January 22, 2020
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Claudio Roditi, whose lyrical poise and burnished warmth on trumpet and flugelhorn helped make him one of the most accomplished jazz musicians from Brazil, died on Jan. 17 at ...
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Jimmy Heath, a saxophonist, composer, arranger, educator and 2003 NEA Jazz Master who came of age in the bebop era, and did much to sway the course of ...
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Gregory Porter intended the title of his new album, ALL RISE, to resonate on multiple levels. “We hear that phrase when presidents or judges come into the room,” he ...
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If you’re like me, words like “poise,” “polish,” “assurance” and “maturity” were not legitimate self-descriptive terms when you were 16. For pianist Joey Alexander, those descriptions reveal themselves ...
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Charles Lloyd, “Requiem (Live From the Loberto Theatre)” For saxophonist Charles Lloyd, 2018 unfolded as a festive year: his 80th, with celebrations at the Newport Jazz Festival, at ...
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Theo Croker vividly remembers his first lesson with Detroit’s brass hero Marcus Belgrave. It was an encounter that rattled Croker to his core — leaving him in tears ...
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Pianist Gerald Clayton will perform his 75-minute mixed media concert Piedmont Blues: A Search for Salvation, this Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m., at the Loreto Theater, Sheen Center ...
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The 62nd annual Grammy Awards take place on Sunday, Jan. 26 — and Melissa Aldana will be there, as a nominee in the category of Best Improvised Jazz Solo. ...
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Jack Sheldon, an acclaimed jazz musician whose trumpet graced the award-winning song “The Shadow of Your Smile” and who was known to TV viewers as the puckish sidekick ...
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Vic Juris, a jazz guitarist of astounding abilities perhaps best known for his tenure in David Liebman’s band, died Tuesday morning, according to a message on his Facebook ...
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New Year’s Eve is always a bonanza in New York jazz clubs. So in this final Take Five of 2019, we’re spotlighting some of the best bookings in ...
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Just over 40 years ago, Joseph Jarman published a book of poetry that opens with a chant: “we pray o God / for the ego / death.” Jarman, ...
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Fat Fred and his Possumhunters invited “A Different Christmas” at Lillestrøm Cultural Center on December 12. It was a Thursday, but felt like a Saturday. Enhanced with Viggo ...
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One annual Checkout tradition is to pinpoint innovative takes on the holiday canon. This year we welcomed Martina DaSilva and Dan Chmielinski to deliver a lesser-known take of ...
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Last week, we shared NPR Music’s best music of 2019 in the form of nearly two dozen lists our staff and contributors made collaboratively. Today we’re handing over more private ...
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Jimmy Smith, “Greensleeves” Jimmy Smith’s rendition of “Greensleeves,” from Christmas Cookin’, is one of the hippest holiday songs that I can hear all year long. He’s joined by Kenny ...
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As the saying goes: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” During our Season of Giving Fund Drive, our listeners are joining in celebrating another fantastic year ...
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It has been 30 years since Harry Connick, Jr. became an improbable pop star, on the basis of a movie soundtrack that just happened to put many of ...
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Originally published on December 10, 2019 10:00 am There may East Coast/West Coast beefs in other forms of music, but jazz is all-embracing. This year’s edition of A Jazz Piano ...
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Have you broken the seal on Christmas music yet? Because we sure have. We’ve already talked here about Big Band Holidays II, the latest season’s greeting from the ...
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Buddy Terry, a saxophonist who worked in a broad array of styles and situations — making his most enduring contribution in the realm of soul jazz, and on ...
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Patricia Nicholson is an artist and the founder and director of the free jazz organization Arts for Art (AFA). In 2016, I was interning at Arts for Art ...
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Thought provoking. Conscience awakening. A call to action. Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science’s new album, Waiting Game (Motéma), is a direct response to the current sociopolitical climate ...
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Thanksgiving is upon us, and with it comes a call to gratitude.  So in this Take Five, we offer reasons to be thankful. It’s a totally stacked week ...
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Disney Pixar have unveiled the first trailer for their new animated movie ‘Soul’, which tells the story of Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher whose true passion is ...
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Viktorija Gečytė started singing early in life. Although she didn’t come from a musical family, she has always been drawn to music; she would often hitchhike to music ...
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The nominations are out for the 62nd Grammy Awards including a number of jazz, soul and blues artists on the list… Gary Clark Jr. has picked up four nominations ...
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Christian McBride, Esperanza Spalding and Branford Marsalis are among the jazz and blues artists in the running for the 62nd Grammy Awards.  The Recording Academy announced its nominations on ...
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DeNiro, Pesci, Keitel, Pacino. Old home week for the Mob in Martin Scorsese’s much awaited and acclaimed The Irishman, which had its debut at the NY Film Festival last ...
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Pat Metheny, “America Undefined” The wheels never stop turning for Pat Metheny. While keeping up a global tour regimen unsurpassed by any jazz musician, this guitarist-composer is also ...
