Jazz

4:37pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Freddy Cole On Piano Jazz

Freddy Cole.
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist, composer, and vocalist Freddy Cole can take any song and bring out colors and nuances never heard before. As Nat King Cole's younger brother, he has developed his own style to showcase his familial vocal talents.

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11:23pm

Sun September 21, 2014
First Listen

First Listen: Kat Edmonson, 'The Big Picture'

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 10:35 am

Kat Edmonson's new album, The Big Picture, comes out Sept. 30.
Courtesy of the artist

A dozen years after Kat Edmonson was very briefly a contestant on American Idol, she still occasionally finds herself fielding questions about the experience from incredulous interviewers. If nothing else, the recurrence of the topic reflects how profoundly incompatible her style of pop expression is with Idol's bias toward blunt-force power balladry. You'll hear no belting from Edmonson; she deals in more intimate, exact gestures.

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2:30pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Bill Charlap And Renee Rosnes On Piano Jazz

Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap.
Courtesy of the artist

It's a rare thing to have three pianists at three pianos in one studio. But given the marriage of keyboard masters Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, host Marian McPartland thought it was a perfect opportunity to expand the Piano Jazz format with two of today's most gifted players as her guests.

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2:18pm

Wed September 17, 2014
A Blog Supreme

Steve Coleman, Saxophonist And Innovative Composer, Named MacArthur Fellow

Steve Coleman practices in his backyard in Allentown, Penn.
Jeff Fusco Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Composer and alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, 57, has been named one of 21 new recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, commonly referred to as the "genius grant." The award is worth a unrestricted stipend of $625,000 over five years, as dispensed by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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5:10pm

Sat September 13, 2014
Music Interviews

Modern Misbehavin': Jason Moran Gets Into The Mind Of Fats Waller

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 9:38 pm

Jason Moran's new album is titled All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller.
Clay Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

Legend has it that pianist Fats Waller used to say, "If you don't know what it is, don't mess with it." That's a challenge that fellow pianist Jason Moran has been eager to take up lately.

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2:20pm

Fri September 12, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Chris Potter On Piano Jazz

Jamas Jalaber Courtesy of the artist

Saxophonist Chris Potter is an expressive, inventive, quick-thinking improviser. In this 2001 session, he talks with host Marian McPartland about his experience working in trumpeter Red Rodney's band and performs "I Should Care" with bassist Scott Colley. With his tune "Hieroglyph," Potter showcases his skills as a composer. McPartland joins in for a trio performance of "Take The Coltrane," during which the versatile Potter switches from saxophone to piano.

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11:03pm

Sun September 7, 2014
First Listen

First Listen: Jason Moran, 'All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller'

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 10:55 am

Jason Moran.
Clay Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

For his latest act, Jason Moran, one of the biggest public figures in jazz today, has recorded a tribute to fellow pianist and composer Thomas "Fats" Waller — who died more than three decades before Moran was born.

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5:12pm

Thu September 4, 2014
Music News

An Old-School Entertainer, Making Jazz In The Present Tense

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 12:20 pm

Stefano Bollani (center) and the musicians who back him on the new album Joy in Spite of Everything. From left: Mark Turner, Bill Frisell, Jesper Bodilsen, Morten Lund.
Paolo Soriani Courtesy of the artist

When he sits down to do an interview, jazz pianist Stefano Bollani wants you to know who he is and what he's about.

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7:47am

Sat August 30, 2014
Music News

Taking The Tuba Above And Beyond The Low End

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 12:33 pm

On a new record called Connections: Mind the Gap, tuba player Bob Stewart sums up his career with a showcase of the instrument's versatility.
Courtesy of the artist

On a hot, humid afternoon, Bob Stewart has called a rehearsal at his Harlem apartment. Six musicians are in a circle in the living room — on one side, trumpet and trombone; on the other, cello, viola and violin; and in the middle, the elephant in the room — Stewart's tuba.

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7:55am

Sun August 24, 2014
Music Interviews

The Private Eye Who Made Cool Jazz His Calling Card

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 10:28 pm

Actor Craig Stevens as TV detective Peter Gunn in 1959.
Ralph Crane The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images

In the late 1950s, detective shows were all the rage. Today, the series Peter Gunn, starring Craig Stevens as the titular gumshoe, has faded a bit from popular memory. Its theme music, however, remains unforgettable.

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