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Gig Alert: Elio Villafranca

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Cuban pianist delivers a rare solo performance at lunchtime today. To get in the mood, download "Sunday Stomp At Congo Square."

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Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli

Saturday Morning Mixtape

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday morning at 10AM ET, join world-renowned musicians, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey as they spin their favorite classic and contemporary records. 

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Curtis Stigers On 'Song Travels'

Friday, August 15, 2014

Stigers performs his original "You've Got the Fever," and host Michael Feinstein joins him for a duet of the standard "You Are Too Beautiful."

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Drum Fill Friday, With Guest Host Matt Wilson

Friday, August 15, 2014

The jazz drummer and public radio host grew up in the 1970s, and knows the TV themes, reggae beats and hit single breaks to prove it. Test your ear against his genre-spanning picks.

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Nina Simone: A Revolutionary Voice Of The Civil Rights Movement

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Yorker staff writer, Claudia Roth Pierpont, gives context for the recent Nina Simone film controversy and discusses the events that fueled the singer's darkest songs and most provocative performances.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater On JazzSet

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Held each summer in the lovely hillside country of Westchester County, the Caramoor Jazz Festival is in a rolling woods, 40 miles northeast of New York City. Hear Dee Dee Bridgewater lead her quintet.

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Chorale For Horns And iPad App, In The Pouring Rain

Thursday, August 14, 2014

We had hoped that the great drummer Brian Blade would give us a little backstage percussion exhibition. But rain scuttled those plans. Instead, he and his band worked out a different kind of beauty.

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How To Be Smarter About... The Brian Lehrer Edition; Nina Simone; Wildcat! Wildcat! Plays Live

Thursday, August 14, 2014

In this episode: Soundcheck's How To Be Smarter About... series -- about addressing musical blind spots -- continues with WNYC host Brian Lehrer, who tells us a musical topic he’d like to know more on – and we help to fill in the gaps.

Then: Claudia Roth Pierpont discusses her new essay for the New Yorker which explored Nina Simone’s complicated relationship with the civil rights movement and with her own racial self-identification. Pierpont tells Soundcheck about how these issues influenced both the singer’s public persona and works like her perceptive song “Four Women.”

And: Hear the infectious, expansive synth pop of Wildcat! Wildcat! as the L.A. band performs songs from its debut, No Moon At All, in the Soundcheck studio.

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How To Be Smarter About… Riot Grrrl; Tori Amos Picks Three; Somi Plays Live

Monday, August 11, 2014

In this episode: Soundcheck kicks off our “How To Be Smarter About…” series with a look at the feminist punk movement known as riot grrrl. Sara Marcus, author of Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution, clears up misconceptions and drops some knowledge on producer Katie Bishop.

Then: Singer-songwriter Tori Amos is back in New York this week on her Unrepentant Geraldines tour and stops by the Soundcheck studio to share three songs that left a lasting impact on her.

And: In 2011, the New York-based vocalist and songwriter Somi traveled to the Nigerian city of Lagos. Now, her experiences and observations from her 18-month stay are reflected on her latest album – fittingly titled The Lagos Music Salon. Hear her perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli

Music Deluxe with John Pizzarelli

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Saturday morning at 10AM ET, join world-renowned musicians, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey as they spin their favorite classic and contemporary records. 

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Burt Bacharach On Piano Jazz

Friday, August 08, 2014

In this session from 2005, the prolific songwriter performs some of his most famous works, such as "What the World Needs Now is Love" and "Close to You."

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The New Yorker's Sonny Rollins Satire: Funny Or Infuriating?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Last week, the New Yorker published a satirical piece called “Sonny Rollins: In His Own Words,” in which this legendary 83-year-old saxophonist supposedly vented about how much he hates jazz. But many jazz fans were not amused by the piece, which made a joke about jazz at the expense of a beloved figure. Others thought the piece was funny. Jazz writer Howard Mandel and saxophonist Ashley Hamer debate in a Soundcheck Smackdown.

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Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors With David Sanchez: Newport Jazz 2014

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Puerto Rican tenor saxophonist joins a select international ensemble from one of jazz's top conservatories in a festival-opening performance of his own compositions.

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Smackdown: Sonny Rollins And Satire; Naomi Shelton Plays Live; Nick Cave On Film

Thursday, August 07, 2014

In this episode: Last week, the New Yorker's web site ran a piece called "Sonny Rollins: In His Own Words," in which this legendary 83-year-old saxophonist -- one of the most legendary living figures in jazz -- vented about how much he hates jazz. Except, Rollins didn't write it at all. The essay was published in the magazine's satire section Daily Shout. But many fans were not amused by the piece. Jazz writer Howard Mandel and saxophonist Ashley Hamer weigh in on the satire and controversy.

Then: Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens recently released their latest Daptone record, Cold World. Hear the Southerner-turned-Brooklynite play some of her soulful tracks live in the Soundcheck studio.

And: The new film 20,000 Days On Earth is a movie about musician Nick Cave, but it's not quite a documentary. Directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard talk about this unusual film, which began during the recording of Push the Sky Away, Cave's latest album with his backing band, the Bad Seeds.

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Newport Jazz 2014

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

With a sly salute to fellow composer and big-band leader Duke Ellington, Argue presents the U.S. premiere of a new 35-minute work. It joins other unrecorded tunes during Secret Society's Newport set.

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Newport Jazz 2014 In Photos

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The 60th anniversary of the festival saw more than 45 bands perform overlooking the water in New England. Our photographer captured nearly every 2014 act, through abundant sunshine and driving rain.

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The Jonathan Channel

Don Cheadle Makes Miles Davis Film a Reality

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

It may be hard to believe, but there has never been a Hollywood film about Miles Davis. Thanks to Don Cheadle, now there will be. Last week, The Jonathan Channel sat down with the Miles Davis family and learned all about the new film, Miles Ahead

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Gig Alert: Nels Cline

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Wilco guitarist and his friends are at The Stone this week. Download 'Companion Piece.'

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The Jonathan Channel

Staff Picks: The American Songbook Live

Monday, August 04, 2014

The Jonathan Channel is committed to bringing you great music - it's our job. Each week, we compile a concert calendar that is guaranteed to satisfy even the most selective music fan. In case you can't make it out, we've added a playlist to the page! Here are our picks for August 4 - 10. 

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Sam Friend On 'Song Travels'

Friday, August 01, 2014

Friend shares his love of New Orleans "jass" by playing "Sweet Lorraine" on six-string banjo.

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