Jazz

12:20am

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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9:00am

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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2:14pm

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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12:32pm

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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12:13pm

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

9:35am

Fri November 23, 2012
Piano Jazz

Tony Bennett On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Sun December 2, 2012 12:01 pm

Tony Bennett.
Jo Hale Getty Images Entertainment

On this Piano Jazz session from 2004, Tony Bennett brings his effortlessly swinging singing to an impeccable set of tunes from the Great American Songbook, including music from Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen, Ted Koehler, Alec Wilder and more.

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8:03am

Thu November 22, 2012
JazzSet

Gretchen Parlato, The Cookers On JazzSet

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:19 pm

Gretchen Parlato performing at the Caramoor Jazz Festival in Katonah, N.Y. July 28.
Gabe Palacio Courtesy of the Caramoor Festival

Ninety years ago near the village of Katonah, N.Y., art lovers Walter and Lucie Rosen bought Caramoor, a wooded estate, and built a home for their collection of painting and sculpture. Every room was a gallery, including their favorite, the Music Room; after they lost their only son in World War II, they presented a small concert series there to honor him. So began the transformation of Caramoor from a private home to an arts center and treasure for Westchester County, north of New York City.

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5:30pm

Wed November 21, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Coleman Hawkins: Tenor Saxophone, Front And Center

Originally published on Thu November 22, 2012 10:54 pm

Coleman Hawkins in 1946.
William Gottlieb The Library Of Congress

When tenor saxophonist John Coltrane recorded his composition "Giant Steps" in 1959, he created something that changed the way musicians thought about improvisation and harmony. Decades earlier, the man who took the first leaps and bounds with the tenor sax in jazz was Coleman Hawkins.

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1:26pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Music Reviews

The Mythic Power Of Bessie Smith

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 11:39 am

circa 1935: American singer Bessie Smith (circa 1894 - 1937), known as the Empress of the Blues. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)
Three Lions Getty Images

Vocalist Bessie Smith's musical career, spanning 1923-33, has been collected in a new 10-CD box set, Bessie Smith: The Complete Columbia Recordings.

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4:57pm

Tue November 20, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Pete La Roca, Top Post-Bop Jazz Drummer, Has Died

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 5:16 pm

The drummer Pete La Roca, a top freelance drummer during New York's post-bop heyday in the 1950s and '60s, died early this morning in New York. The cause was lung cancer, according to Randa Kirshbaum, a former girlfriend. He was 74 years old.

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