:09 pm

Luis Perdomo.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Ever since he started becoming one of the best alto saxophone players in the world, Miguel Zenón has drawn influence from his upbringing in Puerto Rico. Folk melodies, forms and rhythms have inspired many of his technically astounding yet immediately gratifying works. So it makes sense that he's giving back. He's launched an initiative called Caravana Cultural, presenting free jazz concerts and lectures on the island. His latest album Oye!!! was recorded live in San Juan with Puerto Rican musicians.

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6:03am

Tue April 30, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Meet The Man Who Assembles The World's Biggest Jazz Concert

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 12:40 pm

John Beasley has now served as music director for both editions of International Jazz Day.
Tim Sassoon Courtesy of the artist

The pianist and composer John Beasley has one of the most formidable tasks of anyone associated with today's International Jazz Day, the celebration produced by UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. He's music director of the centerpiece concert to be live-streamed from Istanbul tonight (2 p.m. ET in the U.S.).

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2:03pm

Mon April 29, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Father Figures: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:34 pm

Father Figure performs a Tiny Desk Concert on February 6, 2013.
Lizzie Chen NPR

In a small, packed Washington, D.C., living room late one December night, I heard a cacophony of horns, keys, drums and guitars that simply floored me. It was brash, zany, brainy, scary and danceable. At the end of a long year of amazing live music, this would turn out to be one of the most memorable concerts I'd seen.

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4:52pm

Fri April 26, 2013
Piano Jazz With Jon Weber

Stacy Sullivan On Piano Jazz

Stacy Sullivan.
Courtesy of the artist

Vocalist Stacy Sullivan joins host Jon Weber to perform a set of standards, including a few tunes from her tribute to Peggy Lee.

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11:56am

Fri April 26, 2013
NPR Story

Pat Metheny On Piano Jazz

Pat Metheny.
Courtesy of the artist

On this Piano Jazz session, the Pat Metheny Trio, which includes star bassist Christian McBride and drummer Antonio Sanchez, drops by for a set of Metheny originals and a few Ornette Coleman tunes.

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7:53am

Fri April 26, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Jazzahead! Highlights: 5 New Bands From Europe

Turkish-German vocalist Esra Dalfidan sings in several languages with her band FIDAN.
Courtesy of the artist

Bremen may be best known for its love of soccer and Beck's beer, but every April, its Jazzahead! festival turns the German port town into a capital city of jazz for a weekend

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10:15am

Thu April 25, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Piano Vs. Piano, And Why Style Matters

Jaki Byard (left) and Tommy Flanagan.
Tom Copi Resonance Records

Comparisons have always helped me appreciate jazz. An artist plays a tune fast; another does it as a ballad. A trumpeter finishes his solo, and a saxophonist takes that closing phrase and morphs it in a different direction. A musician revisits a composition years later with a new arrangement and ensemble. Aligned side by side, you get a good sense of why jazz is a music of individual style, and of gradual accretion, and of friendly "Oh, yeah, watch this" motivation.

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4:07pm

Tue April 23, 2013
Piano Jazz With Jon Weber

Allan Harris On Piano Jazz

Allan Harris.
Ayano Hisa Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Piano Jazz With Jon Weber, velvet-voiced singer, guitarist and composer Allan Harris joins Weber for a set of standards and a few tunes from the Harris-penned musical, Cross That River.

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