Jazz

4:56pm

Tue August 14, 2012
Jazz

Oscar Peterson Salute

Oscar Emanuel Peterson was born on August 15, 1925 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite this Wednesday evening during the 9:00 hour for a musical salute to Oscar Peterson on his birthday.

7:58pm

Mon August 13, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Saxophonist Von Freeman, A Chicagoan From Beginning To End

Von Freeman.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Von Freeman, a tenor saxophonist who was iconic within Chicago's music scene and to jazz conoisseurs worldwide, died Saturday at the Kindred Chicago Lakeshore care center. He was 88 and had been in declining health for more than a year.

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12:44pm

Sat August 11, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Branford Marsalis On Sensitive Musicians And The First Family Of Jazz

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:13 pm

Branford Marsalis spoke with NPR about modern jazz, his family, and his new album, Four MFs Playin' Tunes.
Courtesy of Marsalis Music.

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, oldest son of New Orleans pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, released an album with his quartet this week. He spoke to weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz about the failings of modern jazz, his hopes for the next generation and leaving New York City to move back to the South.

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2:03am

Sat August 11, 2012
Music Interviews

Marian McPartland's Storied Life, Told 'In Good Time'

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 12:32 pm

Marian McPartland hosted NPR's Piano Jazz for 33 years.
Courtesy of the artist

More than half a century ago this week, on Aug. 12, 1958, some of the greatest jazz musicians of the day assembled in Harlem at what was, for them, the ungodly hour of 10 a.m. Fifty-seven players came to East 126th Street to have their picture taken for Esquire magazine.

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2:22pm

Fri August 10, 2012
Piano Jazz

Hod O'Brien On Piano Jazz

Hod O'Brien.
Courtesy of the artist

On the drive from his home in Charlottesville, Va., to the Manhattan studios of Piano Jazz, pianist Hod O'Brien was inspired to compose an original tune in honor of the occasion. By the time he'd arrived, he'd worked out a swinging little ditty in his head, so he kicked off this session with a tune he called "Clarion for Marian."

"His playing was wonderful," recalls host Marian McPartland. "And I really enjoyed playing on Charlie Parker ['Now's The Time'] with Hod. I thought it came off very well."

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3:37pm

Thu August 9, 2012
JazzSet

Gabriel Alegria And Gerald Clayton On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 4:10 pm

The Litchfield Jazz Festival leads off with a weeks-long camp for high-school students and New York's finest musicians on the faculty, then climaxes with a two-day festival. This year it's August 11-12 in Goshen, Conn., but here we have two sets from the 2010 festival, featuring two groups with young leaders.

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1:03pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Music Interviews

Susie Arioli On Fresh Air

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 8:03 am

Susie Arioli's new album, All the Way, was released in June.
Marianne Larochelle

Fresh Air's Terry Gross has been listening to jazz singer Susie Arioli since she first heard Arioli's 2002 album Pennies From Heaven. Arioli is Canadian and has a big following there, but she's not well known in the U.S., and hasn't toured in many American cities. So when Arioli and her longtime guitarist and arranger, Jordan Officer, stopped in for an in-studio concert and conversation, Gross was thrilled.

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10:58am

Wed August 8, 2012
Newport Jazz Festival

The Bad Plus With Bill Frisell, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:56 am

Pianist Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Here's a pairing that raises the question: "Why hasn't this happened before?" The Bad Plus have been a revisionist cover band and today mostly make original piano trio music sui generis. Bill Frisell is the quintessential jazz collaborator: The guitarist, making the second of three appearances at this year's Newport Jazz Festival, is down for anything involving good musicians, and can be counted on to execute it well. Together, they paid tribute to one of their mutual heroes, the late drummer Paul Motian, in a set comprised mostly of his haunting compositions.

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5:58pm

Tue August 7, 2012
Newport Jazz Festival

Kurt Elling, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:55 am

Kurt Elling performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

A classic male singer, Kurt Elling has an old-school vibe to everything from his mannered stage banter to his declamatory, full-chested delivery. But he isn't afraid to write brainy, twisty lyrics over an obscure jazz number, or take a pop song back to the drawing board. He can do a lot with his voice, you see, and the band featuring long-time collaborator Laurence Hobgood, a pianist, helps to set the stage.

Set List

  • "Come Fly With Me"
  • "Dedicated To You"
  • "Samurai Cowboy"
  • "On Broadway"
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3:55pm

Tue August 7, 2012
Mom And Dad's Record Collection

Leonard Pitts On Memories Of Laundry And Nat King Cole

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 3:04 pm

Nat King Cole (center) rehearses with his trio at the London Palladium in 1950.
Ron Case Getty Images

The Mom and Dad's Record Collection series on All Things Considered continues with a memory of music and family from the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Leonard Pitts.

Pitts says his childhood mischief was set to the music of Nat King Cole, often courtesy of his mother's own voice. One afternoon, he remembers, she was singing "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" while he played out back.

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