Jazz

5:36pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Music News

Remembering Butch Morris, The Man Who Conducted Improvisation

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 6:18 pm

Butch Morris leads a conduction at the 2007 Skopje Jazz Festival in Macedonia.
Samir Ljuma for NPR

The jazz musician Butch Morris was beloved by his fellow musicians and acclaimed by critics and fans for his ability to conduct improvisation. While that may sound like a contradiction, Morris pulled it off — with jazz musicians and symphony orchestras around the world.

A resident of New York City, he died yesterday in a Brooklyn hospital of cancer. He was 65 years old.

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3:27pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Music Reviews

A 1969 Bootleg Unearths Miles Davis' 'Lost' Quintet

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 6:18 pm

Miles Davis' Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 is a compilation of previously unreleased material performed by a short-lived incarnation of his touring band.
Courtesy of the artist

After a slew of multidisc sets devoted to key points in the career of Miles Davis, you'd think Columbia Records would have unearthed every speck of consequential music by now. But not quite.

This week, Columbia brings out Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2 — a three-CD, one-DVD set devoted to the jazz maverick's "lost" quintet, his touring band from 1969.

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10:18am

Wed January 30, 2013
Live At The Village Vanguard

David Virelles Continuum: Live At The Village Vanguard

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:05 am

David Virelles.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

David Virelles moved to New York in 2009 — and, following in a long line of Cuban-born pianists before him, quickly found himself in several bands led by elite jazz musicians. But Virelles also moved to study composition with iconoclast Henry Threadgill, and what he's come up with as a bandleader extends beyond music.

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8:17am

Wed January 30, 2013
Concerts

McCoy Tyner: Live At SFJAZZ

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 1:09 pm

McCoy Tyner at the SFJAZZ Center Opening Night concert.
Scott Chernis Courtesy of SFJAZZ

Few pianists have been as influential to modern jazz practice as McCoy Tyner. His harmonic and rhythmic conceptions, notably displayed as a member of John Coltrane's "classic" quartet, are instantly recognizable. And at age 74, you can still hear his driving left hand and dense chordal suggestions in fine form.

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8:06am

Wed January 30, 2013
Concerts

Joe Lovano & Joshua Redman: Live At SFJAZZ

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 12:18 pm

Saxophonists Joshua Redman (center) and Joe Lovano (left) lead a performance at the SFJAZZ Center grand opening.
Scott Chernis Courtesy of SFJAZZ

Once he had established himself as a world-class saxophonist, Joshua Redman moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he grew up. Soon afterward, he co-founded the SFJAZZ Collective, an all-star resident ensemble and touring group, and served as its artistic director for several years. When he stepped down from his post, his replacement was another titan of the tenor sax: Joe Lovano.

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5:24pm

Fri January 25, 2013
NPR Story

Bill Evans On Piano Jazz

Bill Evans is one of the giants of jazz piano.

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2:01pm

Thu January 24, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 3:21 pm

Ryan Truesdell conducts the Gil Evans Centennial Project at Newport.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Gil Evans was born in Canada in 1912. He latched onto jazz and, in time, taught himself to write it. First, for dancers, Evans arranged tunes off the radio for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra as well as the sweet, warm sounds of flutes and French horns. Then Evans downsized the Thornhill sound to a nonet for The Birth of the Cool.

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5:48pm

Tue January 22, 2013
Music Interviews

The New SFJAZZ Center, As Seen By Its Musicians

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 1:47 pm

The interior of the auditorium at the new SFJAZZ Center.
Henrik Kam Courtesy of SFJAZZ

In 1983, buoyed by a $10,000 grant from a city arts fund, a new concert presenter in San Francisco put together a festival called Jazz In The City. Fast-forward 30 years, and that organization — now called SFJAZZ and presenting more than 100 concerts a year — has raised $64 million, largely in private donations, for a new state-of-the-art performance space and permanent home. The SFJAZZ Center held a grand-opening ceremony Monday, and will celebrate Wednesday night with an all-star opening-night concert.

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2:39pm

Tue January 22, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Jose James On Touring With McCoy Tyner

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 5:21 pm

Jose James.
Janette Beckman Courtesy of the artist

Singer Jose James releases his album No Beginning, No End today. For a little while longer, you can still hear it via NPR Music's First Listen series. Plus, James recently gave an interview to host Melissa Block for today's episode of All Things Considered.

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1:45pm

Fri January 18, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Chick Corea On Piano Jazz

Chick Corea.
Chick Corea Productions

Keyboard player and composer Chick Corea was born Armando Anthony Corea in Chelsea, Mass., on June 12, 1941. His father, a Dixieland trumpet player, introduced Corea to jazz at an early age. By the time he was 4, Corea had begun studying the piano and played regular jazz gigs in high school. After graduation, he moved to New York to study music at Columbia and then Juilliard.

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