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Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project On JazzSet

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hear a live performance at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival. Gretchen Parlato sings a song that Bill Evans arranged for Astrud Gilberto, while Truesdell chooses additional pieces with special meaning.

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Speaking of Music

'A Hard Day's Night' At 50; Puss N Boots Plays Live; Miles Davis On WNYC In 1950

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In this episode: A Hard Day’s Night cemented The Beatles as a cultural as well as musical force; now, to commemorate its 50th anniversary, the groundbreaking 1964 comedy is being re-released nationwide this week. Matt Zoller Seitz -- editor-in-chief at RogerEbert.com and New York Magazine writer reflects on about the film’s importance to the Beatles legend as well as its innovative technique.

Then: Puss n Boots -- the all-star cowboy boot-clad trio comprised of Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and Catherine Popper -- performs music from its debut album, No Fools, No Fun.

And: In 1950, WNYC broadcast Miles Davis playing live at the American Music Festival, live from Birdland. Listen back to the recording from that festival with jazz historian and professor Ashley Kahn – who helps us place this performance within the timeline of Miles Davis’ career.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

18-piece group fuses jazz and pop tonight at Jazz Standard. Download "Construction + Destruction."

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All Things Considered

Billy Eckstine: A Crooner Who Crossed Barriers

Monday, July 07, 2014

"Maybe black male singers are not supposed to sing about love," Eckstine said. "You're supposed to sing about hurt." Born 100 years ago this week, he ushered in a new era of modern jazz.

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New York Now

On-Demand Audio: Louis's Jazz at 'Andriessen 75' Festival

Friday, July 04, 2014

Wednesday, July 9 at 11 am ET, Phil Kline continues his presentation of the "Andriessen 75" festival in Washington, D.C. with "Andriessen's Piano/Andriessen's Jazz" featuring pianists Molly Orlando and Francesca Hurst as well as the Brad Linde Jazz Ensemble.

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Les Paul On Piano Jazz

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The guitar legend made a rare appearance on Piano Jazz in 1999, bringing with him his trio — Lou Paulo on guitar and Paul Nowinski on bass.

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Avishai Cohen's Triveni With Anat Cohen On JazzSet

Thursday, July 03, 2014

As rich as Anat Cohen's work is, Avishai Cohen's Triveni trio is spare. Born and raised in Tel Aviv, the siblings perform together and apart at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center.

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Newport Jazz 2011: Avishai Cohen's Triveni With Anat Cohen, Live In Concert

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Hear the fervently imaginative trumpeter perform at Newport with his trio and special guests.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: The Auction Project

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Supergroup plays a fusion of Celtic, jazz, and Afro-Latin influences at Birdland through Saturday. Download "Beare Island Reel."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Pleasures of Print and Jazz

Monday, June 30, 2014

David Lewis, the producer and director of "The Pleasures of Being Out of Step", discusses his new documentary following the life and journey of Nat Hentoff, a jazz journalist who documented and lived some of the most significant political and cultural changes of the last generation.  Long-time guest Hentoff, now a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, joins in to talk about how he went from jazz to free speech to the contradictions of being an "atheist pro-lifer."

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Soundcheck

Watch: Jenny Scheinman, Live On Soundcheck

Monday, June 30, 2014

Watch the acclaimed singer, violinist, and composer perform songs from her latest album, The Littlest Prisoner, in the Soundcheck studio -- with her all-star bandmates, Bill Frisell and Brian Blade.

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Bruce Hornsby On Piano Jazz

Friday, June 27, 2014

On this episode of Piano Jazz, the influence of Keith Jarrett and Bud Powell peeks through as the hitmaker performs "Solar" and "Parisian Thoroughfare."

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Miguel Zenón And Dafnis Prieto On JazzSet

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Saxophonist Miguel Zenón (from Puerto Rico) and drummer Dafnis Prieto (from Cuba) have both resettled in the U.S., and are reworking the music of their islands in studios and on bandstands worldwide.

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The Future Of Intense Art: A Free-Jazz Event Looks Forward

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The artist-run Vision Festival, now in its 19th year, remains as staunchly committed to its mission as ever. But as its audience ages, it's sowing seeds of community outreach and childhood education.

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WNYC News

A Man Who Changed Jazz and Journalism

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The documentary The Pleasures of Being Out of Step covers the extensive — and sometimes controversial — career of Nat Hentoff.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Alice Smith

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Grammy-nominated soul singer Alice Smith performs at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Download 'Fool For You'.

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Soundcheck

Fender Rhodes: A History Of The Portable Musical Revolution

Monday, June 23, 2014

In just a few decades, the Fender Rhodes electric keyboard has infiltrated a diverse array of musical genres and uses thanks to its portability and an unmistakable sound. A new documentary and book charts the extraordinary rise and impact of the instrument.

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Soundcheck

Bobby Womack's Soulful Career; The Story Of The Fender Rhodes

Monday, June 23, 2014

In this episode: Throughout his long and legendary career, soul singer, songwriter and guitarist Bobby Womack has been responsible for countless timeless songs. Last year's superb album, his 11th, The Bravest Man In The Universe, was co-produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell, and it's considered one of his best and most inventive efforts yet. In a lengthy interview with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Womack reflects on making the new album, playing with and writing for countless icons in music, and much more.

Plus: Since the 1970s, the Fender Rhodes piano has become a staple of jazz, rock, pop and R&B. Gerald McCauley, the author of the comprehensive new book Down The Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story, talks about how the instrument was invented and why artists like Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Ray Manzarek embraced it.

This is an encore episode of Soundcheck.


All Things Considered

Bobby Hutcherson's Good Vibes For Fiery Times

Saturday, June 21, 2014

"You could stop on a street corner and hear Malcolm X," the vibraphonist says of 1960s New York, where he made his controversial debut as a bandleader. His new Blue Note album is Enjoy The View.

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Helen Sung On Piano Jazz

Friday, June 20, 2014

The pianist shows off her compositional skills when she plays her own tune ("Hope Springs Eternally"), and she joins host Marian McPartland on "Someday My Prince Will Come."

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