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Gig Alert: Sara McDonald Orchestra

Monday, June 02, 2014

Enormous jazz ensemble that includes string quartet plays at Tea Lounge. Download "Plans."

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First Listen: Jose James, 'While You Were Sleeping'

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The soul singer keeps reinventing others' songs and himself. James' new album is more direct than his earlier material in some ways, and more experimental in others, but grounded in a soulful groove.

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Joe Bushkin On Piano Jazz

Friday, May 30, 2014

In a session from 1998, the pianist performs his original "Oh, Look at Me Now" and duets with host Marian McPartland for George Gershwin's "They Can't Take that Away From Me."

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Jamie Cullum: Infusing Pop With Jazz Sensibilities

Friday, May 30, 2014

Hear Jamie Cullum perform his signature blend of pop and piano jazz live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Compositions of Jazz Virtuoso Discovered

Friday, May 30, 2014

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A festival in Montclair will explore what might have been if jazz great Eric Dolphy had lived.

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Take 75: Great Solos In Blue Note Records History

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

As the jazz label nears three quarters of a century, it remains a showcase for jazz soloing in every possible mood and temperament. Here are our picks for sublime moments from the catalog.

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All Things Considered

Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Musicians and insiders talk to NPR about the jazz label's legacy. "It's just like the Empire State Building or the White House," says one. "It's a monument."

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Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Wayne Shorter Quartet

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

During the '60s, Shorter came to the fore not only as a saxophonist, but as a composer with a sixth sense for how to break the rules of harmony. His band launches new ideas off old themes in concert.

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Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Norah Jones

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

At her record company's 75th-anniversary gala, the singer-songwriter performs with her labelmates — some of whom, like Wayne Shorter and Jason Moran, happen to be modern jazz stars.

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Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Lou Donaldson & Dr. Lonnie Smith

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

In the '50s, '60s and beyond, they were among the artists who defined hard bop and soul jazz. They revisit the hits in concert, but not without some chortling commentary from Sweet Poppa Lou.

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Blue Note At 75, The Concert: McCoy Tyner & Bobby Hutcherson

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

They first recorded together in 1966, around the time both were signed to Blue Note Records. The pianist and vibraphone player have been working together ever since. Watch a duet performance.

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Gig Alert: The Shape Of Jazz To Come

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

In 1959, saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman released his iconic album The Shape Of Jazz To Come. Tonight, a group of scholars and musicians will look at that sea-change moment in music, and examine the downtown jazz scene, then and now. 

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Jon Faddis On Piano Jazz

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The trumpeter demonstrates his love for his mentor, Dizzy Gillespie, in a performance of "Fiesta Mojo." He also joins host Marian McPartland for Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas" in a 2004 session.

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Gig Alert: BOSSABRASIL

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Two Brazilian music icons play together for the first time in NYC at Birdland tonight. Listen to Roberto Menescal and Marcos Valle, featuring Wanda Sá, on "O Barquinho."

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Gig Alert: United East Jazz Quintet

Monday, May 26, 2014

Jazz collaboration between US-based Korean and Japanese musicians plays in Midtown. Listen to "Teemo's Journey."

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In Memoriam: Jazz Elegies

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Around 1945, jazz's traditional funeral rites manifested in a more modern form of tribute. Now, some of the music's most powerful tunes are written in memory of late colleagues. Hear five examples.

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Soundcheck's Summer Essentials: 14 Ways To Have The Best Three Months Ever

Friday, May 23, 2014

Despite the rumors that the weather is going to be ridiculously awful this summer (who started those rumors anyway?), we're pretty sure it's going to be the best summer ever. Here are 14 ideas to jumpstart your summer '14 to-do list — concerts to attend, movies to watch, books to read and albums to hear. 

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Gig Alert: Super Hi-Fi

Friday, May 23, 2014

Dual-trombone dub gang plays at Friends and Lovers in Brooklyn. Download "Washingtonian."

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Ray Anderson's 'Sweet Chicago Suite' On JazzSet

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Anderson shares his "musical memoir" of growing up in 1960s Chicago with a live version of his Sweet Chicago Suite at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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Act Like You Know: Sun Ra

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sifting through the overwhelming catalog of the Afro-futurist jazz master is a daunting task. To celebrate Sun Ra's centennial, we picked five essential songs that lay his otherworldly evolution bare.

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