Patrick Jarenwattananon

Patrick Jarenwattananon appears in the following:

First Listen: Allen Toussaint, 'American Tunes'

Thursday, June 02, 2016

A posthumous album from the great behind-the-scenes man sets a retrospective, autumnal focus on songs which gave rise to Toussaint and his city — and thus to a bigger American music canon.


Songs We Love: Idris Ackamoor And The Pyramids, 'Rhapsody In Berlin'

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Reunited after three decades, the pan-African "cosmic jazz" experimentalists throw an extended and ecstatic dance party, with throwback funk vibes and multiculti merger.


Songs We Love: Sarah Vaughan, 'Fascinating Rhythm'

Thursday, April 28, 2016

It's but a standard warhorse, plucked from a seemingly random live date in 1978. But once she initiates the finale sequence, you can only shake your head and smile.


First Listen: Gregory Porter, 'Take Me To The Alley'

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The popular jazz singer follows a familiar pattern on his new album: It's acoustic, unconcerned with fashion or complexity, and both overpowering and soothing. That's a good thing.


First Listen: Snarky Puppy, 'Culcha Vulcha'

Thursday, April 21, 2016

To the extent that Snarky Puppy has a core sonic idea, it's an intricate melody over a multifaceted groove, as generated by multiple horn players, guitarists, keyboardists and percussionists.


Henry Threadgill Wins Music Pulitzer For 'In For A Penny, In For A Pound'

Monday, April 18, 2016

The saxophonist, flutist and beyond-jazz composer says the epic work frees up a method he'd developed over 15 years with his working ensemble Zooid.


The ELEW Trio With Veal And Tain

Thursday, February 11, 2016

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 ...


Songs We Love: Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, 'Backbone'

Thursday, February 11, 2016

This tune comes from a demo tape of a band's first-ever public gig. The recording engineer was a 19-year-old college radio kid scrambling to capture 18 musicians in a tiny basement club. But half a century later, that kid now runs a record label and deemed his work good enough ...


At The DC Jazz Loft

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Jazz has its capital cities: major hubs like New York, Chicago and New Orleans. But the music manages plenty well in many other places, too. What goes into those smaller ecosystems to enable jazz to thrive? How do talented musicians make it happen? In search of some answers, we sought ...


Pedrito Martinez, Santero

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Pedrito Martinez is a world-class Afro-Cuban percussionist — a rumbero called upon by many jazz and pop stars when they need hand drumming, as well as a Grammy-nominated singing bandleader in his own right. He's also a Santería priest.

Those two aspects of Martinez's life are inextricably connected. In ...


What We Loved At Winter Jazzfest 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Like any music, jazz has its revolutions; its sudden incidents in infrastructure; its disruptive presences of unprecedented sound. Mostly it's slower than that, though, with years and generations of accretions before it seems to call for new vocabulary. That's one way to look at Winter Jazzfest, whose latest incarnation occupied ...


Esperanza Spalding Is Letting Emily Be Emily

Friday, January 08, 2016

"Devolution burns inside me," sings Esperanza Spalding on "One," a track from her upcoming album, Emily's D+Evolution. She's playing with the idea of a "modern mind" being afflicted by a "primal urge," and more broadly about how, sometimes, great strides in our development are inspired by less-enlightened versions of ...


Paul Bley, Influential Jazz Pianist, Has Died

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Bley's long-standing commitment to thoughtful yet intuitive performance proved adaptable to many different settings for nearly seven decades. He was 83.


Toast Of The Nation 2016

Friday, January 01, 2016

A tradition that dates back to the 1970s, NPR Music presents an all-night broadcast of live jazz performances every New Year's Eve.

In a sequence of high-energy concerts, performers counted down to midnight and rang in the new year across four time zones, with performances in Boston; Newport, R.I.; New ...


Songs We Love: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, 'We Three Kings'

Monday, December 21, 2015

Concerts of holiday music have been some of Jazz at Lincoln Center's most popular programming for at least 25 years now. Given the talent of its in-house big band — the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis — it's no surprise that the results are consistently ...


Jazz At Lincoln Center's Big Band Holidays Concert

Thursday, December 17, 2015

When the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra returns to the newly renovated Rose Theater, it'll bring one of its most popular traditions: its annual concerts of holiday music. The Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, will present new arrangements of favorite seasonal songs with guest vocalists Denzal Sinclaire and Audrey Shakir.



From NPR Music, Two Jazz Performances That Wrestle With Race And Policing

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Hi Code Switch readers! I'm here from NPR Music, where I mostly cover jazz. I thought you might be interested two big performances we recently featured in which the artists took a moment to talk about police intimidation and violence against African-Americans.

When Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah — a bold, ...


Sabertooth, Or The 23-Year Midnight Gig

Thursday, November 19, 2015

In Chicago, one band holds down a midnight-to-5 a.m. gig on Saturday nights — or, technically, on Sunday mornings. It's a time slot which seems challenging enough to do once or twice. These guys have been doing it for 23 years.

Sabertooth is a quirky band, currently an organ quartet ...


The Making Of Marquis Hill

Thursday, November 05, 2015

About a year ago, trumpeter Marquis Hill, now 28, traveled to Los Angeles, played five tunes for a panel of judges, and won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. You can think of it as a sort of Heisman Trophy for young jazz artists, meaning that a lot ...


Shirley Scott, 'Queen Of The Organ'

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Jazz is taught at universities now, and artists like saxophonist Tim Warfield and trumpeter Terell Stafford teach at them. But they know that jazz is taught more through listening than reading; more on the bandstand than the classroom. And they learned those lessons from the organ giant Shirley Scott, who ...