Thu December 6, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Dave Brubeck: Beyond 'Take Five'

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 10:13 am

Dave Brubeck rehearses with the San Diego Symphony in 1995.
Mitch Tobias Getty Images


Wed December 5, 2012
The Record

Remembering The Vital Force Of Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 6:34 pm

Dave Brubeck performing on the pilot episode of a television program in 1965.
CBS Photo Archive Getty Images

To listen to Neda Ulaby's appreciation of Dave Brubeck's life and career, as heard on All Things Considered, click the audio link.

For millions of Americans who came of age in the 1950s, Dave Brubeck was jazz. His performances on college campuses, Top 40 radio play, his role as a jazz ambassador for the U.S., his picture on the cover of Time magazine — all made him one of the most recognized and recognizable musicians of the era.

He died Wednesday morning, the day before his 92nd birthday, in Norwalk, Conn. The cause was heart failure.

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Sat December 1, 2012
Favorite Sessions

Graham Dechter: Youth, Steeped In Tradition

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 5:30 pm

Graham Dechter performs at the Jazz24 studios in Seattle.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Graham Dechter is a 26-year-old jazz guitarist who's been living his dream. Dechter was invited to join the world-famous Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at 19, and now, seven years later, he's leading his own group — and just released his second album, Takin It There. Here's a clip of the Graham Dechter Quartet performing the title track in the Jazz24/KPLU studios.


  • Jeff Hamilton, drums
  • Josh Nelson, piano
  • Christoph Luty, bass


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Fri November 30, 2012
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Mulgrew Miller Trio On JazzSet

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:49 am

Mulgrew Miller.
Jean Francois Laberine

When the pianist Mulgrew Miller died on May 29, 2013, following a cerebral hemorrhage, the jazz world grieved the loss of this "wonderful musician and great spirit," in the words of his fellow pianist Kenny Barron.

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Thu November 29, 2012
A Blog Supreme

A Young Prodigy's Search, Cut Short

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 1:50 pm

Austin Peralta.
Ben Olsen Courtesy of the artist


Thu November 29, 2012
Live At The Village Vanguard

Wilson, Rosnes, Washington: Live At The Village Vanguard

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:48 am

Steve Wilson (saxophone), Renee Rosnes (piano) and Peter Washington (bass).
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

A saxophonist, a pianist and a bass player walk into a bar. But the bar happens to be one of the world's preeminent jazz clubs, where they're regularly sighted on stage. And they're working as a new collective band: no drummer, no hierarchy. So much for that joke.

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Wed November 28, 2012
Live At The Village Vanguard

Sound Prints Quintet: Live At The Village Vanguard

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:49 am

The Sound Prints Quintet is (L-R): Lawrence Fields, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Linda Oh, Joey Baron.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Few jazz bandleaders are as active — and as actively acclaimed — as saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas. But while they've met from time to time on the bandstand, their brief overlap in the SFJAZZ collective — during a season when the compositions of Wayne Shorter were featured — got them to lead a band together. It's a quintet in which they share compositional duties and top billing. And it's a band featuring two up-and-coming musicians in pianist Lawrence Fields and bassist Linda Oh, as well as Joey Baron, a drummer with whom they've grown up in music.

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Tue November 27, 2012
A Blog Supreme

'Treme' Ep. 31: To Call It Quits

The Lambreaux family meets with New Orleans city planners concerning a national jazz center.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

At the end of Treme's season three, with only an abbreviated season four to come, we find many characters walking away from opportunities. Spoiler alert for what follows.

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Mon November 26, 2012
Music Reviews

Jason Kao Hwang: From The Blues To China And Back

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 2:20 pm

Burning Bridge personnel, left to right: Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Wang Guowei (erhu), Sun Li (pipa), Ken Filiano (string bass), Andrew Drury (drum set), Joseph Daley (tuba), Steve Swell (trombone), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet/flugelhorn).
Scott Friedlander Courtesy of the artist

Jazz reflects who we are as a people — democracy in action and all that. But a jazz tune or solo is also a portrait of the musician who makes it; the music reflects the particular background and training that influences how composers compose and improvisers improvise. Jason Kao Hwang makes that autobiographical component explicit throughout his extended composition for eight pieces, Burning Bridge. His parents made the move from China around the end of WWII, and he grew up attending Presbyterian services in suburban Chicago.

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Mon November 26, 2012
A Blog Supreme

100 Years Of Don Byas And Teddy Wilson

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 5:31 pm

Teddy Wilson (center) and drummer Zutty Singleton in 1940.
William Gottlieb The Library Of Congress