Jazz

8:03am

Wed February 20, 2013
Favorite Sessions

KCRW Presents: Jose James

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:16 pm

Jose James performs before a live audience for KCRW.
KCRW

Watching Jose James perform live was one of the most remarkable experiences we've had at our intimate in-studio sessions.

The soulful jazz singer blends his powerful vocals with hip-hop beats, smooth R&B choruses and an equally talented backing band. You'll never hear James' songs the same way again after hearing them live.

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2:59pm

Fri February 15, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

George Duke On Piano Jazz

George Duke.
Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Piano Jazz, multifaceted keyboardist George Duke joins host Marian McPartland for a session recorded in 1994.

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12:17pm

Fri February 15, 2013
The Checkout: Live

Orrin Evans: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 11:12 am

Pianist Orrin Evans performs at 92Y Tribeca as part of WBGO's The Checkout Live concert series.
John Rogers johnrogersnyc.com

The pianist Orrin Evans splits much of his time between Philadelphia, where he grew up, and New York, a much larger jazz scene where he gigs often. A hard-charging player, seasoned with the harmonic touch of fellow Philadelphian McCoy Tyner, Evans is in high demand in a lot of places. Last year saw him release his 19th album as a bandleader or co-leader, Flip the Script. It's a trio recording, a format which both intimidates and excites him; here, he takes up the three-man challenge anew.

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4:02pm

Thu February 14, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Survey The Portland Jazz Scene With Five Great Tunes

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 12:19 pm

Pianist Darrell Grant is one of the anchors of the Portland jazz community.
Hiroshi Iwaya Courtesy of the artist

No matter what a certain television series tells you, Portland, Ore., isn't all that weird. Sure, we make great coffee, ride bicycles, eat organic food — and, yes, there are a lot of hippies and hipsters here. But Portland is much more than that.

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1:27pm

Thu February 14, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Bill Frisell On JazzSet

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 4:09 pm

Bill Frisell plays John Lennon songs on the Fort Stage at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

On a video promoting Bill Frisell's album All We Are Saying, the guitarist shares the depth of his connection to John Lennon's music: "I don't know if I'd be playing guitar if it weren't for The Beatles." Frisell tells the story of how, several tours ago, a European presenter asked Frisell's band to play a Lennon set.

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5:23pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Music Interviews

Bryan Ferry: A Forward-Looking Musician Turns To The Past

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 3:05 am

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra's new album is titled The Jazz Age.
Courtesy of the artist

Throughout his career, English musician Bryan Ferry has been one of popular music's most forward-looking performers. His band Roxy Music remodeled rock into an artsy, cosmopolitan sound in the early '70s and spearheaded the New Romantic style of the '80s.

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2:49pm

Wed February 13, 2013
World Cafe

Billy Cobham On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 10:51 am

Billy Cobham.
Courtesy of the artist

From his 1970s breakthrough as a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra to his influential role as a leading drummer in the style of jazz and jazz-fusion, Billy Cobham remains a powerful musical explorer. Born in Panama, raised in New York and residing in Switzerland, he translates his multicultural experience into a blend of jazz, rock and funk.

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2:38pm

Wed February 13, 2013
Music Reviews

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bicultural Jazz, Ever Shifting

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 4:47 pm

Rudresh Mahanthappa.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa's quartet can sound like it's cross-pollinating Indian classical music and vintage Captain Beefheart. That befits a bicultural saxophonist who grew up in Boulder, where his Hindu family had a Christmas tree. For a long time, Mahanthappa resisted combining jazz and Indian music — it was almost too obvious a trajectory. But then he got serious about it.

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5:04pm

Mon February 11, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Remembering Donald Byrd, Jazz Trumpeter Who Spanned Generations

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 11:23 am

Donald Byrd onstage, in an image circulated by his record label at the time, Blue Note Records.
Echoes/Redferns Getty Images

The trumpeter and educator Donald Byrd, a top jazz practitioner in the '50s and '60s whose later work shaped black pop music through multiple generations, died Feb. 4 in Dover, Del. Haley Funeral Directors near Detroit confirmed the news, which was first circulated online last week. He was 80.

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1:30pm

Fri February 8, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Randy Weston On Piano Jazz

Pianist Randy Weston recently returned to Piano Jazz for a new session with host Marian McPartland. Weston got his start playing with Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and Kenny Dorham in the late 1940s and '50s, and won New Star Pianist in the 1955 Downbeat poll. By the end of that decade, Weston was inspired by the burgeoning civil rights movement in the U.S. and the independence movement among African nations.

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