Jazz

3:11pm

Mon March 18, 2013
The Checkout: Live

Tiny Resistors: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:40 am

Todd Sickafoose performs at the 92Y Tribeca.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Bassist Todd Sickafoose is heard often in two cities — his native San Francisco Bay Area and his adopted New York City. Ani DiFranco fans know his sound, too, as he worked with the singer-songwriter for the better part of a decade. In 2008, he released Tiny Resistors, a lushly textured record that put him on the map as a composer and bandleader. Swamped in horns and violin and twin guitars and rock rhythms, Tiny Resistors the band has become an expansive compositional outlet for Sickafoose.

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6:36pm

Fri March 15, 2013
A Blog Supreme

75 Years Of Charles Lloyd, Jazz's Spirit Warrior

Charles Lloyd performs with pianist Jason Moran in Munich in early 2013.
Dorothy Darr ECM Records

If you ask saxophonist Charles Lloyd about his career in music, he'd start many decades ago, in the Memphis where he grew up and the Mississippi of his grandfather's farm. The South is where he absorbed the blues, picked up a saxophone and met the all-time great musicians who would shape his future course.

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5:26pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Music News

The 'Singing Sound' Of Saxophonist Charles Lloyd

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 8:31 pm

Charles Lloyd, 75, continues to tour widely.
Dorothy Darr ECM Records

Charles Lloyd has a way of talking that sounds a lot like the notes from his saxophone: full of youthful energy, yet packed with experiences reserved for grownups.

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5:19pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Linda Ronstadt On Piano Jazz

Linda Ronstadt at the 19th Annual Bridge School Benefit in 2005.
Tim Mosenfelder Getty Images

On this episode, Piano Jazz presents a special session with legendary vocalist Linda Ronstadt and pianist-arranger Alan Broadbent, recorded live at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass.

Ronstadt was born July 15, 1946, outside Tuscon, Arizona. She recalls that her family was always singing and playing music together, though none were professional musicians.

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4:13pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Song Travels

Catherine Russell On 'Song Travels'

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 4:18 pm

Catherine Russell.
Stefan Falke Courtesy of the artist.

As a child, singer Catherine Russell bounced on the knee of Louis Armstrong. Her father, Luis Russell, held the position of musical director for Armstrong, and her mother, Carline Ray, was trained at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music. It was only natural that Russell would choose a musical path for her own life.

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5:39am

Sun March 10, 2013
Music Interviews

Hiromi: Finding Music In The Daily Din

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 11:20 am

Hiromi's latest album is called Move.
Sakiko Nomura Courtesy of the artist

Japanese pianist Hiromi approached the making of her latest album with a love for all kinds of sound, no matter how quotidian.

"Even a car honk, I love it," Hiromi says. "Sometimes, when you are at the crossing point of the street, you hear different car honks at the same time and you hear amazing chords."

She says there's one particular sound from daily life that she could never warm up to, however, even though she depends on it to wake up: the chime of an alarm clock.

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11:46am

Fri March 8, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Stacy Rowles On Piano Jazz

Stacy Rowles on the cover of Tell It Like It Is.
Courtesy of the artist

Stacy Rowles once wrote a note to her father, pianist and composer Jimmy Rowles, stating: "Dear Dad, if you buy me a flugelhorn, I'll play the [expletive] out of it." Indeed she did, and she picked up singing, as well. A longtime mainstay on the Los Angeles jazz scene, Rowles worked with the all-female quintet the Jazzbirds, led by the late multi-instrumentalist Betty O'Hara, as well as the Jazz Tap Ensemble and the DIVA Big Band.

Recently, host Marian McPartland remembered this 2001 session with Rowles.

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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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