Thursday, July 31, 2014
By Michael Shobe : Assistant Program Director, WQXR
The annual Jazz In July festival at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan has had an abundance of great programs this year. Bill Charlap is celebrating his 10th anniversary as artistic director while the festival marks its 30th. His program touched on many different faces of the American songbook: Miles Davis, Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein, and Fred Astaire. There was a meeting of three generations of piano men – Dick Hyman (the previous artistic director of Jazz In July), Charlap and Christian Sands. Last night was devoted to the divine one, Sarah Vaughan.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The music of Peter Evans runs the gamut between standard bebop and the most esoteric contemporary classical music, often incorporating electronics and a range of extended techniques. Hear his Mixtape today at 3 pm.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Karen Mantler has felt the economic downturn. In fact, her new album is called "Business is Bad." But for Karen, less has always been more. Her jazzy songs are lean, witty, and keenly observed, without an once of fat, or an extra note. She brings her new trio, with Doug Wieselman and Kato Hideki, to the WNYC Studio, joining David Garland for performances and conversation.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
George Gershwin and other famous musicians of the 20th century were fascinated by jazz and used it in their compositions. This week on Classics for Kids, hear some examples by Stravinsky, Bernstein and Ravel, among others.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Last week, the jazz world lost the renowned and influential bassist Charlie Haden, who died at 76. Nate Chinen, the jazz and pop critic for the New York Times, reflects on Haden's diverse musical career and shares a couple of his must-hear recordings.
Friday, July 18, 2014
In this episode: Last week, the jazz world lost Charlie Haden, who died at the age of 76. One of the most influential bassists of all time, Haden played with luminaries like Ornette Colman, Pat Metheny, and Keith Jarrett -- with whom he recorded the fittingly titled album, Last Dance, released about a month ago. But he also sometimes stepped outside of the jazz realm, revisiting the country music of his childhood spent touring with his family’s band. Nate Chinen, the jazz and pop critic for the New York Times reflects on Charlie Haden's diverse musical career and shares a couple of his must-hear recordings.
Then: You may know Marco Benevento from his winding, sonically rich instrumentals -- or from the Soundcheck theme song, which he wrote. But now, with help of producer Richard Swift, Benevento's forthcoming album, Swift, features the longtime keyboardist singing. Get a taste with his new song "At The Show" -- and watch the music video.
And: Singer and guitarist Keren Ann wowed fans three years ago with a collection of smoky pop songs. Hear her perform live in the Soundcheck studio.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
By Tom Moon
Sunday, July 13, 2014
For years, jazz trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas and keyboardist Uri Caine have collaborated on all sorts of projects. But with Present Joys, they're finally recording as a duo.
Friday, July 11, 2014