Jazz

12:04pm

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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9:55am

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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2:03pm

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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7:35pm

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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6:39pm

Fri March 22, 2013
Live At The Village Vanguard

Tom Harrell's 'Colors Of A Dream': Live At The Village Vanguard

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:42 am

Tom Harrell at the Village Vanguard.
John Rogers for NPR

At 66, the jazz trumpeter Tom Harrell is as busy as ever: His current band has released five excellent albums since 2007 alone. (It performed for this concert series in 2009.) He's so prolific that he's been writing and arranging music for other ensembles all the while. Last year, Harrell presented a nine-piece chamber jazz ensemble, and he's been at work on a new, piano-less project.

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4:41pm

Fri March 22, 2013
Song Travels

Matt Munisteri On 'Song Travels'

Matt Munisteri.
Courtesy of the artist

Matt Munisteri is a guitarist, vocalist and composer with an ear for a bygone era. A masterful and mainly self-trained musician in high demand, he has arranged for and performed with artists including Mark O'Connor, Julian Lage, Catherine Russell and Diana Krall.

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1:12pm

Fri March 22, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Diana Krall On Piano Jazz

Diana Krall.
Jane Shirek Courtesy of the artist

Canadian pianist, singer and songwriter Diana Krall grew up in a town called Nanaimo on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Both her father (who collected jazz records and played a bit of stride piano) and her mother (also a pianist) encouraged her interest in jazz and exposed her to all of the great players. She began studying the piano at age 4 and had several small jazz groups while in high school.

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12:58pm

Fri March 22, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Diana Krall On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 1:02 pm

Diana Krall.
Bruce Weber Courtesy of the artist

Canadian pianist, singer and songwriter Diana Krall grew up in a town called Nanaimo on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Both her father (who collected jazz records and played a bit of stride piano) and her mother (also a pianist) encouraged her interest in jazz and exposed her to all of the great players. She began studying the piano at age 4 and had several small jazz groups while in high school.

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2:26pm

Thu March 21, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Chris Lightcap's 'Lost And Found New York' On JazzSet

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:23 pm

Chris Lightcap performs at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center.
R.R. Jones Courtesy of the Kuumbwa Jazz Center

When Chris Lightcap was a student in the Berkshires, he'd put his bass in his car and drive down the river to New York City, south on the Taconic to the Sawmill, over the Henry Hudson Bridge, up on a soaring bluff with a great view to the right of the New Jersey Palisades and George Washington Bridge and New York City coming up on the left. Right about there, Lightcap would ask himself, "What would it be like to live here?"

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2:22am

Thu March 21, 2013
The Checkout: Live

Rosetta Trio: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:39 am

Stephan Crump performs at the 92Y Tribeca.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Stephan Crump's low-end theory will be familiar to fans of the world-renowned Vijay Iyer Trio, where Crump has discharged bass responsibilities for many years. Apart from his globetrotting and other sideman duties, he's also a composer, both for film and for his own bands. Of late, his best-known project has been the Rosetta Trio, featuring the dueling timbres of an electric guitarist and an acoustic foil.

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