Jazz

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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1:11pm

Thu November 15, 2012
A Blog Supreme

The Jazz Side Of Thrill Jockey Records

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 4:24 pm

The late saxophonist Fred Anderson recorded for Thrill Jockey with drummer Hamid Drake.
Jim Newberry Courtesy of the artist

The Chicago-based record label Thrill Jockey, led by founder Bettina Richards, has been presenting music on its own terms since 1992. Like any great independent label, it's difficult to identify the core "sound" of its releases, but its fans can easily identify its curatorial spirit. This is by design. "The way I listen to music, there are no categorical limits," Richards says.

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2:24pm

Tue November 13, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Bob French, New Orleans Drummer And Bandleader, Has Died

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 6:12 pm

Bob French sits at his drum set prior to performing at the New Orleans club d.b.a. in 2007.
Morris Schaefer Bloomberg via Getty Images

Bob French, an iconic New Orleans drummer who led the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band for decades, died Monday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. He was 74.

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4:59pm

Fri November 9, 2012
The Checkout: Live

Dayna Stephens Quartet: Live At Berklee

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 5:29 pm

Dayna Stephens.
Michael Borgida Berklee College of Music

The saxophonist Dayna Stephens, originally of the San Francisco Bay Area, has built up an impressive educational pedigree: Berkeley High, Berklee College of Music, the Thelonious Monk Institute's masters program. But he's really flourished by backing up greats like Kenny Barron and Idris Muhammad, and being a first-call player on both the East and West Coast. Blessed with a warm, enveloping tone, he's made two records as a bandleader, including this year's Today Is Tomorrow.

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4:52pm

Fri November 9, 2012
Piano Jazz

Pete Malinverni On Piano Jazz

Pete Malinverni.
Abigail Feldman Courtesy of the artist

Pianist, composer and teacher Pete Malinverni is a multifaceted player known for his attention to melody and delicate phrasing. Spiritual influences radiate throughout his arrangement of "Deep River," and Malinverni and host Marian McPartland end a delightful hour as they join together in a performance of the Harold Arlen standard "Get Happy."

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2:27pm

Fri November 9, 2012
A Blog Supreme

The Lead Sheet: Top 5 Jazz Stories This Week

Originally published on Sat November 10, 2012 8:06 am

Trumpeter Ted Curson, depicted here on the cover of his album Urge, died last Sunday morning.
Fontana Records

12:50pm

Fri November 9, 2012
JazzSet

Dee Dee Bridgewater On JazzSet

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

Dee Dee Bridgewater (right) smiles big with pianist Edsel Gomez.
Richard Conde

Dee Dee Bridgewater's smile says it all: she's singing this week on JazzSet from the Caramoor Jazz Festival.

All summer, Caramoor presents chamber music, opera, Latin music, a resident orchestra and more — rain or shine. And it did rain in 2012, though the audience stayed dry under the Venetian Theater roof with Bridgewater and her awesome band.

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1:18pm

Thu November 8, 2012
The Checkout: Live

Omer Avital's Band Of The East: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 8:30 am

Omer Avital.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Bassist Omer Avital came from Israel to New York in the early '90s and found himself among the top tier of straight-ahead modern jazz performers. The time in the big city led him to re-investigate his roots — his parents are from the Arab-speaking world — and in 2002, he returned to Israel to study traditional music and oud. Since returning, he's remained a monster bass player, but has also integrated his Middle Eastern musical interests into his composing.

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12:34pm

Thu November 8, 2012
Music Reviews

Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 12:09 pm

Samuel Yirga plays Ethiopian standards with a voracious talent that helps him savor each musical flavor.
Courtesy of the artist

Ethiopia enjoys a rich tradition of enticing music, filled with asymmetric rhythms set to a haunting, five-note scale and sly double-entendre lyrics in the Amharic language. It's a shame that, for Western listeners, a full, clear picture of Ethiopian music has been elusive.

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4:57pm

Wed November 7, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Late Returns From Election Night

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 10:56 pm

Left to right: Tarus Mateen, Jason Moran, Donvonte McCoy, Nasheet Waits and Marshall Keys perform at the Kennedy Center's Election Night Jam.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

An Election Party With A Soundtrack

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