Jazz

12:50pm

Thu October 4, 2012
The Record

Diana Krall Brings Sexy Back In Time

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 3:26 pm

Mark Seliger Courtesy of the artist

When listening to Diana Krall's fun, smart new recording Glad Rag Doll, it's helpful to consider a question recently posed by Gyp Rosetti, the sensitive psychopath lending sparks to this season of HBO's Prohibition-era series Boardwalk Empire.

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5:21pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Music Reviews

A Ska And Jazz Innovator Bridges Continents And Decades

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 9:19 pm

The collaborative album Avila is the latest release from pioneering guitarist Ernest Ranglin.
Courtesy of the artist

Guitarist Ernest Ranglin is an elder statesman of Jamaican music. A self-styled composer and improviser, he has traveled and collaborated widely during his 80 years. In California last year, he teamed up with three much younger musicians from South Africa, the U.S. and Israel. The four musicians bonded and quickly recorded an album, named for the San Francisco street where they rehearsed: Avila.

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9:41am

Wed October 3, 2012
Favorite Sessions

Cyrus Chestnut: Nobody Like 'The Nutman'

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:53 pm

Cyrus Chestnut performs on Jazz24.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut took his time making a name for himself on the jazz scene: For a decade starting in the mid-1980s, he apprenticed as pianist for Jon Hendricks, Betty Carter, Donald Harrison and Wynton Marsalis. But since then, he's toured the world and recorded 15 albums as a bandleader.

In this performance and interview, Cyrus describes his gospel roots and his discovery of jazz, and discusses how he approaches interpreting other composers' music.

Set List

  • "Tonk"
  • "Polka Dots And Moonbeams"
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1:33pm

Tue October 2, 2012
A Blog Supreme

'Treme' Ep. 23: Long Black Lines

DJ Davis McAlary (Steve Zahn) interviews John Boutte about an unreleased recording of his.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

For all the plot development in the series' infancy, last Sunday's episode of Treme was unusually saturated in live performances. The second half of the episode, especially, seemed like one concert after another. Here with me to recap the musical goings-on is WBGO's Josh Jackson.

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2:49pm

Fri September 28, 2012
Piano Jazz

Blossom Dearie On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 4:38 pm

Blossom Dearie.
Courtesy of the artist

This week's Piano Jazz is a rebroadcast of a show that first aired in 1985, presented as a tribute to Blossom Dearie, who died in 2009 at age 82.

The aptly named singer and pianist Blossom Dearie had a unique, childlike voice that, along with truly swinging piano work, could deliver scathing wit wrapped in a sweet package.

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2:46pm

Fri September 28, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Around The Jazz Internet: Sept. 28, 2012

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 7:04 pm

Madeleine Albright "sits in" with Chris Botti at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and final round gala.
Steve Mundinger Courtesy of the Thelonious Monk Institute

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5:05pm

Thu September 27, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Five Essential Bud Powell Recordings

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 12:12 pm

Bud Powell pioneered bebop-style improvisation on the piano.
Metronome Getty Images

Ever wish you could travel back in time to New York's 52nd Street — circa 1950, during the heyday of bebop — and whisper into Charlie Parker, or Dizzy Gillespie, or Thelonious Monk's ear, and ask them: Who was their favorite pianist to listen to? They would all give the same answer: Bud Powell.

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4:09pm

Thu September 27, 2012
JazzSet

Catherine Russell, Virginia Mayhew On JazzSet

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:34 am

Catherine Russell performs at the Mary Lou Williams Festival.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Catherine Russell is a lady born to music. Her father, Luis Russell (1902-63), was Louis Armstrong's orchestra leader beginning in the mid-1930s. Her mother, Carline Ray, is a bassist, singer, great all-around musician and a member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the 1940s all-woman band that swung as hard as the men. "This Daughter of Jazz Is One Cool Cat," reads the headline of Nat Hentoff's profile for The Wall Street Journal.

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3:49pm

Thu September 27, 2012
World Cafe

Yasek Manzano: Jazz From Havana's Streets

Yasek Manzano.
Courtesy of the artist

All month, World Cafe invites listeners to discover the music of Havana, Cuba, with the series Sense of Place.

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5:20pm

Wed September 26, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Jazz As A Liberal Arts Education

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 12:17 pm

David Liebman.
Naoki Hayashi Courtesy of the artist

For conservatory-trained jazz musicians, it's a scary job market out there. Saxophonist Dave Liebman, an NEA Jazz Master and veteran statesman, paints a bleak picture:

In the current world of jazz education, the situation vis a vis graduating more and more of the most equipped musicians in history (every year more so) in stark contrast to the scarcity of paid performance and recording opportunities has assumed epic disproportion. To deny this would be like ignoring global warming. Serious educators are and should be concerned.

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