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Miguel Zenón's 'Identities Are Changeable'

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Puerto Rican alto saxophonist and composer's new album explores national identity through spoken word and music. He brings that music to life at the Newport Jazz Festival, joined by his big band.

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Johnny O'Neal: Live at Mezzrow

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

After decades off the scene, the old-school virtuoso pianist and singer is re-establishing himself in New York. Every week, he welcomes guest performers to one of the city's smallest rooms.

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Very Very Threadgill

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The saxophonist and composer has long been an standard-bearer for boundary-crossing music. From uptown Manhattan, Jason Moran curates a concert retrospective of his wildly creative universe.

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What Is Jazz Night In America?

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

It's a new public radio program, a concert video webcast every Wednesday night, and a partnership bringing together WBGO, Jazz At Lincoln Center and NPR Music. Here's how to check it out.

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All Things Considered

Art As Conversation: Three New Collaborative Albums

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

NPR's Melissa Block and music critic Tom Moon discuss the thrill of intimacy on three new albums by duos.

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Studio 360

Sideshow Podcast: How to Make A Perfect Movie Before Turning 30 (with 'Whiplash' Director Damien Chazelle)

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

No one trusted 29-year-old Damien Chazelle to make a movie about jazz, so he showed producers that Whiplash was about passion, ambition, and blood.
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The Jonathan Channel

A Conversation with The Miles Davis Estate & A Tribute to Rita Hayworth

Monday, October 06, 2014

There's a lot going on in NYC this week. Our top picks? The Miles Davis Estate at CBGB Music Festival & a tribute to star of the silver screen, Rita Hayworth. That's just the beginning. 

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Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, October 04, 2014

When he gets a chance to be the frontman, the Brooklyn trombonist runs a nifty jazz quartet. Assisted by vocalist Camila Meza (and by employer Sufjan Stevens, in absentia), Catharsis visits NPR.

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Herb Alpert On 'Song Travels'

Friday, October 03, 2014

The jazz legend joins host Michael Feinstein for an instrumental duet of "When Sonny Gets Blue," and singer Lani Hall (Alpert's wife) performs "That Old Black Magic" with Feinstein's accompaniment.

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Joe Wilder On Piano Jazz

Friday, October 03, 2014

Piano Jazz honors the legendary trumpeter Joe Wilder. In this 2000 session, Wilder joins host Marian McPartland and bassist Rufus Reid for the Gershwin's "Lady Be Good."

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Soundcheck

Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga Sing 'Cheek To Cheek'

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The latest music project from Lady Gaga is a duets record with iconic crooner, Tony Bennett. But is the album a stunt? Writer Nick Messitte weighs in.

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JazzSet Signs Off

Thursday, October 02, 2014

From outdoor festivals to concert halls in major cities, JazzSet was there. Hear an intimate, bittersweet farewell, with highlights that span the NPR jazz program's 23-year run.

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Soundcheck

Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga Go 'Cheek To Cheek'; The Story Of Sylvester; Augustines Plays Live

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga collaborate again on their new album; a new musical tells the story of Sylvester, the so-called "Queen of Disco"; Augustines plays in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Quincy Jones Pays Tribute to Jazz Legend Clark Terry

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Piano prodigy Justin Kauflin and Quincy Jones talk about their friendship with Clark Terry, the subject of the new documentary “Keep on Keepin’ On.”

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Gig Alert: Melanie De Biasio

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Belgian jazz musician plays at Rockwood Music Hall Wednesday night. Download "No Deal."

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Herb Alpert On World Cafe

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The decorated jazz veteran, now 79, sounds younger than ever on his new album, In The Mood.

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Soundcheck

'Kind Of Blue' Recreated Note-For-Note

Monday, September 29, 2014

New York-based jazz quartet Mostly Other People Do The Killing have taken apart the 1959 Miles Davis classic and put it back together, note-for-note.

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Author Caitlin Moran Plays Three Favorite Songs; Shakey Graves Plays Live; 'Kind Of Blue' Remade Note For Note

Monday, September 29, 2014

Author Caitlin Moran plays some favorite songs and talks about her new book. Shakey Graves performs live in the Soundcheck studio. Kind Of Blue has just been remade, note for note.

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The Jonathan Channel

Jazz Singer Audra Mariel Takes over for Jonathan Schwartz

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday at 11AM, Audra Mariel steals the reins from Jonathan Schwartz. She'll be in the studio hosting an hour of music that has inspired her: Joni Mitchell, Bessie Smith & more. 

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Freddy Cole On Piano Jazz

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pianist, composer, and vocalist Freddy Cole can take any song and bring out colors and nuances never heard before. He brings this special ability to "Sometimes I'm Happy" in 1998 session.

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