Jazz

5:57pm

Tue January 15, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Winter Jazzfest 2013: Sounds Of Surprise When You're Already Expecting Everything

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 11:04 am

John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

The Winter Jazzfest turned nine this year, and it's matured into a known quantity, a New York cultural landmark. Its variety of routines have worn in enough to develop some comforting predictability. For such a scrappy, low-to-the-ground happening designed around emerging artists and new repertoires, that's an achievement.

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11:19am

Mon January 14, 2013
Concerts

SFJAZZ Center Opening Night: Live In Concert

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:11 am

Chick Corea (piano) and Bill Frisell duet during the opening night concert at the new SFJAZZ Center.
Scott Chernis Courtesy of SFJAZZ

Thirty years after presenting its first concerts in San Francisco, the organization SFJAZZ has built a permanent home and performance venue. The SFJAZZ Center, conceived as the first stand-alone building for jazz in the U.S., opened with a star-studded concert on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. WWOZ, WBGO and NPR Music teamed up for a live radio and online video broadcast of the concert.

Set List

Note: A full archive of the concert and video excerpts will be made available pending permissions.

  • Percussion Invocation
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4:43pm

Fri January 11, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Kurt Elling On Piano Jazz

Kurt Elling.
Anna Webber Courtesy of the artist

Vocalist and poet Kurt Elling brings his rich baritone to Piano Jazz for a set of tunes and spoken improvisations with host Marian McPartland. As a child, Elling sang regularly in church and discovered jazz while studying at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He began sitting in at the city's jazz clubs, where his unique ability to improvise vocally led him in a new career direction.

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1:54pm

Fri January 11, 2013
A Blog Supreme

5 New Projects At Winter Jazzfest 2013

Mark de Clive-Lowe, a DJ and keyboard player, will present his CHURCH ensemble.
Eric Coleman Courtesy of the artist

Unpredictability is the active ingredient of New York's annual Winter Jazzfest. This year, fans will meander around six nearby clubs and take their pick of simultaneous shows. Choosing from among so many acts will be difficult.

Many of the bands are new, paced in rapid succession and often cryptically named. If you only have 45 minutes to spare, do you check out Breeding Ground? Hazmat Modine? Merger? 40Twenty? 10^32K?

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3:45pm

Thu January 10, 2013
A Blog Supreme

15 Jazz Albums To Look Out For In 2013

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 11:42 pm

Wayne Shorter.
Robert Ascroft Courtesy of the artist

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton on All Songs Considered as they previewed some of the big upcoming releases of 2013. My pick was No Beginning, No End by the chameleonic vocalist Jose James.

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1:40pm

Thu January 10, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Geof Bradfield's 'Melba!' On JazzSet

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:13 am

Geof Bradfield's suite traces Melba Liston's (pictured) life story through her work with Dizzy Gillespie and Randy Weston.
Courtesy of Institute Of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University

Not long ago, when musicians needed good charts, they called Melba Liston. She wrote for Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Weston, Elvin Jones, Clark Terry and many more.

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5:31pm

Tue January 8, 2013
A Blog Supreme

A Brief History Of Jazz Education, Pt. 2

Herbie Hancock speaks with the current class of Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance masters degree students.
Chip Latshaw UCLA

As a teaching assistant for UCLA's undergraduate course "Jazz in American Culture," I spend much of my time in a scene found on college campuses around the world. My professor, the seasoned jazz guitarist Charley Harrison, lectures eager students on the music's geniuses. In the evening, he directs the college big band through classic Swing Era repertoire and modern reinterpretations of it. Harrison and his colleagues also lead smaller ensembles that take 1960s hard bop as their aesthetic core.

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10:28am

Mon January 7, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Milt Jackson On Piano Jazz

Milt Jackson.
William Gottlieb Library of Congress via Flickr

Vibraphonist Milt "Bags" Jackson would have been 90 this year. A member of the Modern Jazz Quartet, he also worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery and many more.

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2:41pm

Fri January 4, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Help Pick The Greatest Jazz Vocals Of All Time

Ella Fitzgerald, 1946.
William Gottlieb The Library of Congress

Our partners at Jazz24 — that's the Internet jazz radio service from Seattle-Tacoma's KPLU — are making a list of the 50 Quintessential Jazz Vocals of All Time. They'll create an online stream from the results, and they're looking for your help. Vote for up to three of your top picks via a simple online survey.

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11:59am

Fri January 4, 2013
Song Travels

Wynton Marsalis On 'Song Travels'

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 12:30 pm

Wynton Marsalis.
Courtesy of the artist

Trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis hails from one of New Orleans' most distinguished jazz families. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his oratorio Blood on the Fields, as well as multiple Grammy Awards and the National Medal of Arts, but his commitment to the improvement of life for all people is what demonstrates the best of his character and humanity.

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