Jazz

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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8:03am

Tue November 20, 2012
Heavy Rotation

Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 11:34 am

The L.A. duo Foxygen just released a new song, "Shuggie," which Philadelphia's WXPN quickly embraced.
Angel Ceballos

Our November edition of "Heavy Rotation" includes new favorite songs from public-radio stations across the country. Starting out west, Colorado Public Radio's OpenAir channel highlights one of Denver's most promising young voices, Esme Patterson. Kansas Public Radio's "Trail Mix" show is obsessed with folksinger Rayna Gellert. WEMU in Ypsilanti, Mich., is feeling blues belter Mary Bridget Davies. WXPN in Philadelphia recently added the wonderfully named Foxygen. And Vermont Public Radio is getting ready for winter with bassist Marcus Miller.

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3:26am

Tue November 20, 2012
Movies

Controversial Casting For A Nina Simone Biopic

Originally published on Mon November 26, 2012 11:35 am

Nina Simone (left) and actress Zoe Saldana are seen in this composite image. Saldana has been cast to play the late singer in a film biopic.
John Minihan/Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

The rumors that had been around for a couple of years have finally been confirmed: At long last, there's a film in the works about the turbulent life of Nina Simone, otherwise known as the "High Priestess of Soul."

Simone was famous from the 1950s through the '70s for her music and her civil rights activism. And although she died in 2003, her voice remains popular on TV, movie soundtracks and commercials.

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2:34pm

Mon November 19, 2012
A Blog Supreme

'Treme,' Ep. 30: Doing One Thing Right

Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce) and his student Robert (Jaron Williams) take a minute with trumpeter Lionel Ferbos, playing himself, at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

Nearly three seasons in, the character Davis still puzzles many of us who watch the show Treme.

He certainly cares. Whether leading historical tours or launching R&B operas for royalty-abuse awareness, or throwing himself into various protests, he has a winning drive to do right by his hometown. Davis lives to participate in the New Orleans music community, and the earnest charm of his homerism isn't lost on other characters around him.

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7:18am

Sat November 17, 2012
Favorite Sessions

Bill Charlap: The American Songbook, Handled With Care

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:53 am

Bill Charlap performs at KPLU in Seattle.
Justin Steyer KPLU

It's no wonder that pianist Bill Charlap loves the music that has come to be called The Great American Songbook — the songs of great Tin Pan Alley composers such as Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. He grew up with it. Charlap was born and raised in New York, the son of Moose Charlap (a Broadway composer) and Sandy Stern, a self-described "popular singer with jazz overtones."

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2:31pm

Fri November 16, 2012
A Blog Supreme

The Lead Sheet: Top 5 Jazz Stories This Week

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 4:25 pm

Tweets like these will make more sense in a second:

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4:57pm

Thu November 15, 2012
JazzSet

Billy Childs Quartet On JazzSet

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:33 am

Billy Childs.
Courtesy of the artist

It's New Year's Eve at The Blue Whale, a "live jazz + art space" in the Little Tokyo section of downtown Los Angeles. Founded in 2009 by singer Joon Lee, this is a listening room. There's food at the bar, poetry (Rumi!) on the ceiling, and wall-to-wall people. The Blue Whale has been sold out for days, and the phone keeps ringing off the hook because everybody wants to be on the air, cheering for Billy Childs live on NPR's Toast of the Nation.

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