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Style Lessons From Miles Davis and Cicely Tyson, the King and Queen of Cool

When you just happen to be dubbed the King of Cool, it’s no easy feat to find your match in style, swagger, and genius. Certainly jazz maestro Miles Davis found himself at the altar three times over his wild and creative lifetime. While Don Cheadle’s soon-to-be-released film <i>Miles Ahead</i> focuses on …

Obama to host International Jazz Day concert at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — International Jazz Day, one of the world's biggest celebrations of jazz, is coming to the White House.<p>President Barack Obama and …

The White House

Lawson Rollins - "Infinite Chill (the remix sessions)"

Wayne Horvitz: The Pianist And The PoetWBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

The last time we went to Seattle, we met a piano player and bandleader named Wayne Horvitz. Among other things, he books a club called the Royal Room, teaches at Cornish College of the Arts, directs a high-school ensemble, and writes and performs many different sorts of music. Jazz and improvised …

Flute

The ELEW Trio With Veal And TainWBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

Eric Lewis' career has circulated both in and out of what he calls "the jazz republic." Performing under his given name in the 1990s, Lewis was a powerful up-and-coming pianist who toured in the bands of Wynton Marsalis and Elvin Jones. As his career progressed — or failed to, from a business …

The Arts

Snarky Puppy: 'Music For The Brain And Booty'WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

The large instrumental band Snarky Puppy, which just won its second Grammy Award, is hard to pin down to one place. Its core is now in New York, but its members have toured and recorded all over the world, and their spiritual home is still Dallas, Texas. It's where they'd take in gospel …

Music

Danilo Pérez: A Man, A Plan, A Canal, PanamaWBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center

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 …

The Arts

Randy Weston | Biography & History

Placing Randy Weston into narrow, bop-derived categories only tells part of the story of this restless musician. Starting with the gospel of bop …

Q&A: Trombone Shorty Brings the New Orleans Sound to Berkeley’s UC Theatre

Jazz-funk alchemist Trombone Shorty and his backing band New Orleans Avenue visit the Bay Area’s newest concert venue, The UC Theatre, on Saturday, …

New Orleans

Africans With Mainframes to release debut LP on Soul Jazz

<b>The transcendental Chicago hardware duo will drop an album in May.</b><p>Jamal Moss and Noleian Reusse’s <b>Africans With Mainframes</b> project will release its …

A path-breaking Cuban concert — and a climate for more

South by Southwest turned 30 this month. And it's stunning to realize that tonight, for the very first time, artists from Cuba will have their own special showcase!<p>Sure Cuban artists have performed at SXSW before, but never an exclusive showcase. It's called Sounds of Cuba.<p>There are five acts on …

Students In D.C. Combated Westboro In A Truly Amazing Way

"Today the voices of love and acceptance drowned out the voices of hate."<p>When the Westboro Baptist Church arrived on their campus on March 21, students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., chose to respond in a truly beautiful (and musical) way.<p>Last week, Westboro members …

John Coltrane, Metallica, the Supremes, More Inducted to Library of Congress

The National Recording Registry has announced a new batch of inductees to the Library of Congress, as <i>Billboard</i> points out. Albums by John Coltrane (<i>A Love Supreme</i>), Metallica (<i>Master of Puppets</i>), Buffy Sainte-Marie (<i>It's My Way</i>), George Carlin (<i>Class Clown</i>), and more are among the 25 additions, as …

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Kamasi Washington Intends to Make Jazz New Again

Flying Lotus recalls witnessing one of Washington's gigs at Hollywood's Piano Bar, where the West Coast Get Down has held a residency for three years.<p>…

Maurice White: The Audacity Of Uplift

All that is solid melts in the presence of funk. Maurice White — the prolific songwriter, singer, producer, arranger, bandleader, organizer and conceptualist at the helm of multi-platinum act Earth, Wind & Fire who transitioned on Thursday at 74 after a 25-year struggle with Parkinson's Disease — …

Richard Nixon

Nina Simone Talks Being in Control of Her Image and Her Career in a Never Aired Interview

PBS' <i>Blank on Blank</i> animated a 1968 interview with Nina Simone. Taken from a 1960s radio show hosted by Lilian Terry, the audio originally aired in …

Nina Simone

Hear the deep, soulful 70s sounds of Black Jazz Records

Continuing my learning journey through the history of avant-garde and spiritual jazz, I now have jazz DJ/musicologist Gilles Peterson's sublime mix …

In Tenor Saxophonist Mark Turner's New Album, The Music Unfolds Like A Narrative

Turner's new quartet album <i>Lathe of Heaven</i> gets its name from Ursula K. LeGuin's novel. A lot of action happens at thoughtful medium tempos, and there's beautiful dissonance in the two-horn harmonies.<p>Transcript<p>TERRY GROSS, HOST:<p>Tenor saxophonist Mark Turner records a lot as a member of the trio Fly …

Taking The Tuba Above And Beyond The Low End

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.<p>The musicians are …

Oscar Peterson On Piano Jazz

Oscar Peterson was one of the giants of jazz piano. Fast fingers and a hardwired sense of swing defined Peterson and made him a favorite musical partner for everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Herbie Hancock.<p>Peterson (August 15, 1925 – December 23, 2007) would have been 89 this year. On this program …

Happy Birthday to Count Basie! One of the most popular bandleaders of all time, William James "Count" Basie was born in Red Bank, NJ on this date in 1904. You can hear the Basie band on our Swing & Big Band channel today - http://www.jazzradio.com/swingbigband

The Long Road Home by Paul 'Mabzi' Mahabir

So What - Miles Davis (1959)

Act Like You Know: Sun Ra

Records show that 100 years ago today, a boy named Herman Poole Blount was born in Birmingham, Ala. Between that moment and his passing in 1993, the man nicknamed "Sonny" developed huge musical talent, synthesized an all-encompassing Afro-futurist worldview and grew into the name Le Sony'r Ra — Sun …

Metropole Orkest

Arts: Billie and Lester against the world

In Paris, a couple of weeks before his harrowing death in 1959, Lester Young spoke of Billie Holiday, mournfully commenting, "She's still my Lady …

A 1969 Bootleg Unearths Miles Davis' 'Lost' Quintet

After a slew of multidisc sets devoted to key points in the career of Miles Davis, you'd think Columbia Records would have unearthed every speck of consequential music by now. But not quite.<p>This week, Columbia brings out <i>Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 2</i> — a three-CD, one-DVD set …