Jazz

2:51pm

Fri December 13, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Stefano Bollani On Piano Jazz

Stefano Bollani.
Valentina Cenni Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Piano Jazz recorded in 2007, Italian born pianist Stefano Bollani stops by for a session with host Marian McPartland.

Born in Milan on December 5, 1972, Stefano Bollani was playing piano by age six. He grew up listening to his father's stride piano albums, and the pop music of Italian superstars Renato Carsone and Adriano Celentano.

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2:09pm

Fri December 13, 2013
The Fresh Air Interview

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:57 pm

Jim Hall performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Jazz guitarist, composer and arranger Jim Hall died in his sleep Tuesday; he was 83. Hall was known for a subtle, lyrical playing style, a gift for innovation and collaborations with a host of talented musicians in a career that stretched more than seven decades.

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11:21am

Fri December 13, 2013
Concerts

A Jazz Piano Christmas 2013

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 3:45 pm

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Left to right: Stanley Cowell, Andy Bey, Michele Rosewoman and Sullivan Fortner team up on "Jingle Bells" during A Jazz Piano Christmas.
NPR

Toward the end of every year, NPR Music invites some of the world's best jazz keyboard players to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. We ask them to take on some of their favorite Christmas tunes, solo, and the recording becomes the public radio special A Jazz Piano Christmas.

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3:49pm

Thu December 12, 2013
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dee Alexander And The Evolution Arkestra On JazzSet

Marc PoKempner Courtesy of the artist

The Jazz Institute of Chicago and the city's Park District teamed up in December 2012 to present this free family concert with Dee Alexander. As we air it on JazzSet a year later, Alexander is just back from performing the show in Poland where, she writes, "everyone was on their feet."

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8:03am

Thu December 12, 2013
Best Music Of 2013

Heavy Rotation: Public Radio's Songs Of 2013

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 11:15 am

British songwriter Laura Mvula was a favorite on public radio stations around the country.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

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Our friends in the public radio system are some of the most open-minded listeners we know. Each month, our Heavy Rotation series brings you free downloads of what our fellow programmers and producers are experiencing on repeat.

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1:19pm

Wed December 11, 2013
Music Reviews

Ella Fitzgerald's Early Years Collected In A Chick Webb Box Set

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 9:44 am

Ella Fitzgerald sings with bandleader Chick Webb in Asbury Park, N.J., in 1938.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Drummer Chick Webb's 1930s orchestra terrorized competitors in band battles and sent dancers into orbit at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom. They could be similarly explosive on record, but only rarely. Early on, they did have some hot Edgar Sampson arrangements that Benny Goodman would soon turn into hits, like "Blue Lou" and "Don't Be That Way." But the Webb band also had an old-school crooner, Charles Linton, with pre-jazz-age enunciation.

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4:58am

Wed December 11, 2013
A Blog Supreme

Remembering Jim Hall, A Different Sort Of Guitar God

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 10:10 am

Jim Hall performs with his trio and fellow guitarist Julian Lage at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Jim Hall was a guitar god, but not in the sense that he could blaze through a zillion notes a minute. He was worshipped by guitarists around the world, but you'd never know it from talking to him.

"I don't really have all that much technique anyway, so I try to the best with what I have you know," he said to me earlier this year.

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12:01pm

Tue December 10, 2013
A Blog Supreme

O Brothers: Drummers Brian and Brady Blade

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 2:04 pm

Brian (left) and Brady Blade.
Megan Holmes/Mary Ellen Matthews Courtesy of the artists

If the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, sometimes two apples will land on similar turf. Brian Blade has been Wayne Shorter's drummer for several years and leads his own project called The Fellowship Band. His older brother Brady Blade is perhaps best known for his drumming with Emmylou Harris and is an all-around music industry mover and shaker.

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4:12pm

Fri December 6, 2013
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Ellen Seeling On Piano Jazz

Ellen Seeling.
Courtesy of the artist

For this 2006 episode of Piano Jazz, trumpeter Ellen Seeling brought her longtime collaborator and the assistant director of the Montclair Women's Big Band, saxophonist Jean Fineberg, as well as New York drummer Allison Miller.

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12:59pm

Thu December 5, 2013
Music Reviews

William Parker's Abstract Grooves Collected In Box Set

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 2:55 pm

William Parker.
Roberto Serra - Iguana Press Getty Images

Steve Lacy used to say that the right partner can help you make music you couldn't get to by yourself. Take the quartet William Parker founded in 2000, for example. Parker's bass tone was always sturdy as a tree trunk, but power drummer Hamid Drake gives him lift. The upshot is that free jazz can swing, too. The quartet's front line is another firm partnership: quicksilver alto saxophonist Rob Brown and flinty trumpeter Lewis Barnes.

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