Jazz

3:08pm

Thu May 1, 2014
A Blog Supreme

Remembering Armando Peraza, An Afro-Cuban Percussion Giant

It's hard to imagine a musical career that included musicians as varied as Charlie Parker, Peggy Lee, George Shearing and Carlos Santana. But such was hand percussionist Armando Peraza's resumé after almost 70 years making music.

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2:53pm

Wed April 30, 2014
Mountain Stage

The Julian Lage Trio On Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:29 pm

The Julian Lage Trio.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The Julian Lage Trio makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown.

A bona fide prodigy, Lage was the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary Jules At Eight. He made his recording debut in 1999 at age 11, alongside David Grisman, Bela Fleck, Vassar Clements and Edgar Meyer.

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1:54pm

Wed April 30, 2014
A Blog Supreme

How Japan Came To Love Jazz

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 2:04 pm

U.S. servicemen and their Japanese partners dance to jazz tunes in the newly opened Tokyo nightclub Oasis of the Ginza, circa 1945.
Keystone Getty Images

If you've witnessed a headlining performance from pianists Toshiko Akiyoshi or Hiromi, visited a "jazu kissa" cafe where records are spun and coffee poured, or read nearly any work by author Haruki Murakami, then you probably have a sense that Japan has taken well to jazz music.

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2:03am

Tue April 29, 2014
Music

The Public School Where The Duke Lives On

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:52 pm

Trumpeter Geraldo Marshall and trombonist Johannes Utas, students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, rehearse for their school's 40th anniversary celebration.
Lauren Migaki NPR

Duke Ellington didn't consider himself a jazz musician.

He said he was a musician who played jazz. And what a musician: pianist, bandleader, composer of more than 1,000 songs including standards like "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Satin Doll" and "Sophisticated Lady."

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6:21pm

Sat April 26, 2014
Music Interviews

René Marie On Singing, Sex And The Importance Of Being Eartha

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 1:54 pm

Jazz singer René Marie's latest release is I Wanna Be Evil: With Love to Eartha Kitt.
Janice Yim Courtesy of the artist

8:07am

Sat April 26, 2014
Music

A Millionaire Saves The Silenced Symphonies Of Pakistan

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 11:30 am

Izzat Majeed address a crowd in New York during a collaborative concert between Sachal Studios musicians and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The Lahore-born philanthropist founded a recording studio and provided opportunities for musicians in Pakistan.
Hiroyuki Ito Getty Images

4:02pm

Fri April 25, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Paquito D'Rivera On Piano Jazz

Paquito D'Rivera.
Lane Pederson Courtesy of the artist

Paquito D'Rivera is an alto saxophone virtuoso with a huge, bright sound. He's also a fleet-fingered clarinetist, a defiant composer, a radiant arranger and a pianist to boot. D'Rivera was a child prodigy in his native Cuba and a renowned musician on the jazz scene there. In 1980, he left Cuba for the U.S. and quickly took the American jazz scene by storm.

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9:03am

Fri April 25, 2014
A Blog Supreme

The Art Of Cool: 5 Bands At The Borders Of Jazz

The vocal trio KING features production from Paris Strother, a jazz-trained pianist.
Alyssa Tumino Courtesy of the artist

1:30pm

Thu April 24, 2014
Music Interviews

Vijay Iyer On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'

Q2 Music

Pianist, composer, improviser and 2013 MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer has built a career of making musical connections. Increasingly recognized as one of the most inventive musicians working today, he received an interdisciplinary Ph.D.

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1:11pm

Thu April 24, 2014
A Blog Supreme

The History Of Jazz Piano In 11 Minutes

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 2:04 pm

Evidently, pianist Kris Bowers' bookshelf includes James Baldwin's uncollected writings and Robin Kelley's biography of Thelonious Monk.
Janette Beckman Courtesy of the artist

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