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Musical Messages from Saturn: 100 years of Sun Ra

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Composer and keyboardist Sun Ra studied esoteric subjects and created a vast catalog of unusual music displaying a cosmic vision rooted in jazz. To honor Sun Ra's Centenary, David Garland is joined by Sun Ra archivist Michael D. Anderson and WFMU's Irwin Chusid, who share some classics and rarities.

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Diane Schuur On 'Song Travels'

Friday, May 16, 2014

The jazz vocalist swings through a few favorites, including "I Get Along Without You Very Well" and "The Very Thought of You," and joins host Michael Feinstein for "Embraceable You."

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Clint Eastwood On Piano Jazz

Friday, May 16, 2014

Hear the actor share stories about seeing Charlie Parker live — and perform a duet with host Marian McPartland in a session from 2004.

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Patrick Cornelius On JazzSet

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Inspired by A.A. Milne's 1924 book of poetry, When We Were Very Young, Cornelius presents a composition commissioned by Chamber Music America.

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Gig Alert: Marc Ribot Trio

Monday, May 12, 2014

Genre-defying guitarist celebrates a record release with his jazz trio at Le Poisson Rouge tonight. Download "The Wizard."

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Blue Note At 75, The Concert

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The iconic jazz label celebrates a major anniversary with this special performance featuring artists from its past and present: Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Norah Jones, Jason Moran and many more.

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Rachel Z On Piano Jazz

Friday, May 09, 2014

Rachel Z performs original pieces, including "Gently Sleeps the Pear Tree" and "Artemisia," and duets with host Marian McPartland in "Autumn Leaves."

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Alan Blackman's 'Coastal Suite' On JazzSet

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The pianist loves water and music. Inspired by a trip along the Pacific Northwest, The Coastal Suite spins out as one uninterrupted arc.

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Gig Alert: The Pre-War Ponies

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Revivalist tunes from the classic American songbook tonight at Barbes. Download 'Amapola.'

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The First African-American Piano Manufacturer

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Like his father, Warren Shadd was a jazz musician and a piano technician. Then he decided to build a prototype instrument, went to a gospel music convention, and suddenly had more than 1,000 buyers.

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Gig Alert: Sheila Jordan

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Octogenarian jazz vocal legend brings her voice to Birdland tonight. Stream her take on Charlie Parker's "Anthropology."

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Arturo O'Farrill And The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Live On Soundcheck

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Pianist Arturo O'Farrill and his Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Apollo Theater, the 65th anniversary of his father, Chico O'Farrill's historic Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite, plus the release of a new album. Hear the entire orchestra cram into the Soundcheck studio to perform music from The Offense Of The Drum.

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Gig Alert: Frank Lacy & The Smalls Legacy Band

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Trombone pyrotechnics from a jazz legend tonight at Small's. Download 'Carolyn's Dance.'

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All Things Considered

Sonny Rollins: 'You Can't Think And Play At The Same Time'

Saturday, May 03, 2014

"Jazz improvisation is supposed to be the highest form of communication," says the 83-year-old sax legend, who is about to release the third volume in his prized Road Shows series.

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Howard Alden On Piano Jazz

Friday, May 02, 2014

In a 1999 session, Alden demonstrates his harmonic and melodic mastery of the seven-string guitar with a glowing version of "Single Petal of a Rose."

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The 2014 Jazz At Lincoln Center Gala Concert

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Billy Crystal hosts Love, Loss and Laughter: The Story of Jazz — a tour of the music's history in song and dance, featuring an all-star lineup and the JALC Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis.

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Helen Sung On JazzSet

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Talent, dedication, a skill at adapting classical dances to jazz formats — these are some of Sung's musical and personal qualities that make her one to watch and listen to.

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Remembering Armando Peraza, An Afro-Cuban Percussion Giant

Thursday, May 01, 2014

It's hard to imagine a musical career that included musicians as varied as Charlie Parker and Carlos Santana. But such was the resumé of Armando Peraza after almost 70 years of making music.

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John Turturro on Sax, Sex and 'Fading Gigolo'

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Actor, writer and director John Turturro returns to our studio to discuss the music in his newest film, Fading Gigolo, out in theaters now.

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The Julian Lage Trio On Mountain Stage

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hear the prodigiously gifted jazz guitarist perform songs with his bassist and percussionist, recorded live on stage in Morgantown, W.Va.

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