Jazz

5:23pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Music Interviews

Bryan Ferry: A Forward-Looking Musician Turns To The Past

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 3:05 am

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra's new album is titled The Jazz Age.
Courtesy of the artist

Throughout his career, English musician Bryan Ferry has been one of popular music's most forward-looking performers. His band Roxy Music remodeled rock into an artsy, cosmopolitan sound in the early '70s and spearheaded the New Romantic style of the '80s.

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2:49pm

Wed February 13, 2013
World Cafe

Billy Cobham On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 10:51 am

Billy Cobham.
Courtesy of the artist

From his 1970s breakthrough as a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra to his influential role as a leading drummer in the style of jazz and jazz-fusion, Billy Cobham remains a powerful musical explorer. Born in Panama, raised in New York and residing in Switzerland, he translates his multicultural experience into a blend of jazz, rock and funk.

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2:38pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Music Reviews

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bicultural Jazz, Ever Shifting

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 4:47 pm

Rudresh Mahanthappa.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa's quartet can sound like it's cross-pollinating Indian classical music and vintage Captain Beefheart. That befits a bicultural saxophonist who grew up in Boulder, where his Hindu family had a Christmas tree. For a long time, Mahanthappa resisted combining jazz and Indian music — it was almost too obvious a trajectory. But then he got serious about it.

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5:04pm

Mon February 11, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Remembering Donald Byrd, Jazz Trumpeter Who Spanned Generations

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 11:23 am

Donald Byrd onstage, in an image circulated by his record label at the time, Blue Note Records.
Echoes/Redferns Getty Images

1:30pm

Fri February 8, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Randy Weston On Piano Jazz

Pianist Randy Weston recently returned to Piano Jazz for a new session with host Marian McPartland. Weston got his start playing with Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and Kenny Dorham in the late 1940s and '50s, and won New Star Pianist in the 1955 Downbeat poll. By the end of that decade, Weston was inspired by the burgeoning civil rights movement in the U.S. and the independence movement among African nations.

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4:12pm

Thu February 7, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Why J Dilla May Be Jazz's Latest Great Innovator

J Dilla in the studio of fellow producer Madlib.
Roger Erickson Courtesy of the artist

2:52pm

Thu February 7, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Jason Moran's 'Live: Time On The Quilts Of Gee's Bend' Suite On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 3:33 pm

Jason Moran (left), Alicia Hall Moran (center), The Bandwagon and Bill Frisell (right) perform at the KC Jazz Club.
Scott Suchman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

The Philadelphia Museum of Art recently commissioned Jason Moran to write music in conjunction with its exhibition of quilts made by a remarkable group of African-American women in a small rural community on a bend in the Alabama River.

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11:49am

Thu February 7, 2013
The Mix

The Mix: 50 Great Jazz Vocals

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 1:38 pm

Billie Holiday topped Jazz24's list of the greatest jazz vocal songs with "Strange Fruit."
Hulton Archive Getty Images

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4:28pm

Wed February 6, 2013
Music Interviews

Anat Cohen: Bringing The Clarinet To The World

Jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen has a new album out called Claroscuro.
Jimmy Katz Anzic Records

Clarinetist Anat Cohen is one of a handful of Israeli jazz musicians making a mark on the American jazz scene. She's been voted Clarinetist of the Year six years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association, and her most recent album, Claroscuro, showcases the range of her talents and musical influences, from New Orleans-style jazz to Israel to Latin music — particularly that of Brazil.

Cohen says that the clarinet's somewhat old-fashioned reputation may be the result of the very thing that attracts her to the instrument.

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11:04am

Wed February 6, 2013
A Blog Supreme

When Your Grandfather Is The Greatest Living Jazz Drummer

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 3:44 pm

Marcus Gilmore (left) and Roy Haynes perform together in Washington, D.C., in 2009. Haynes' daughter is Gilmore's mother.
Theo Wargo Getty Images

The drummer Marcus Gilmore is coming off a major year in his career. In 2012, DownBeat magazine named him its top Rising Star Drummer in its long-running Critics Poll; pianist Vijay Iyer's trio, of which Gilmore is a member, also took the Jazz Album and Jazz Group of the Year categories.

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