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


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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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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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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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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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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Fri March 29, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Shirley Scott On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 4:21 pm

Shirley Scott
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

In this Piano Jazz episode recorded in 1992, we remember the remarkable talents of Shirley Scott, the "Queen of the Organ," as she solos on "Skylark" and joins host Marian McPartland for a piano duet of "In a Mellow Tone."

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Fri March 29, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Are There Mistakes In Jazz?

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 9:36 am

"It's about being here in the moment, accepting one another and allowing creativity to flow." - Stefon Harris
Alan Klein TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Making Mistakes.

About Stefon Harris' TEDTalk

What is a mistake? By going through examples with his improvisational jazz quartet, Stefon Harris gets to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don't react to them appropriately.

About Stefon Harris

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Thu March 28, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

They Drive At 55: The Monterey Jazz Anniversary Tour

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

Christian McBride in rehearsal at the Kennedy Center.
Jeffrey Kliman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center.

In September 2012, the Monterey Jazz Festival celebrated 55 years. The late Dave Brubeck was among the founders of the Monterey Jazz Festival. Dizzy Gillespie made many an appearance. Charles Mingus and Charles Lloyd recorded landmark albums.

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Fri March 22, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Bebo Valdés, Giant Of Cuban Music, Is Dead

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 7:04 pm

Bebo Valdés rehearses at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2004.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

One of the giants of Cuban music, pianist and composer/arranger Bebo Valdés, died Friday in Sweden due to complications from pneumonia, according to his wife and manager. He was 94.

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