Thu May 28, 2015
World Cafe

Pokey LaFarge On World Cafe

Pokey LaFarge.
Joshua Black Wilkins Courtesy of the artist

Beloved by both Garrison Keillor and Jack White, Pokey LaFarge describes his own music — a mix of old-time jazz, blues, ragtime and string-band music from the past century — as timeless rather than retro.

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Tue May 26, 2015
Songs We Love

Songs We Love: Miles Davis Quintet, 'Gingerbread Boy' (Live At Newport)

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 10:07 am

Miles Davis poses at the side of stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
David Redfern Redferns

"Gingerbread Boy" is a fetching blues head by Jimmy Heath that became a jazz standard pretty much immediately after it was first recorded. Usually, its melody is played in call-and-response: the horns play a line, the piano or guitar replies with a specific riff, repeat.

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Sat May 23, 2015

Jamie Cullum Wants You To Hear These Jazz Tunes

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 1:48 pm

Jamie Cullum, a popular jazz musician, shares his top tracks of the moment.
McVirn Etienne Courtesy of the artist


Fri May 22, 2015
Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program

Joe Temperley: 'No Greater Sound On Earth'

Joe Temperley performs with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2013.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

Baritone saxophonist and clarinetist Joe Temperley has led an illustrious career spanning several decades, performing in some of the best big bands that ever were. Temperley, now 85, has performed with the orchestras of Humphrey Lyttelton, Woody Herman, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, and of course, Duke Ellington. For the past 25 years, Temperley has also been the heart and soul of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

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Fri May 22, 2015
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Lionel Hampton On Piano Jazz

Lionel Hampton.
Reg Davis Getty Images

Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton (1908–2002) was one of the most influential figures in the history of jazz. He made the vibes a vital voice in the arsenal of jazz instruments, and gained international fame while playing in Benny Goodman's small groups and leading his own orchestra.

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Fri May 22, 2015
World Cafe

West Philadelphia Orchestra On World Cafe

West Philadelphia Orchestra with interloping World Cafe host David Dye (ensousaphoned, right).
Rich McKie WXPN

We've got something quite different as our Sense of Place: Philly series continues. Philadelphia has a brass band called The West Philadelphia Orchestra. They specialize in Balkan music, and as they were rehearsing a number of years ago, a singer was passing by who knew the music they were playing from growing up — and she joined the band. Petia Zamfirova will be the first to say this eclectic group is not just about backing her singing. We'll find out how this band grew here, hear about their selection in the All Songs Considered Tiny Desk Concert contest and more.

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Fri May 22, 2015
All Songs Considered

All Songs +1: 'Epic' Jazz From Kamasi Washington

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 10:37 am

Kamasi Washington's appropriately-named new album, The Epic, is out now.
Courtesy of the artist

Even if you don't know anything about jazz, it's quite possible you've heard the music of saxophonist Kamasi Washington: That's him on the latest albums by Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus. But that's only the very tip of his iceberg.

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Thu May 21, 2015

Mathias Eick's 'Midwest': A Musical Landscape

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:07 pm

On Mathias Eick's new album, Midwest, he composes musical impressions of the Midwestern landscape.
Courtesy of the artist


Wed May 20, 2015
A Blog Supreme

Bruce Lundvall, Jazz Record Executive, Has Died

Bruce Lundvall attends a ceremony hosted by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which produces the Grammy Awards. In addition to his role as record executive, he also once served as director of the Recording Academy.
Noel Vasquez Getty Images

Bruce Lundvall, the longtime President of Blue Note Records who supported many top jazz artists over the last four decades, died yesterday, May 19. The cause was complications of Parkinson's Disease, according to a Blue Note statement. He was 79.

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Tue May 19, 2015
Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program

A Tribute To Kenny Wheeler

Kenny Wheeler.
W. Patrick Hinely Courtesy of the artist

The late Kenny Wheeler's stunning compositions and imaginative improvisations on trumpet and flugelhorn left deep impressions on generations of musicians. Two such devotees — trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler — revisited Wheeler's compositions after his death in 2014 at age 84. And in doing so, they realized they wanted to record their arrangements, paying tribute to the man who catalyzed their own careers.

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