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Henry Mancini On Piano Jazz

Friday, April 17, 2015

In a 1985 session, the composer, arranger and pianist plays "Days Of Wine And Roses" and other favorites.

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Celebrating Billie Holiday's Centennial With Cassandra Wilson

Friday, April 17, 2015

On a new album, one of today's top singers turns her blues, country and folk-tinged delivery on Holiday's songbook. Jazz Night catches Wilson live in concert, and catches up with key collaborators.

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Gig Alert: Julia Hülsmann Trio and Theo Bleckmann Play Weill

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dazzling trio joins accomplished vocalist to breathe new life into music by Kurt Weill, as well as poems by Walt Whitman. 

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John Pizzarelli On Mountain Stage

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A master of the seven-string guitar, Pizzarelli plays standards with a terrific backing band.

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Soundcheck

The Soundcheck Stream: Women On The Edge

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Soundcheck and special curators assemble more than 12 hours of music from women who influenced and are currently shaping our world.
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In 'Snowy Egret,' A Fierce New Band Takes Flight

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Inspired by a Uruguayan author's three-volume history of the Americas, jazz pianist and composer Myra Melford has written a suite for her new quintet.

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Carmen McRae On Piano Jazz

Friday, April 10, 2015

An expert on rhythm and phrasing, the singer accompanies herself on piano for "As Long As I Live."

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Morning Edition

Remembering Ralph Sharon, Tony Bennett's Pianist

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The longtime piano accompanist and musical director accidentally broke the hit "I Left My Heart In San Francisco." But he was also the driving force behind the style Bennett is best known for.

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Home Cooking: The Philadelphia Jazz Organ Tradition In Concert

Thursday, April 09, 2015

It was in Philly where Jimmy Smith first took a church instrument and made it swing. Years later, the city's jazz community gathers to salute its many soulful pioneers of the Hammond B-3 organ.

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All Things Considered

Billie Holiday: A Singer Beyond Our Understanding

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Most artists belong to their times. But Holiday, born 100 years ago Tuesday, fits in the present.

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Soundcheck

Twelve Great Songs For The Frank Sinatra Centennial

Monday, April 06, 2015

In honor of the the 100th anniversary of “the greatest singer of the 20th century”'s birth, and a new HBO documentary, Soundcheck's John Schaefer lists his favorite Sinatra songs.
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Cassandra Wilson 'Couldn't Wait' To Reinvent The Billie Holiday Songbook

Sunday, April 05, 2015

On Coming Forth By Day, one of today's premier jazz singers pays an imaginative tribute to one of her idols, born 100 years ago. As Wilson says, a simple imitation "would be almost insulting."

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John Pizzarelli On Piano Jazz

Friday, April 03, 2015

In this 2001 session, the guitarist and singer teams up with his brother, bassist Martin Pizzarelli, and host Marian McPartland for "It's Only A Paper Moon."

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Gig Alert: Justin Kauflin

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Piano prodigy and jazz documentary subject plays at Baruch College tonight. 

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Hot Club Of Cowtown On Mountain Stage

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

With its unique fusion of Western swing and hot jazz, the trio performs live in West Virginia.

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Cassandra Wilson Sings Billie Holiday

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

One of today's great singers celebrates the centennial of a jazz icon. Wilson brings her fresh arrangements of classic tunes to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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Filmmaker Alex Gibney: 'Sinatra Grew Up With America'

Monday, March 30, 2015

The award-winning filmmaker turns his lens on the towering icon of the American songbook in a new HBO documentary.

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Three Jazz Pianists, A Generation After Apartheid

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Millennial musicians are reshaping the South African jazz scene in a culture of open exchange. Hear from pianists Nduduzo Makhathini, Kyle Shepherd and Bokani Dyer.

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Dardanelle Hadley On Piano Jazz

Friday, March 27, 2015

In this Piano Jazz session from 1984, Hadley shows off her chops in "All The Things You Are" and duets with host Marian McPartland in "It's Delovely."

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Gig Alert: Arun Ramamurthy Trio

Friday, March 27, 2015

Carnatic violin meets jazz rhythm, tonight at The Way Station.

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