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Jazz at Lincoln Center Will Re-Create This Historic Concert 8 Decades Later

JCLO musicians re-produce the 1938 Benny Goodman concert that rocked the jazz world.<p>Benny Goodman—the “King of Swing”—presented his landmark debut …

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SFJAZZ Collective Plays Joe Henderson And MoreWBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

Every year, each of the eight members of the SFJAZZ Collective is tasked with two writing assignments. The first: Compose a new piece specifically for the band, which gathers some of the most outstanding performers on the modern jazz scene. The second: Rearrange a composition by the elder artist …

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Home Cooking: The Philadelphia Jazz Organ Tradition In ConcertWBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

The Hammond electronic organ was developed with churches in mind, as a lower-cost alternative to pipe organs. But in Philadelphia, a keyboard player named Jimmy Smith was inspired by early jazz experiments on the instrument, and found a devastating way to adapt the new bebop style to the Hammond …

The Arts

The Year in Gigs: Nate Chinen's Top 10 Jazz Performances Of 2017

This was an excellent year for jazz on record, across every possible iteration of style. (If you're seeking evidence for the claim, consult the 2017 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll.) But it's always worth pointing out that albums only tell part of the story, which often assumes different dimensions at …

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'Jazz Night In America' Remembers Artists We Lost In 2017WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

Every year around this time, the jazz community takes the measure of its highlights and bright moments — along with a tally of its losses. And while it's true that important jazz artists leave us every year, 2017 was tougher than most. We bade farewell to avant-garde pioneers like Muhal Richard …

The Arts

Ellyn Rucker On Piano Jazz

Ellyn Rucker's light, sensual vocals and smooth, swinging piano produce a wonderfully intriguing mixture. Hailing from Colorado, Rucker broke into the jazz big leagues in the 1980s after she took up her musical career full-time. She remains a staple on the Denver music scene.<p>On this 1993 episode of</i> …

Let Us Now Praise Pharoah Sanders, Master of Sax

In A.B. Spellman’s essential 1966 book, <i>Four Lives in the Bebop Business</i>, Ornette Coleman said the following: “The best statements Negroes have made, …

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How Grover Washington Jr. Defined And Transcended 'Smooth Jazz'WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

One way or another, you've heard Grover Washington Jr.'s saxophone. Perhaps on "Mister Magic" or another of his instrumental hits, like "Winelight." Or on "Just the Two of Us," the smash hit featuring Bill Withers. What Washington's sound represents is soul, plain and simple, though it's often been …

Jazz and Classical Treasures from the Digitized Catalogue of ECM Records

The ECM sound is a trademark of the times, crystalline and reverberant, conveying both the intimacy of live performance and the warmth of a concert space.<p>One of the defining sound-worlds of the past half-century of recorded music is the distinguished repertory of ECM Records, which was founded by …

Radio DJ Helen Borgers, L.A.'s longtime voice of jazz, dies at 60

For decades Helen Borgers was a leading voice of jazz in L.A., a drive-time radio personality with a booming voice and an easy laugh.<p>On air, Borgers explored both the legends and the up-and-comers who — with some luck and a bit of airplay — might arrive at the threshold of fame.<p>But her voice …

Jimmy Greene Remembers A 'Beautiful Life'WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

Unfathomable. Unimaginable. These are among the words used to describe the recent mass shooting in a rural Texas church, which left more than two dozen parishioners dead, eight of them children. For many of us, the inhuman horror of this act literally defies comprehension. The dimensions of the …

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Marilyn Maye Will Help Jazz at Lincoln Center Notch Its 30th Anniversary October 27 and 28

The cabaret singer who likes to “keep moving” at 89 will do four concerts at the Appel Room in New York City.<p>Indefatigable cabaret singer Marilyn …

Winter Jazzfest Announces a Slightly Less Sprawling 2018 Lineup

The NYC Winter Jazzfest’s 2018 edition will feature a star-studded tribute to the pianist Geri Allen, a showcase of young British jazz musicians hosted by the D.J. Gilles Peterson, and a concert pairing the indie-rock band Deerhoof with the free-jazz trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, organizers announced …

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Cabaret Convention Begins October 16 at Jazz at Lincoln Center

The annual celebration of New York City nightlife features Amra-Faye Wright, Molly Pope, and more.<p>The 2017 Cabaret Convention, which features more …

