Sat September 15, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Cannonball Adderley: 5 Songs From A Joyous Soul

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 8:56 pm

Cannonball Adderley.
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Fri September 14, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Around The Jazz Internet: Sept. 14, 2012

The Neil Cowley Trio is: (L-R) Evan Jenkins, Cowley, Rex Horan.
Courtesy of the artist

Next Wednesday: new Dave Douglas band live in concert. But first, these news:

  • Burning Ambulance has been counting down the 50 Greatest Saxophonists ever all week. Featuring guest lists from Jon Irabagon and Rudresh Mahanthappa.
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Fri September 14, 2012
A Blog Supreme

A Piece Of Technology That Makes Listening To Jazz Better

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:11 pm

Courtesy of the artist

Maybe you remember when you first realized that the rabbit hole of jazz was far, far deeper than you'd possibly imagined. That the same tenor saxophone player on Kind of Blue also made Blue Train and Giant Steps and A Love Supreme and Interstellar Space and dozens of other albums and who knows how many guest appearances, and that that was just what people recorded of John Coltrane. And that all those records involved scores of other contributors, who in turn played with scores of other people over scores of years.

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Mon September 10, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Five Ways To Mix Jazz And Punk

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 4:10 pm

The quartet Garage a Trois.
Michael Weintrob Courtesy of the artist

Jazz is a sponge for outside sounds. Add another idea to it — say, European classical or gospel-inflected R&B music — and it absorbs, assimilating the sound into a new subgenre: like "third stream" or "soul jazz," respectively. Wring it out, and its own improvisatory essence remains in the mix.

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Fri September 7, 2012
Piano Jazz

Stephane Grappelli On Piano Jazz

French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli.
Evening Standard Getty Images

Piano Jazz celebrates the centennial of the grandfather of the jazz violin: Stephane Grappelli. Born in Paris in 1908, Grappelli grew up very poor — his mother died when he was 4 and he spent time in orphanages and boarding schools (including one run by the famous dancer Isadora Duncan) when his father was called away to WWI. Father and son were reunited after the war.

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Fri September 7, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Around The Jazz Internet: Sept. 7, 2012

Ornette Coleman, pictured here in 2006, was portrayed in a recently-restored 1986 documentary called Ornette: Made In America.
Robert Atanasovski AFP/Getty Images

Interviews, news and assorted information:

  • An old documentary of Ornette Coleman, c. 1986, has been restored. First link is to The New Yorker, this one to a New York Times review.
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Fri September 7, 2012
The Checkout: Live

Dave Douglas Quintet: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 7:06 pm

John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Before she died last year, Dave Douglas' mother left her son with a list of hymns and folk songs to play at her memorial service, down to the specific verses. But even after the funeral, the songs lingered in Douglas' head; he kept toying with the arrangements in search of a more personal reflection. He found it by rebuilding his quintet with new musicians and welcoming a special guest: Aoife O'Donovan, a singer and guitarist best known for her work in folk and bluegrass bands.

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Thu September 6, 2012

Branford Marsalis Quartet On JazzSet

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:36 am

The Branford Marsalis Quartet.
Eric Ryan Anderson

From January 1992 to September 2001, Branford Marsalis set the JazzSet pace, hosting 39 new shows a year (now we do 26) from the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band; festivals in Iowa City, Telluride, Pasadena, Mount Hood, Montreal and Brevard, N.C.; the new music festival in Groningen, the Netherlands, and the Havana Jazz Festival in Cuba; clubs from Yoshi's in California to Sculler's and the Regattabar in Boston. WGBH producer Steve Schwartz sent us lots of Boston sets during that first decade, all of them much appreciated.

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Thu September 6, 2012
Favorite Sessions

Karrin Allyson: Swinging Jazz Standards

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:16 pm

Jazz singer Karrin Allyson on KPLU in Seattle.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Over the past 20 years, vocalist Karrin Allyson has recorded 13 albums that cover vast musical territory. She's explored The Great American Songbook, the musical styles of Brazil and France, the blues and the work of contemporary songwriters. She's recorded a tribute to John Coltrane and an album of late-night ballads, and she's earned four Grammy nominations.

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Wed September 5, 2012
Live At The Village Vanguard

Matt Wilson's Arts And Crafts: Live At The Village Vanguard

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 3:51 pm

Matt Wilson.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Drummer Matt Wilson is always a colorful player — a timekeeper who exploits all the timbres a snare drum can give him, finding melody in it. And when it's his gig, he's also a colorful personality with flailing limbs and goofy joy on his face.

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