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 Fri June 13, 2014 11:14 am

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.


Mon June 25, 2012
Music Reviews

A Posthumous Masterpiece Adds To E.S.T.'s Legacy

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 10:51 am

E.S.T. was Esbjorn Svensson, Dan Berglund and Magnus Ostrom.
Jim Rakete

When the pianist Esbjorn Svensson died in a scuba accident in 2008, many fans of his group, the Swedish trio known as E.S.T., wondered if there might be some unreleased experiments lurking in a studio vault. There were. Just out is a disc called 301, which was recorded in 2008 during sessions for the group's final album.

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Mon June 25, 2012
A Blog Supreme

5 Great Works Of Modern Chamber Jazz

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 12:01 pm

Wayne Shorter's 2003 album Alegria finds the saxophonist and composer matching his quartet with orchestral textures.
Thomas Dorn Verve Records

Musical genres always evolve in parallel worlds.

In the 1920s, composers of classical music such as Stravinsky and Copland began incorporating sensibilities of American jazz into their otherwise European musical culture. Various styles of folk music have always been fountainheads of inspiration for "classical" composers, so it was almost inevitable that blues-based music would make its way into the Western concert-music tradition.

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Sat June 23, 2012
Music Interviews

Matt Wilson: 'I Hear Melody In All Rhythm'

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 5:42 pm

Matt Wilson plays drums in the jazz ensemble Arts and Crafts.
Jimmy Katz

By day, jazz drummer Matt Wilson teaches his craft at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. By night, he practices it with legends like Lee Konitz at storied venues like the Village Vanguard.

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Sat June 23, 2012
Music Interviews

Cassandra Wilson: 'The Guitar Is My Heart'

Originally published on Sun June 24, 2012 7:31 am

Cassandra Wilson explores geography, as well as a lifelong relationship with the guitar, on Another Country.
Marco Glaviano

Cassandra Wilson was once described by Time magazine as "America's best singer." Wilson was born in segregated Mississippi — also the birthplace of the blues — but she's always been on a journey to explore other sounds and influences.

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Fri June 22, 2012
Piano Jazz

Dave McKenna On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Fri October 2, 2009 11:08 am

Dave McKenna is celebrated with highlights from two Piano Jazz appearances.
Courtesy of the artist

This week's show is a tribute to the late pianist Dave McKenna with guest host, pianist and singer Daryl Sherman, who was a friend of McKenna's and is a musical fixture at New York's famous Waldorf Astoria.

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Fri June 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Greece's Incoming Finance Minister Admitted To Hospital

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 2:44 pm

Newly appointed Greek Finance Minister Vassilis Rapanos attending the new Government's first cabinet meeting at the Greek Parliament in Athens on Friday.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Hours before he was scheduled to be sworn in as Greek's newest finance minister, Vassilis Rapanos fell ill and was rushed to the hospital "complaining of nausea, intense abdominal pains and dizziness," Reuters reports.

Of course this all comes just after Greece elected a new parliament and just after Greece formed a new three-party coalition that has the task of wading through national and Eurozone politics to negotiate a bailout.

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Fri June 22, 2012
The Picture Show

How Would You 'Picture The South'?

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 2:57 pm

Will with Banjo, 2011
Shane Lavalette Courtesy of The High Museum of Art

Since 1996, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta has been hiring photographers with a very basic assignment, completely open to interpretation: Picture the South. It's a clever way for the museum to both build its collection and encourage artists to find inspiration in the region. And the results vary widely.

"It would be really hard to hang all these projects side by side," says Brett Abbott, curator of photography at the museum.

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