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When Pedrito Martínez extended his hand for an introductory shake, I noticed how similar its texture is to the skin of a conga — as if his hands ...
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Kassa Overall, “Please Don’t Kill Me (feat. Joel Ross and Theo Croker)” Earlier this month I had the pleasure of giving a keynote talk at So What’s Next? — ...
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The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz has announced 12 semifinalists for its International Guitar Competition, to be held next month in Washington, D.C. Previously known as the Thelonious Monk International ...
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Dee Dee Bridgewater traveled a short psychic distance from guest of honor to star attraction at the 2019 WBGO Champions of Jazz Gala, on Wednesday night at Capitale ...
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Young pianist and Latin Grammy nominee Gabriel Chakarji announces his first single “Enredadera” featuring his trio with Edward Perez on bass and Jongkuk Kim on drums. This music ...
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The appeal of any art form is to take one to another place, perhaps a place never seen or heard before. For Ranky Tanky, that transporting power comes ...
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One thing I’ve noticed over two decades’ worth of interviews with Vijay Iyer, the award-winning pianist and composer, is that he doesn’t instinctively start talking about himself. He’s ...
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Vincent Peirani is an accordionist and composer who, earlier this month, won Album of the Year in the prestigious Victoires du Jazz, an annual awards ceremony in France. ...
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If you like rocking with your foot or snapping it to the beat, you’re in Escape. Argot possibly in the wrong concert. Because the idiosyncratically occupied jazz trio ...
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In the words of bandleader Jan Kus, ‘Moving Up’ is a song about optimism and determination:  “This song is a sort of Slavo-Rican anthem. It’s about dealing with ...
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Miles Okazaki’s Trickster, “Lighthouse” Trickster, a four-piece band led by guitarist Miles Okazaki, is best understood in both cerebral and visceral terms. On the one hand, it’s a ...
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Ray Santos, a saxophonist, composer, arranger rightly known to Latin music fans as “El Maestro,” died on Oct. 17. He was 90. His death was announced by his ...
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As a singer, a songwriter and a player of stringed instruments, Becca Stevens has thrived in almost every conceivable setting. If you haven’t seen the Becca Stevens Band, ...
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On what would have been Roy Hargrove’s 50th birthday, a longtime associate pays homage in our studio. Renée Neufville first performed “Something to Believe In (For Roy),” a ...
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Guitarist Randy Napolean makes a scene clean. How? With no nonsense, melodic lines that speak a look over the shoulder and a push ahead. The guitarist, who toured ...
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Also: Dick Hyman and Ken Peplowski finesse the songs of Lerner & Loewe, and Tyshawn Sorey goes deep with Marilyn Crispell. David S. Ware Quartet, “Crossing Samsara, Part ...
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George Garzone, stalwart tenorman and hero of Boston’s thriving jazz scene, performs with The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors. The program at Berklee’s Cafe 939 The Red Room on ...
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There are lots of firsts and superlatives in the career of Ginger Baker, the drummer and bandleader who died Sunday morning at age 80. His death was announced ...
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Over the last decade, Oran Etkin has garnered sizeable acclaim as a clarinetist and composer, for music that few would characterize as child’s play. But Etkin has also ...
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Larry Willis, whose ringing authority as a pianist extended to swinging post-bop, blaring jazz-rock, Cuban rumba and free improvisation, died on Sunday morning at the Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, ...
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The pianist Fabian M. Mueller and the saxophonist Reto Suhner come from Heiden and Herisau and are only at first sight an unequal pair. At first glance, they ...
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Six years ago, soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett merged her devotion to Afro-Cuban music with her commitment to women’s empowerment, and created Maqueque — a hard-charging group that has ...
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As legend has it, Miles Davis assembled a super group of jazz musicians in a New York studio and recorded a bunch of songs without retakes. They left ...
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Betty Carter, “Bridges” The hippest new patch of New York City made its official debut last Friday, at the ribbon-cutting for Betty Carter Park. Situated in downtown Brooklyn, ...
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Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling has announced he’s bringing his new radio drama project to the UK… a live words and music show called ‘The Big Blind’ telling ...
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Steve Dalachinsky, a contemporary poet unrivaled in his dedication to the jazz avant-garde, not only as a gimlet-eyed observer but also as a prolific collaborator and performer, died ...
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On October 17, 2019, the international blues group the D’Black Blues Orchestra will hold a large open-air concert in the city of Gyumri, on Freedom Square. The performance ...
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Gregory Porter will tour the UK in May 2020. The Grammy-winning singer (who told us he’s been in the studio recently working on new music) will play cities including Manchester, ...
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It’s easy to get excited about Pedro Martins, a young multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from Brazil. On this edition of My Music on The Checkout, we’ll get to know ...
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Labor Day weekend is a time to honor our workers, and the spirit of industry they embody. Of course it also carries other connotations: backyard barbecues, furniture sales ...
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