Thu July 12, 2012

Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, Trio Da Paz On JazzSet

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 11:39 am

Rez Abbasi performs at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

We're in a guitar world, from Pakistan to Brazil and from steel strings to nylon, as the Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet and Trio da Paz play in turn at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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Tue July 10, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Remembering Drummer Lionel Batiste, Icon Of New Orleans Music

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 9:06 am

Lionel Batiste in the Treme.
Mandalit Del Barco for NPR

"Uncle" Lionel Batiste, the bass drummer, singer and public face of the Treme Brass Band, died Sunday morning. NOLA.com reported that the cause was cancer, and that he was 80.

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Mon July 9, 2012

Musical Salute To Lee Morgan

Lee Morgan was born on July 10, 1938. Join Milton Shirdan on Jazz ay Nite this Tuesday evening for a musical salute to Lee Morgan on his Birthday. That's exclusively on 90.7FM or online at www.wvasfm.org.


Mon July 9, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Live At The 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 3:06 pm

Wynton Marsalis' ensemble performs at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Since 1954, the Newport Jazz Festival has brought live music to seaside New England. This year, you can see it even if you can't be there: NPR Music returns to the Newport Jazz Festival for a live video webcast and recording on August 4-5, 2012.

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Sun July 8, 2012
Music Interviews

'Initial Here': Jazz Musician Linda Oh Plays Out Her Heritage

Originally published on Sun July 8, 2012 5:48 pm

Linda Oh's latest album, Initial Here, was released May 22.
Vincent Soyez Courtesy of the artist

Jazz bassist and bandleader Linda Oh says her new album, Initial Here, is an exploration of her heritage. She was born in Malaysia to Chinese parents, but as a toddler, she moved with her family to Australia.

Oh started taking piano lessons there when she was 4. Music was just a hobby back then, but once her uncle strapped a bass guitar around her neck, that's when she fell in love.

Oh cut her teeth playing bass in both jazz and rock bands all over her hometown of Perth in Western Australia.

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Fri July 6, 2012
Piano Jazz

Dick Hyman On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 4:24 pm

Dick Hyman.
Michael Loccisano Getty Images

For this Piano Jazz recorded in 2009, host Marian McPartland welcomes back pianist Dick Hyman, who appeared on several programs throughout the years including the first season in 1979.

"Dick has such great chops," says McPartland. "He can really race up and down the keyboard — he gave me a run for my money! It was great fun having him on the show."

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Thu July 5, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Heavy Rotation: Chano Dominguez, 'Freddie Freeloader'

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:27 pm

Chano Dominguez.
Courtesy of the artist

With Supreme blogger Patrick Jarenwattananon on vacation, we asked jazz music directors from around public radio to highlight songs that have been in heavy rotation at their stations. Today's pick comes from Gary Walker, music director at WBGO in Newark, N.J.

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Thu July 5, 2012

Gretchen Parlato, Conrad Herwig On JazzSet

Gretchen Parlato performs at the Quad Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR.

At the Newport Jazz Festival, we're visiting the Quad and Harbor Stages, where the first rows of audience sit snug up to the performer. With her understated style, love of the lyric and freedom, Gretchen Parlato makes that closeness work. Everyone leans in and listens.

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Thu July 5, 2012
Music Reviews

Linda Oh: Connecting Points On A Musical Map

Originally published on Mon July 9, 2012 12:01 pm

Linda Oh
Vincent Soyez courtesy of the artist

In a good jazz rhythm section, the players function independently and as one. Their parts and accents crisscross and reinforce each other, interlocking like West African drummers. Beyond that, the bass is a band's ground floor. When it changes up, the earth shifts under all the players' feet. From moment to moment, Linda Oh's bass prowls or gallops, takes giant downward leaps, or stands its ground.

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Tue July 3, 2012

Happy Independence Day

Wishing each of you a safe and happy Fourth of July...be careful out there!