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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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How Japan Came To Love Jazz

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

With this year's International Jazz Day concert taking place in Osaka, an East Asian historian (a musician himself) describes how the music came across the Pacific — and how it took off after that.

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The Public School Where The Duke Lives On

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Nowhere is the legacy of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington — among the greatest composer/bandleaders in history — more profound than at the Washington, D.C., arts high school that bears his name.

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First Listen: Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Orchestra, 'The Offense Of The Drum'

Sunday, April 27, 2014

O'Farrill's new album transforms big-band Latin jazz into something familiar, but with a new look. Its music moves forward in a subtle and graceful way that's likely to have a lasting impact.

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All Things Considered

René Marie On Singing, Sex And The Importance Of Being Eartha

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Performing Eartha Kitt's music, the jazz singer says, isn't just hero worship: It's a window into how power, seduction and vulnerability intertwine.

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A Millionaire Saves The Silenced Symphonies Of Pakistan

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Once upon a time, Lahore was home to a booming film industry and studio musicians to match. Now, the sounds of Lollywood have made a comeback, thanks to a jazz fan — who's also a philanthropist.

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Paquito D'Rivera On Piano Jazz

Friday, April 25, 2014

D'Rivera and bassist David Fink joined host Marian McPartland in 1995 for "Birk's Works," in honor of composer Dizzy Gillespie. They also perform "A Night in Englewood."

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Pick Three: Daniel Alarcón

Friday, April 25, 2014

The most recent novel from Daniel Alarcon, At Night We Walk In Circles, was named on many year-end best-of lists in 2013. The Peruvian-born, Alabama-raised, San Francisco-based author was recently named one of the best 20 Writers Under 40 by The New Yorker. But he's also a music fan, and shares this three-song playlist of a few of his favorite tracks.

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The Art Of Cool: 5 Bands At The Borders Of Jazz

Friday, April 25, 2014

This weekend's Art of Cool Festival in Durham, N.C., aims to expand the audience for improvised music. So it's booked performers from modern R&B, hip-hop and beyond with deep jazz influences.

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Chris Potter Quartet On JazzSet

Thursday, April 24, 2014

We're about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who's launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.

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Vijay Iyer On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Take a tour of the MacArthur genius's home in Harlem, including a look at his Steinway, favorite books and percussion instruments from India.

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The History Of Jazz Piano In 11 Minutes

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Even today's musicians know that jazz has a rapidly changing, living, breathing history. In a new video, young gun Kris Bowers takes a YouTube tour from ragtime and stride through the present day.

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13 Jazz Artists Awarded Over $1.7 Million

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced recipients of its 2014 performing arts grants. Noted composers such as Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake and Randy Weston received a first tier award.

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Gig Alert: The Bad Plus

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wildly inventive fusion trio plays at Jazz Standard through Sunday. Download "Seven Minute Mind."

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Gig Alert: Claudia Acuña

Monday, April 21, 2014

The graceful Chilean-born jazz singer is at Rockwood Music Hall tonight. Download "Tulum."

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First Listen: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, 'Landmarks'

Sunday, April 20, 2014

One of the world's best jazz drummers is also a singer-songwriter, session man for Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and the son of a preacher man. It's all potently distilled for his band of over 15 years.

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Steely Dan On Piano Jazz

Friday, April 18, 2014

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are masters of irony and erudition. The pair perform their Steely Dan hit "Josie" and standards "Mood Indigo" and "Hesitation Blues."

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Why Metallica's Bassist Is Producing A Jazz Documentary

Friday, April 18, 2014

Metal superstar Robert Trujillo never spoke with the late Jaco Pastorius. But Trujillo is funding a film and a new compilation of demo recordings from his personal bass guitar hero.

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