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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

The Arts

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 …

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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 …

The Arts

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 …

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 …

Paul McCartney

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> …

Entertainment

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 …

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 …

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Chuck Berry Jams Out “Johnny B. Goode” with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, John Lennon & Bruce Springsteen

The King of Rock and Roll is dead, and, no, I don’t mean Elvis, but Chuck Berry, who proclaimed himself at every opportunity the rightful sovereign. …

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The Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Panama City Beach, Florida, Hosts Ultimate Weekend of Smooth JazzThe 19th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival – recently acclaimed as being the ‘Best Jaz …

Beaches

Muldrow Meets MingusWBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

At a glance, Georgia Anne Muldrow isn't the obvious pick to create an interpretive tribute to the bassist and composer Charles Mingus. She was born in 1983, four years after Mingus died at 56. Her music stands well outside the jazz perimeter, aligning more with the Afrocentric current that flows …

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A Jazz Age Exhibition With a Syncopated Sweep

To grasp the history behind “The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s,” a new exhibition opening next month at the Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian’s design museum, there is far more to study and experience than just the 400 pieces of art, furniture and textiles on view.<p>There is the museum’s …

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Misha Mengelberg, Bold and Spirited Jazz Pianist, Dies at 81

Misha Mengelberg, a Dutch pianist and composer who approached the jazz tradition with an adventurous spirit and an antic sense of humor, died on March 3 in Amsterdam. He was 81.<p>His death was announced by the Instant Composers Pool, the Dutch experimental jazz collective that he helped found in …

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Grammy Award-Winning Latin Jazz Flutist Dave Valentin Dies At 64

Dave Valentin became one of the pre-eminent flutists in Latin jazz. He was known for his creative combination of fusion, pop and R&B.<p>He won a Grammy in 2003 for best Latin jazz album for "The Gathering," by the Caribbean Jazz Project. Vibraphonist Dave Samuels was also featured on that …

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