Music

World Cafe
10:03 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Herb Alpert On World Cafe

Herb Alpert.
Chris Adjani Courtesy of the artist

For Herb Alpert, it all began in 1962 with a visit to a Tijuana bullfight. His first record, The Lonely Bull, drew inspiration from this experience, as he overdubbed his trumpet playing atop a recording of crowds and other ambient sounds. The album, which would become the first release on A&M Records, marked the beginning of Alpert's band, The Tijuana Brass.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
1:37 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

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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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
9:47 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Steve Wilson With Strings On JazzSet

Steve Wilson (center) brought a quartet and a string section to the Kennedy Center to pay tribute to the Charlie Parker With Strings LP.
Sue Lyn Schramm

To inaugurate the 2011-12 jazz season at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., director of jazz Kevin Struthers wanted something special and different.

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First Listen
8:37 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

First Listen: Kat Edmonson, 'The Big Picture'

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

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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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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:30 am
Fri September 19, 2014

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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A Blog Supreme
11:18 am
Wed September 17, 2014

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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Music Interviews
2:10 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

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

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

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 6:38 pm

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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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:20 am
Fri September 12, 2014

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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Live Performance
2:18 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Ranchers for Peace Performs Live at KCBX

Ranchers for Peace, a local band, performs live at the KCBX studios during the Broken Spoke Folk Show.

More information about Rancher for Peace on their website: http://ranchersforpeace.com/

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First Listen
8:03 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

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

Jason Moran.
Clay Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 7:55 am

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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Music News
1:36 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

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

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

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 9:20 am

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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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
7:03 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Benny Green Trio On JazzSet

Benny Green.
Courtesy of the artist

The pioneering pianist Thelonious Monk left behind a treasure trove of compositions. Onstage at the KC Jazz Club at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., a current jazz treasure is here to play some of the best. Benny Green is on piano with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums.

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Music News
4:31 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Taking The Tuba Above And Beyond The Low End

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

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 9:33 am

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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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
9:05 am
Thu August 28, 2014

'Miles Davis And Gil Evans: Still Ahead' On JazzSet

Terence Blanchard plays the role of Miles Davis' trumpet with commitment and emotion at Monterey.
Cole Thompson

Gil Evans was born on May 13, 1912. In three collaborations in the late 1950s, he and his friend and Miles Davis steered their projects into a new era for jazz.

Their first album was Miles Ahead. This Monterey Jazz Festival concert is called "Still Ahead," with music from the pair's second and third records, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain.

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Music Interviews
4:55 am
Sun August 24, 2014

The Private Eye Who Made Cool Jazz His Calling Card

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

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 7:28 pm

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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