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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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All Things Considered

Legendary Pianist Horace Silver Dies At 85

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The bandleader and composer shifted the jazz landscape of the 1950s and '60s with his bluesy, funky music. Along the way, he mentored major musicians and devised future jazz standards.

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Soundcheck

Terry Teachout On A New Ellington Biography

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A new biography of Duke Ellington paints a complex picture: a man who was brilliant but undisciplined, prolific but prone to taking credit for the work of his sidemen.

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Soundcheck

Matana Roberts: Exploring History Through Free-Flowing Improvisation

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hear jazz saxophonist and composer Matana Roberts perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Terry Teachout on Duke Ellington; Author Amy Tan Picks Three; Matana Roberts Plays Live

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

In this episode: Duke Ellington is one of the towering figures in American music, but there's more to his story than hits like "Take The A Train." Cultural critic and writer Terry Teachout discusses his comprehensive biography about the iconic jazz composer and bandleader.

Plus: Amy Tan is best known for her literary achievements with books The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife. But the acclaimed author has a musical side as well: she's written an opera libretto and performs as "lead rhythm dominatrix" in the literary garage band The Rock Bottom Remainders. In an interview with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Tan talks about her latest book, The Valley Of Amazement, and about the family-related obsession that inspired her to delve into the world of Shanghai courtesans in the early 1900s. Plus, she shares three of her favorite songs.

And: Matana Roberts grew up in Chicago hearing stories about her family, from its roots in Louisiana and Mississippi, to the Great Migration north early in the 20th century. These stories and her love of history have become the basis for her recent works for sextet, the ambitious COIN COIN project. Hear Roberts play accompanied by a slightly smaller quartet live in the Soundcheck studio.

 

This is an encore episode of Soundcheck.


Rhythm Runs In The Family: Drummers On Their Dads

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Many jazz musicians got the music bug from their fathers. Find out what second-generation percussionists like Nasheet Waits, Ralph Peterson and Sheila E. say about their fathers' influence.

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Jerry Dodgion On Piano Jazz

Friday, June 13, 2014

The saxophonist joins host Marian McPartland with "Isfahan" and pulls out his flute for "Ambiance" in a session from 2005.

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Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies

Friday, June 13, 2014

The beloved musician had a slight frame, an almost feminine voice and a late revival after a promising start and years of neglect.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Wynton Marsalis Live Annotates a Duke Ellington Song

Thursday, June 12, 2014

What better guide to the music of Duke Ellington than Wynton Marsalis? And here he is doing it live, improvised on WNYC. It's like a master class in trumpet, all in two minutes.

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John Ellis, Darcy James Argue On JazzSet

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A carnival, a funhouse, a carousel atop the tallest building in the world — all are imagined settings for music of Ellis and Argue at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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Soundcheck

Ben Watt Soulfully Merges 30 Years Of Sonic Exploration

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Eclectic British songwriter and thirty-year rock music veteran Ben Watt joins Soundcheck host John Schaefer to play new music from his solo album Hendra, accompanied by Bernard Butler. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Wynton Marsalis on Woodlawn Cemetery's "Jazz Corner"

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Jazz great after Jazz great has requested to be buried near "Duke" Ellington. So now, Miles Davis, Celia Cruz, Lionel Hampton, Max Roach, and many others can all be found in Woodlawn Cemetery's unofficial "Jazz Corner." A concert at Woodlawn is being held tonight in celebration of these Jazz giants. Wynton Marsalis, trumpeter, composer, and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Susan Olson, Woodlawn Cemetery historian, weigh in on their legacy and NYC's jazz history.

 

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All Things Considered

For Guitarist Tom Chang, Opening Up Is A Constant Process

Sunday, June 08, 2014

The guitarist and composer says that in spite of all the styles of music he's played — Indian Carnatic, classical, jazz, rock, blues — there's always more to learn.

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Amina Figarova On Piano Jazz

Friday, June 06, 2014

The pianist's refined and lyrical style is on display as she performs her own "Night Train" in a session from 2008.

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Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis On JazzSet

Thursday, June 05, 2014

From a traditional blessing to a children's dance, hear a violin address the African diaspora — and a trumpet tell a bedtime story.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Kinan Azmeh & Dinuk Wijeratne

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Syrian clarinetist and Sri Lankan pianist join forces tonight at Elebash Hall. Download "The Learning Curve."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Pen and Paper Lyrics, Space-Age Sounds

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

He has a new album coming about and will be performing June 6 at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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Soundcheck

Jamie Cullum Plays Live; Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow On 34 Years Leading The NY Phil

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

In this episode: British singer and pianist Jamie Cullum is known for his energetic live shows and his jazz-inflected reinterpretations of modern rock as well as old classics. He plays songs from his new album Momentum live in the Soundcheck studio, and sneaks in a surprising cover too.

Then: Thirty-four years after he began his tenure with the New York Philharmonic, concertmaster Glenn Dicterow is “retiring” back to his native California. He plays his final performance with the NY Phil on June 28, and talks about his decades in the lead seat.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Jack Walrath & The Masters Of Suspense

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Idiosyncratic jazz trumpeter and band leader plays in Harlem. Listen to "If Anya Goes To Edinburgh."

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