Marsalis and JLCO celebrate Morton and Lewis

Let no one doubt that Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra aim to educate as well as entertain.<p>That much was inescapable from their residency over the weekend in Orchestra Hall, where Marsalis and friends kicked off Symphony Center’s jazz series with rigorous examinations of the …

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6 steps to learning jazz guitar improvisation - The Blogging Musician

Learning The Blues<p>The foundation of jazz guitar improvisation is surprisingly the blues. The first step then is to learn to play a 12 bar blues using …

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Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week

<i>Our guide to</i> <i>pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz.</i><p><b>Pop</b><p><b>EPMD AND SLICK RICK</b> at Ford Amphitheater on the Coney Island Boardwalk (Sept. 17, 7 p.m.). It’s an old-school celebration by the sea: This free show, presented by the City Parks Foundation, brings together two of the late 1980s’ most …

At 30, What Does Jazz at Lincoln Center Mean?

When the curtain rises on Thursday on the opener of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 30th season, its flagship orchestra will debut arrangements of Jelly Roll Morton’s compositions, some of which are a century old. That’s no surprise: The organization has never wavered from its commitment to jazz’s …

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Patrice Rushen On Piano Jazz

A popular vocalist whose talent ranges from jazz to soul to R&B, Patrice Rushen is also a songwriter, arranger and master keyboardist. She has performed with and produced for artists such as Stevie Wonder, Prince, Nancy Wilson, Michael Jackson and Dianne Reeves, and she has played at some of the …

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Jazz Guitarist Peter Bernstein Releases New Version Of 'Signs Live!'

Over 20 years ago, Bernstein recorded his album, <i>Signs of Life,</i> featuring pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. Now he's released a new version of the album.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>Veteran jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein created one of his best pieces …

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Nate Smith Brings ‘Kinfolk’ to Jazz Standard

We don’t talk a lot about percussion having a flavor. But on the drummer Nate Smith’s “Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere,” released this spring, all sorts of sounds participate in building the rhythm: taut but resonant bass notes, clipped guitar playing, zagging saxophone lines. The result is a …

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Saturday Morning Jazz on Radio Deluxe

This week Maddie Pizzarelli continues to fill in for her mom to hosts two hours of timeless music with her father, John Pizzarelli. <b>Saturday at 10am ET on The Jonathan Channel!</b><p>And for those who can't tune in Saturday, there is always a re-airing each week <b>Wednesdays at 3PM ET.</b>

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Thelonious Monk: Honoring a Piano Man Who Inspired Generations

Thelonious Sphere Monk.<p>Even his name was one of a kind. Before Monk came along, no one played piano like him. His elliptical approach to melody and often abrupt, percussive style created suspense and humor on the bandstand, and his sublime lyricism made for indelible standards with evocative names …

Scat

This spring, we celebrate Ella Fitzgerald's centennial birthday [b. April 25, 1917]. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, she was an undisputedly brilliant and exuberant scat singer, and she's featured, along with a few others, in this <i>Fishko Files</i> on the art of Scat. (Produced in 2004)<p><b>WNYC Production</b> …

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'Jazz Is The Mother Of Hip-Hop': How Sampling Connects GenresWBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

Why do hip-hop producers gravitate toward jazz samples? For a mood, for sonic timbre, for a unique rhythmic component. Swing is a precursor to the boom-bap. "If you're a hip-hop producer that wants a lot of melodic stuff happening," pianist Robert Glasper says, "you're probably going to go to jazz …

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Nnenna Freelon On Piano Jazz

Internationally hailed as one of the greatest vocalists to come along in decades, Nnenna Freelon exudes both class and sophistication. Her soulful style consists of fresh interpretations of classic standards. A six-time Grammy nominee, she also starred in the critically acclaimed 2014 show <i>Georgia</i> …

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Ella Fitzgerald: A 'puritan in bohemia'

Ella Fitzgerald was one of the most popular artists of the 20th century. She was a pioneer of the scat singing style and her ‘Songbook’ albums are an essential part of the American music canon.<p>This month would have been her 100th birthday, and the singer Mica Paris is releasing an album …

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Music 101 | Jazz

The Benny Goodman Trio<p>Improvisation<p>By Loren Schoenberg, Conductor and Saxophonist<p>To many, composed music and improvised music seem to be opposites, …

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Mose Allison On Piano Jazz

One of the most original and provocative musicians in jazz, pianist Mose Allison (1927 - 2016) was heavily influenced by the blues. The Mississippi native drew inspiration from Sonny Boy Williamson, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong and Thelonious Monk to create bluesy jazz flavored with his own …