Jazz

5:55pm

Thu March 7, 2013
The Checkout: Live

Walter Smith III: Live At Berklee

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:19 pm

Walter Smith III performs at Boston's Cafe 939 for a special version of WBGO's The Checkout Live.
Michael Borgida for NPR

If you've put an ear to some of the most talked-about jazz bands of the last few years, you've likely heard saxophonist Walter Smith III.

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12:25pm

Thu March 7, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Gregory Porter On JazzSet

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:47 am

Gregory Porter (center) performs with saxophonist Yohsuke Satoh at the annual Strings of Autumn International Music Festival in Prague.
Petra Hajska Courtesy of the artist

Gregory Porter's new album, Liquid Spirit, is out this week from Blue Note. Porter is making his career in a time-tested way. With two Grammy-nominated albums from a small label named Motema Music and a lot of touring — international touring — now he's gotten himself signed to a major labor.

On this JazzSet, Porter's singing at the annual Strings of Autumn International Music Festival in Prague. The Czech audience loves him! Applause between songs is running a minute or more.

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2:59pm

Wed March 6, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Time Is On Their Side: Ageless Jazz Drumming

"Killer" Ray Appleton, a veteran drummer with the wisdom of experience and ageless swing.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

I've been listening to two very good new albums led by drummers. After learning that both men are in their early 70s, I can't help but wonder how I process that fact in what I hear.

"Killer" Ray Appleton (b. 1941) and Barry Altschul (b. 1943) practice different styles. But they both came of musical age in the hard-bop era, spent many years living in Europe and eventually returned to New York. In other words, they've each got a lot of experience.

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3:35pm

Mon March 4, 2013
World Cafe

Next: Jesse Dee

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 10:46 pm

Jesse Dee.
Michael D. Spencer Courtesy of the artist

Boston-based R&B singer-songwriter Jesse Dee has opened for concerts by soul legends Etta James and Al Green, among others. Released last month, his debut album On My Mind, In My Heart is an energetic collection of funky, feel-good grooves.

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8:03am

Sat March 2, 2013
Favorite Sessions

Juan De Marcos And The Afro-Cuban All Stars: Dig That 'Dundunbanza'

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:22 pm

Juan de Marcos González of the Afro-Cuban All Stars performs live for Jazz24.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Many music lovers know Juan de Marcos González as the man who teamed up with guitarist Ry Cooder to create Buena Vista Social Club. But González was busy celebrating the history of Cuban music long before Cooder arrived on the scene.

Concurrently with the Buena Vista project, González was recording an album with his own band, The Afro-Cuban All Stars. The orchestra now contains expatriate Cuban musicians, young and old alike, from around the world.

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2:48pm

Fri March 1, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Kevin Eubanks On Piano Jazz

Kevin Eubanks.
Raj Naik Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Piano Jazz, guitarist and former Tonight Show bandleader Kevin Eubanks joins Marian McPartland for a set featuring music by Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane.

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4:44pm

Thu February 28, 2013
A Blog Supreme

A List Of 5 Songs About ... Lists

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 11:42 am

Detail from the cover art to Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson.
Verve Records

Over the past few years, Take Five's theme-based jazz lists have covered a wide variety of subjects. We've covered the careers of legends, the cutting-edge work of up-and-coming artists, styles, periods, holidays, regional scenes and more. Today, Take Five goes "meta" and presents a list of songs about... lists.

The lyrical conceits of these five songs are simply to list things. And, of course, feel free to suggest your favorite songs about lists that weren't included here. ("What, no 'Route 66'? Really?")

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3:35pm

Thu February 28, 2013
World Cafe

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra On World Cafe

Bryan Ferry.
Adam Whitehead Courtesy of the artist

Bryan Ferry says he only listens to 1920s jazz these days — and The Jazz Age, the new album from The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, backs up that claim. The Jazz Age finds Ferry doing a lot of listening, as he neither sings nor plays on the record.

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3:23pm

Thu February 28, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Christie Dashiell, Alfredo Rodriguez On JazzSet

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:50 am

In his early 20s, Alfredo Rodriguez came to the U.S. with a spoken invitation from Quincy Jones.
Courtesy of the artist

Though originally from North Carolina, Christie Dashiell attended Howard University in Washington, D.C., and now studies with Peter Eldridge from New York Voices at Manhattan School of Music. No stranger to the Kennedy Center, she has participated in the Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead training program there, and sung with the a cappella choir Afro-Blue from Howard University.

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7:35am

Sat February 23, 2013
Favorite Sessions

Esperanza Spalding: Song For A 'City Of Roses'

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:10 am

Esperanza Spalding performs live for opbmusic.
opbmusic

Esperanza Spalding has often said that she hopes to use the fame from her 2011 Best New Artist Grammy to help give her friends and mentors in the jazz world the recognition they deserve. She got her chance earlier this month, when Spalding and her longtime teacher and mentor, trumpeter Thara Memory, accepted the Grammy for their arrangement of "City of Roses" from Spalding's 2012 album Radio Music Society.

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