Jazz

7:45pm

Sat August 4, 2012
Newport Jazz Festival

Pedrito Martinez Group, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 3:37 pm

Vocalist and conguero Pedrito Martinez (center) performs with bassist Alvaro Benavides (right) at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Since he came over from Cuba around the turn of the century, the phenomenally talented percussionist Pedrito Martinez has become the conguero of choice for scores of bands. And most weeks in New York City, you can see him with his own, gigging several nights a week at a Cuban restaurant south of Central Park. The Pedrito Martinez Group places him at the congas and behind a microphone, where he exhibits a certain natural charisma. And though we haven't yet heard a studio album from the band, we already know that it goes way beyond what you'd think of Afro-Cuban music and/or jazz.

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6:59pm

Sat August 4, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Newport Jazz 2012 Preview: Sunday

Jenny Scheinman and Bill Frisell perform songs of John Lennon on Saturday of the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival. The two will perform as a duo on Sunday.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

After a sunny, warm afternoon on the Rhode Island shore, the first full day of the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival has come and gone. If you've got a free moment, you can already replay many of the sets we recorded online. But starting at 11:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, we'll be presenting eight more hours of live video from the festival at npr.org/newportjazz. Here's what's on tap:

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4:55pm

Sat August 4, 2012
Jazz

Abbey LIncoln Salute

Anna Marie Woodbridge (Abbey Lincoln) was born on August 6,1930 in Chicago Illinois. Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz at Nite this Monday evening for a musical salute to Abbey Lincoln on her birthday.

2:03am

Sat August 4, 2012
Music Interviews

Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet: Scat Singing To Its Own Tune

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 11:43 am

The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, left to right: Ginny Carr, alto; Robert McBride, tenor; Holly Shockey, soprano; and Andre Enceneat, bass. The group's new album, Hustlin' for a Gig, came out in May.
Michael G. Stewart

The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has been serenading audiences in its native Washington, D.C., across the country and even as far as France for more than two decades. But its members are finding ways to bring something new to their performances. Bandleader and co-founder Ginny Carr says she wrote the words and music to all 10 songs on the quartet's new album, Hustlin' for a Gig — a relative rarity in a jazz world defined by time-tested standards.

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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 Mon July 7, 2014 4:48 pm

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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