Jazz

9:03am

Fri April 12, 2013
A Blog Supreme

South By South Africa: 5 Jazz Acts From The Rainbow Nation

Originally published on Tue April 16, 2013 1:08 am

Brilliant art often hides in plain sight. Such is the case in South Africa, where, for centuries, the country turned its back on black and "coloured" musicians.

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3:28pm

Thu April 11, 2013
Music Reviews

Earl Hines: Big Bands And Beyond On A New Box Set

Earl "Fatha" Hines' band featured the likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.
Express Getty Images

By 1928, Earl Hines was jazz's most revolutionary pianist, for two good reasons. His right hand played lines in bright, clear octaves that could cut through a band. His left hand had a mind of its own. Hines could play fast stride and boogie bass patterns, but then his southpaw would go rogue — it'd seem to step out of the picture altogether, only to slide back just in time.

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1:55pm

Thu April 11, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Highlights From The Umbria Jazz Festival On JazzSet

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:10 pm

Mauro Ottolini at the Umbria Jazz Festival.
Courtesy of the Umbria Jazz Festival

The Umbria Festival in Italy turns 40 this summer. Umbria presents jazz indoors and out in two historic cities — Perugia in summer, Orvieto in winter. Marching bands parade; gospel choirs sing. Concerts start at noon, midnight and all the hours in between. (The New Year's Eve show in Orvieto begins at 1 a.m. on New Year's Day.) And the musicians can be delightfully unfamiliar, at least to American ears.

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5:42pm

Tue April 9, 2013
A Blog Supreme

The Creators Of Jazz Appreciation Month Start Celebrating

A group of musicians and major donors pose with Lionel Hampton's vibraphone at the 2013 Jazz Appreciation Month launch. From left: Mark Dibner of The Argus Fund, drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Fran Morris Rosman of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, pianist Randy Weston, Richard Rosman of the Ella Fitzgerald foundation and Smithsonian American History Museum Director John Gray.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

The 12th official Jazz Appreciation Month began when April did. But today, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, which founded the JAM campaign, kick started its own celebration with a series of performances, discussions and ceremonies.

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1:20pm

Sat April 6, 2013
A Blog Supreme

How Norway Funds A Thriving Jazz Scene

Originally published on Sat April 6, 2013 6:31 pm

Jan Bang performs a live remix at the Punkt Festival.
Courtesy of the artist

2:17pm

Fri April 5, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Mose Allison On Piano Jazz

Michael Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Influential vocalist and pianist Mose Allison joins Piano Jazz host Marian McPartland for a set of originals, as well as a few favorite tunes by Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael and more.

Originally recorded in 1988.

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12:51pm

Thu April 4, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Tootie Heath And Matt Wilson On JazzSet

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:14 pm

Ethan Iverson, Ben Street and Tootie Heath perform at the Village Vanguard.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Tootie Heath says the drummer's responsibility is to be happy. There's no better believer in the happiness ethic than Matt Wilson — and we're happy, too, grooving first to Heath, then Wilson, in highlights of sets from August and September 2012.

Born in 1935 as the youngest of three brothers headed for great jazz careers, Albert "Tootie" Heath crosses two generations to join this trio with pianist Ethan Iverson and bassist Ben Street.

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8:22am

Tue April 2, 2013
NPR Jazz Live

Chick Corea And SFJAZZ Collective: Live At SFJAZZ

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:12 am

Chick Corea performs with the SFJAZZ Collective at the SFJAZZ Center opening night.
Scott Chernis Courtesy of SFJAZZ

Every year, an all-star assemblage of today's jazz musicians called the SFJAZZ Collective picks a different all-time-great jazz composer to feature. The band then applies its own arrangements to that composer's tunes.

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5:39am

Sun March 31, 2013
Music Interviews

Bridging Arabic And Western Music With An Unusual Instrument

Originally published on Sun March 31, 2013 3:25 pm

Classically trained Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf plays a four-valved trumpet, an innovation he credits to his famous father.
Courtesy of the artist

Ibrahim Maalouf plays a four-valve trumpet — most just have three. The extra valve, attached to the button a trumpeter pushes down, allows the Lebanese musician to play quarter-tones — the notes between notes that characterize Arabic "makams."

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2:24pm

Fri March 29, 2013
A Blog Supreme

The Women In Charge Of The Band

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 2:54 pm

Mary Lou Williams performs at the Cafe Society in New York in 1947.
William Gottlieb The Library of Congress

The narrative of jazz history often credits the music as a powerful, progressive force for racial integration in American culture. But what about gender equality? On that score, jazz in its first few decades would have to be given a less than stellar grade.

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