Jazz

Don Cheadle has been playing Miles Davis for his entire career. To look back now on some of the actor's most exciting performances — as flashy porn star Buck Swope in Boogie Nights, velvet-slick con man Basher Tarr in the Ocean's trilogy, and rabble-rousing deejay Petey Greene in Talk to Me — is to recognize those same larger-than-life elements from the persona of the jazz legend and Cheadle's personal hero . Maybe all that was missing was that Jheri curl and that...

Ibrahim Maalouf Plays Umm Kulthum

Mar 31, 2016

The trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf was born in Lebanon and grew up in France; like his father, he studied Western classical music, but also microtonal Arabic music using a custom-built instrument. His latest project in a career full of cross-pollinating ventures was inspired by the late Umm Kulthum , the Arab world's greatest vocalist. With the arranging help of pianist Frank Woeste and some major American talent, he constructed a jazz take on one of her greatest suites, "Alf Leila Wa Leila" (...

Just before he died in 2009, Joe Castro sat down with his son James to listen to some tapes. The reel-to-reels were full of Castro's own decades-old recordings, in which the jazz pianist jammed with his contemporaries. "It was kind of like a shock," James says, "because right when we put the first tape on, it sounded like it was recorded yesterday." Father and son went through more than 40 hours of tape. James says he was used to hearing his dad back up other musicians. "He was being reserved...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEN8pbFDMcE In 1955, jazz pianist Erroll Garner played a concert in Carmel, Calif. When his manager spotted a tape recorder rolling backstage, she grabbed the reels and decided to release them. The sound was lousy, yet Concert by the Sea went on to become a huge hit. Pianist Geri Allen says that's because the playing is so exuberant. "And so after that, what we're really getting, without any barriers, is a sense of the way this man viewed the world,"...

Of all Marian McPartland 's attributes, possibly the most underrated was her ability as a composer. Her piano pieces have entered the jazz repertoire, while some of her songs — with lyrics by such stars as Johnny Mercer , Sammy Cahn and Peggy Lee — have become part of The Great American Songbook. In honor of McPartland's birthday this week — she would have been 98 — guest host Murray Horwitz leads this expedition through some of her most beautiful works, with performances by Cleo Laine, Sarah...

Born To Be Blue: Chet Baker In 5 Songs

Mar 25, 2016

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJIjGZ6LeOA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k_00AaJZqg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ05-8gPO-A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4PKzz81m5c http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvoMqr6juP8 Since Chet Baker's death in 1988, the trumpeter and vocalist's legacy has been widely debated within the jazz world. Called the "Prince of Cool," Baker amassed significant career accomplishments that were too often overshadowed by the attention to his drug addiction. His drug...

Though he's best known as a live collaborator of techno wunderkind Nicolas Jaar and one-half of the electronic-rock group Darkside , guitarist Dave Harrington has a deep history with jazz and improvisation. Become Alive , the debut album of the group that bears his name, digs deep into these musical roots. Yet there's a twist: electronic studio processes are also on-hand to coax new results in the music. Become Alive is based on a producer's approach to composition, a form...

Harold Mabern On Piano Jazz

Mar 18, 2016

Harold Mabern (born March 20, 1936) is both one of New York's most requested pianists and a staple of Japan's jazz scene. A mainly self-taught musician, his style is influenced by Art Tatum , Chris Anderson, Billy Wallace and Bud Powell . In 2015, he released Afro Blue , an album that featured several guest vocalists, including Gregory Porter and Norah Jones . Host Marian McPartland caught Mabern for this 1991 episode of Piano Jazz before he left for a late-spring tour of...

Ernestine Anderson: A Natural At The Blues

Mar 17, 2016

From tender and soulful to hard-edged and gritty, Ernestine Anderson was one of the most versatile jazz vocalists to emerge from the big band era. Anderson was born Nov. 11, 1928. At age 3, she could sing along with recordings of Bessie Smith; she soon moved on to the more refined environs of her local church's gospel choir. After winning a regional talent competition at age 12, the precocious Anderson landed a gig with trumpeter Russell Jacquet's big band.

As Anderson began...

In the greater jazz world, Danilo Pérez is a respected pianist. In his homeland of Panama, he's a national icon and cultural ambassador, and not just for his artistry. Ever since he returned to perform in his war-torn homeland in the 1980s, he's seen the potential for jazz to be a vehicle for social change, and spent much of his time offstage seeding this vision in the form of youth music education programs. The Panama Jazz Festival he founded, for instance, doesn't just feature major...

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