Tue July 3, 2012
A Blog Supreme

Heavy Rotation: George Benson, 'Naima'

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:28 pm

George Benson.
Concord Jazz

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 G. Vercelli of Northern California's Capital Public Radio.

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Tue July 3, 2012
Favorite Sessions

Daniel Freedman: Lessons From Motoring In Mali

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 4:04 pm

Jazz musician Daniel Freedman on drums performing at WBGO studio sessions in Newark, NJ on June 22, 2012.
Melanie Burford for NPR

The itinerant path of a touring musician is nothing new. Drummer Daniel Freedman has walked that walk with New York jazz groups, salsa units, forro bands and on international tours with Angelique Kidjo. He has also taken the road less travelled – by bus.

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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

I discovered Nina Simone through the back door. I would like to claim that I grew up on her classic songs, like "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "Four Women" and "Mississippi Goddam." But I didn't. Like so many of my generation, I found her through hip-hop loops and samples.

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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

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 10:56 am

Helen Sung.
Courtesy of the artist
  • Listen: Helen Sung On Piano Jazz

Pianist Helen Sung is a dazzling and passionate player originally from Houston, Texas. A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, she has played with such luminaries as Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis.

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Thu June 28, 2012

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom On JazzSet

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:19 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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