Jazz

1:18pm

Fri August 3, 2012
Piano Jazz

Grady Tate On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 3:25 pm

Grady Tate.
Courtesy of the artist

Grady Tate has been lucky enough to have two distinct careers in jazz. He made a name for himself as a session drummer with impeccable rhythm, for music legends such as Quincy Jones, Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin.

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12:43pm

Fri August 3, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Newport Jazz 2012 Preview: Saturday

Conguero Pedrito Martinez (center right) and his group lead off NPR Music's coverage of the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Petra Richterova Courtesy of the artist

This weekend, NPR Music and our partners WBGO and WGBH are presenting 16 hours of live video webcasting from the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival. For your convenience, here's a breakdown of what you'll see online and hear on WBGO. Everything is subject to change, as with all broadcasting; for the latest, check out npr.org/newportjazz, where you'll find the streaming video.

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9:55am

Fri August 3, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Around The Jazz Internet: Aug. 3, 2012

Sam Sadigursky, photographed here at the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival, is scheduled to return this weekend with Darcy James Argue's Secret Society.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

7:53pm

Thu August 2, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Newport Jazz Festival 2012 Preview: The Veterans

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 9:48 am

Jack DeJohnette will perform at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival — just a few days before he turns 70.
Chris Griffith Courtesy of the artist

4:40pm

Thu August 2, 2012
JazzSet

Jane Bunnett And Chihiro Yamanaka On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 11:36 am

Jane Bunnett (left) and Candido perform at the Kennedy Center during the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Chihiro Yamanaka and Jane Bunnett come to the Kennedy Center from Japan and Canada, respectively, and each has a compelling story.

Jane Bunnett is from Toronto, yet for more than 30 years, she's championed Cuban music and musicians. She's made dozens of trips to the island, studying and working, bringing instruments to schoolchildren, and inviting players to return to Canada with her and her husband, trumpeter Larry Cramer.

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1:20pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Music Reviews

Digging Up The 'Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans'

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 9:47 pm

Ryan Truesdell has turned unheard Gil Evans scores into richly textured works on Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans.
Dina Regine

Gil Evans, born a century ago this year, was a leading jazz arranger and composer starting in the 1940s, when he wrote for big bands. He helped organize Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool sessions, then arranged Davis' celebrated orchestra albums like Sketches of Spain. Evans, who had his own big bands that went electric in the 1970s and '80s, died in 1991, but some of his rare music has been newly recorded.

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12:54pm

Mon July 30, 2012
The Mix

Newport Jazz 2012: The Preview Mix

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 10:52 am

A view of the crowd and harbor from Fort Adams at the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

The experience of going to the Newport Jazz Festival actually starts before you get there. The community of Newport sits at the tip of Rhode Island's Aquidneck Island — the exact festival location even more so — which means you're going to need to cross a big bridge or hop a boat. You'll probably pass through the old resort community of Newport, and by its massive oceanside mansions. It'll be about 75 degrees Fahrenheit, with a stabilizing ocean breeze. And then there's the music.

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11:24am

Mon July 30, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Hear All The Artists Appearing At The 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 4:21 pm

Fans at the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

We took recordings from all the bandleaders at the Newport Jazz Festival this year and put them all in a 24/7 streaming channel. Mostly the actual bands at Newport 2012, with some classics mixed in for spice. Have a listen?

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7:44pm

Fri July 27, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Around The Jazz Internet: July 27, 2012

Charles Mingus makes the photo lede of this column two out of the last three weeks.
Courtesy of Charles Mingus Archives

One week until Newport.

  • Charles Mingus, as remembered by Nat Hentoff. "Every once in a while, when I was at home, the phone would ring and I'd be jolted by music until he came on. 'What do you think of that?' he would ask. 'I just wrote it.'"
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7:25pm

Fri July 27, 2012
Piano Jazz

Radio Legend Studs Terkel On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 10:03 am

In addition to interviewing people around America for his radio program on WFMT, Studs Terkel was also a noted jazz historian.
Steve Kagan Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Though he's remembered for his intense interest in the lives of everyday folks, the Pulitzer Prize winning author and Chicago radio legend Studs Terkel was also a great lover of music, and especially jazz. His first book, Giants of Jazz, featured literary portraits of the likes of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.

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