Mon July 2, 2012
The Record

My American Dream Sounds Like Nina Simone

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 7:59 pm

Nina Simone, 1969.
Jack Robinson Courtesy of Getty Images


Mon July 2, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Ahmad Jamal: Still Fearless And Innovative At 82

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 5:17 pm

Ahmad Jamal at the grand piano during the Blue Moon sessions.
Jacques Beneich

Today jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal celebrates his 82nd birthday, presumably near Montauban, France, where he will play a gig tomorrow. In fact, he'll spend most of the month in France, The Netherlands, Greece, Switzerland and Turkey doing what he does best: pouring himself into his enchanting music.

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Sun July 1, 2012
Music Interviews

Stephane Wrembel: Music As 'A Question Of Life And Death'

Originally published on Sun July 1, 2012 8:32 am

Stephane Wrembel's new album is called Origins.
J. Elon Courtesy of the artist

If you're a moviegoer, there's a good chance you'll recognize Stephane Wrembel's sound, if not his name.

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Fri June 29, 2012
Music Interviews

A Lone Trumpeter Serenades The National Mall

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 4:23 pm

Trumpeter John Thornton plays at the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., just a few blocks from NPR's headquarters.
Devon Kodzis NPR

This summer, Weekend Edition Saturday is listening to the sounds of music al fresco. Today, we present an audio postcard of a trumpeter we recently heard blowing "The Star-Spangled Banner" just down the street from NPR.

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Fri June 29, 2012
Piano Jazz

Helen Sung On Piano Jazz

Helen Sung.
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist Helen Sung appeared on Piano Jazz on the heels of her second release, Helenistique. Critics loved the energy, the intelligence and, as pianist Benny Green put it, "the life-affirming joy" that emanated from Sung's playing on that album. Marian McPartland, too, was seduced by Sung's "dazzling and passionate" approach.

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Thu June 28, 2012

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom On JazzSet

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 5:56 pm

Allison Miller leads Boom Tic Boom at the Kennedy Center during the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Allison Miller has a jazz portfolio with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Steven Bernstein and a host of others, as well as a pop career with Brandi Carlile, Ani DiFranco and Natalie Merchant. She's a U.S.

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Thu June 28, 2012
A Blog Supreme

A Cirque Du Soleil For The Senses: Five Jazz Groups From Montreal

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 3:04 pm

L'Orkestre des Pas Perdus' latest album, L'âge du cuivre, was just nominated for a Juno Award.
Courtesy of the artist

C'est la saison de jazz à Montreal! Starting Thursday night and running through next weekend, Francophone Canada's cultural metropolis hosts its grand prix: the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The self-proclaimed "largest jazz festival in the world" casts a musical spell over the city, across 10 outdoor stages, 15 concert halls and clubs galore with more than 1,000 shows.

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Wed June 27, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Jazz's Hallowed Basement In Photos

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:29 pm

The Village Vanguard's awning and sign have become iconic among jazz aficionados.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

The Village Vanguard is one of jazz's hallowed venues — quite an achievement for a cramped basement room with a capacity of 123 people.

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Wed June 27, 2012
Live At The Village Vanguard

Marc Ribot Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 9:40 pm

From left, Marc Ribot (guitar), Chad Taylor (drums) and Henry Grimes (bass) performed at the Village Vanguard in New York City on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.
John Rogers johnrogersnyc.com

The guitarist Marc Ribot has played in just about every conceivable setting in New York City. But through his involvement in punk bands, funk and soul groups, film scoring, the noise community, session work with rootsy singer-songwriters, South American and Caribbean folkloric projects, the contemporary classical scene and all the other experiments, he's also long held a love of jazz, from its hairiest to most clean-shaven expressions.

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Tue June 26, 2012

Arturo Sandoval Interview

Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite this evening for a very special interview with Arturo Sandoval during the 9:00 hour. Arturo Sandovals' latest release is Dear Diz (Every Day I Think Of You) available on Concord Records.