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This Week in Jazz: Staff Music Selections

Monday, April 07, 2014

The Jonathan Channel brings you great music - no matter where you are. Here are our staff picks for the week.

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Leonard Lopate: Clifford Brown, 'Joy Spring'

Friday, April 04, 2014

Do you want to know which song reminds Leonard Lopate, host of WNYC's The Leonard Lopate Show of Spring? Have a listen to Leonard talk about Clifford Brown's "Joy Spring."

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Mulgrew Miller On Piano Jazz

Friday, April 04, 2014

In a 2002 session, Miller's unique harmonic and rhythmic style comes through in his composition, "Carousel." He also joins host Marian McPartland for Duke Ellington's "What Am I Here For?"

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Soundcheck

Watch: Regina Carter, Live On Soundcheck

Friday, April 04, 2014

Known for her mixture of traditional blues, modern jazz and polyrhythmic world music, the genre-traversing violinist and MacArthur Fellow performs works from her latest project in the Soundcheck studio.

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Roy Nathanson: The Idiosyncratic Saxophonist Gets 'Complicated'

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Hear the jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader perform with his band in the Soundcheck studio.

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Matthew Stevens Group: Live At Berklee

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Whether executing the new visions of his peers or fielding calls from veterans, few young jazz guitarists are as highly tipped. Matthew Stevens leads a band in songs from his forthcoming debut album.

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Gig Alert: Regina Carter

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Catch jazz violinist and MacArthur Genius during her residency at Birdland. Download "Trampin'."

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A Guitarist Starts Anew, Except For This Old Song

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Matthew Stevens has mostly moved on from his shelved debut recording — but one tune remains in rotation. He explains how Tony Williams and a certain pop hit influenced his unconventional "Emergence."

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FLASHBACK| Jazz pianist Chuchito Valdés performs live in The Greene Space

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

In October 2010, Valdés joined us in The Greene Space for The Soul of Cuba, a celebration of Cuban culture through music, readings, food, wine and conversation. Watch his lively performance here.

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FLASHBACK| Jazz pianist Chuchito Valdés performs live in The Greene Space

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

In October 2010, Valdés joined us in The Greene Space for The Soul of Cuba, a celebration of Cuban culture through music, readings, food, wine and conversation. Watch his lively performance here.

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Dianne Reeves On Piano Jazz

Friday, March 28, 2014

On this episode of Piano Jazz, host Marian McPartland accompanies Reeves in "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise" and "Million Dollar Secret."

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Soundcheck

Nostalgia For New York In The Forties

Friday, March 28, 2014

All this week on Soundcheck, we're talking about nostalgia and New York music in collaboration with New York magazine, which this week is presenting their annual "yesteryear" issue -- this year, focused on New York City music. Today we wrap up with New York magazine's Mark Jacobson, who shares his love for the jazz of the 1940's.

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'A Love Supreme' Comes Alive In Unearthed Photos

Friday, March 28, 2014

The great jazz photographer Chuck Stewart recently found six rolls of 50-year-old film in his archive. They contained previously unpublished shots of John Coltrane recording his masterpiece.

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Jane Bunnett And Chihiro Yamanaka On JazzSet

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Jane Bunnett and Chihiro Yamanaka come to the Kennedy Center from Canada and Japan, respectively, and each has a compelling story.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Reaching Young Muslims with Music

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hisham Aidi, lecturer at the School of International and Public Affairs and the Institute of African Affairs at Columbia University and the author of Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture talks about the use of music -- jazz, hip hop, reggae Gnawa -- to reach young Muslims from post- WWII to today.

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Hear: Kris Bowers, Live On Soundcheck

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Kris Bowers won the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition Award. Hear him play songs from his debut album Heroes + Misfits -- which blends together jazz, hip hop and R&B influences -- in the Soundcheck studio.

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Nostalgia For New York Music In The Sixties; Electro-Pop Pioneer Gary Numan; Kris Bowers Plays Live

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In this episode: Soundcheck's week-long look back at various eras of music in New York continues with the 1960's. New York magazine editor Lane Brown talks about his nostalgia for the years of Bob Dylan’s meteoric rise.

Then, Gary Numan -- who helped pioneer electronic pop in the 1970's and '80s with songs like "Cars" and "Are Friends Electric?"-- talks about his new album, Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind).

And: Pianist Kris Bowers has played with vocalist Jose James, bassist Marcus Miller, Aretha Franklin and Q-Tip. He worked on Kanye West and Jay Z’s mammoth 2011 album Watch the Throne. He won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition three years ago. And… brace yourself… he’s only 24 years old. Hear the young phenom play live.

 

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Nostalgia For New York In The Twenties

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

All this week on Soundcheck, we're talking about nostalgia and New York music in collaboration with New York magazine, which this week is presenting their annual "yesteryear" issue -- this year, focused on New York City music. And we've asking listeners which decade you're most nostalgic for. Today, New York magazine's Jody Rosen returns to look back at one of his favorite eras in New York, the 1920's. 

 

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Gig Alert: Freddy Fuego X-Tet

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

This shapeshifting group combines a flavorful blend of jazz, reggae, funk, R&B, hip hop and pop.

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New York In The 1920's; Keren Ann Plays Live; Hugh Masekela Gives Us Exercise Tips

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

In this episode: Soundcheck's week of nostalgia continues, with a fond look back at the 1920's -- a decade when duos like Rodgers and Hart and George and Ira Gershwin were cranking out the pop hits, and the Harlem Renaissance was in full swing. New York magazine’s Jody Rosen gives a guided tour.

Then: Singer and guitarist Keren Ann wowed fans three years ago with a collection of smoky pop songs. Hear her perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

And: South African trumpeter and composer Hugh Masekela -- who, for three decades of his 50-plus year career, lived in exile from his native South Africa -- talks about returning to his home country 20 years ago. And he talks about the exercises that keep him looking so darn young on the eve of his 75th birthday.

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