Jazz

4:14pm

Fri August 15, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Makoto Ozoné On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 8:03 am

Kiyotaka Saito Courtesy of the artist

A world-class jazz composer and pianist, Makoto Ozoné began playing organ at age 2 and picked up piano at 12 after falling in love with the music of Oscar Peterson.

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4:08pm

Fri August 15, 2014
Song Travels

Curtis Stigers On 'Song Travels'

Curtis Stigers.
Mali Lazell Courtesy of the artist

Saxophonist, vocalist and songwriter Curtis Stigers wrote the Emmy-nominated theme song for the TV show Sons of Anarchy. Throughout his career, he's been straddling genres and reinventing jazz and modern standards.

On this episode of Song Travels, Stigers joins host Michael Feinstein to discuss his journey to become a songwriter. Stigers performs his original "You've Got the Fever," and host Feinstein joins him for a duet of the standard "You Are Too Beautiful."

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11:58am

Fri August 15, 2014
All Songs Considered

Drum Fill Friday, With Guest Host Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson.
Michael Jackson Courtesy of the artist

Drummer and bandleader Matt Wilson is one of jazz's most sought-after players; he's recorded on over 250 albums, not including those of his own three current bands. He's one of the music's great optimists as well, whose energy and good humor (on or off the drum stool) serves him well as a teacher, public radio host or general ambassador. His latest recording, Gathering Call, came out early this year.

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10:53am

Thu August 14, 2014
Field Recordings

Chorale For Horns And iPad App, In The Pouring Rain

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:35 pm

Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band. L-R: Blade, Myron Walden, Melvin Butler, Chris Thomas, Jon Cowherd.
NPR Music

We had hoped to get the great drummer Brian Blade to give us a little private exhibition after his set at the Newport Jazz Festival this year. The weather, however, was proving much less generous than he and his band were. Early that morning, a steady all-day rain settled in over coastal Rhode Island, making it difficult to transport dry instruments anywhere. On top of that, a last-minute change to travel plans meant that Blade needed to get out of town quickly — to an airport over four hours away.

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12:40pm

Fri August 8, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Burt Bacharach On Piano Jazz

Olaf Heine Courtesy of the artist

Burt Bacharach has written more than 600 songs and more than 70 Top 40 hits. In 1957, Bacharach met fellow songwriter Hal David, and the two began a collaboration that would result in some of the most memorable songs of their day.

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12:24pm

Thu August 7, 2014
Newport Jazz Festival

Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors With David Sanchez: Newport Jazz 2014

David Sanchez and the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors perform at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Boston's Berklee College of Music was already one of the premier conservatories for jazz when it launched a new program designed to push a select group of students beyond the classroom. The Berklee Global Jazz Institute assembles a small international ensemble to create works on the bandstand and explore connections to culture, nature and other art forms.

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1:57pm

Wed August 6, 2014
Newport Jazz Festival

Gregory Porter: Newport Jazz 2014

Adam Kissick for NPR

The commanding singer Gregory Porter likes a good aqueous metaphor. He named his first album Water and led off with the title track. Then he called his latest album Liquid Spirit, which he released following last year's ecstatic Newport show. (He sang that title track, too, with its bouncy hand-clap exhortations.)

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2:04pm

Tue August 5, 2014
Newport Jazz Festival

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Newport Jazz 2014

Darcy James Argue conducts the Secret Society in a new big-band piece at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

At the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, Duke Ellington and his Orchestra gave a performance so raucous and powerful that historians mark it as a turning point of the great bandleader's five-decade career. At its center was a piece called "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue," with a barn-burning solo interlude from saxophonist Paul Gonsalves.

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1:20pm

Tue August 5, 2014
A Blog Supreme

Newport Jazz 2014 In Photos

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 10:50 am

Cécile McLorin Salvant performed two sets at Newport, including one for a main-stage crowd on the festival's sunny opening day.
Adam Kissick for NPR

The Newport Jazz Festival turned 60 this year, and expanded to three days to celebrate. Throughout last weekend, more than 45 bands performed at Fort Adams State Park in coastal Rhode Island, playing through abundant sunshine, pouring rain and anything in between.

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1:05pm

Mon August 4, 2014
Newport Jazz Festival

Jon Batiste And Stay Human: Newport Jazz 2014

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 7:20 am

Jon Batiste embraces the crowd at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Jon Batiste has a way with exits, as musicians from New Orleans tend to. Days before his day-ending set at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival, the pianist and singer walked out of The Colbert Report's theater with a studio audience and a dancing Stephen Colbert in tow. And following a high-energy Newport set — where his expanded Stay Human band played turbocharged versions of standards, rags and his own party anthems — he switched from piano to melodica and led the band into the main stage audience.

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