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Cedar Walton On Piano Jazz

Friday, February 07, 2014

In 1980, the pianist plays his tune "N.P.S." and duets with host Marian McPartland in "Lover Man."

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Jason Moran's 'Live: Time On The Quilts Of Gee's Bend' Suite On JazzSet

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Composer and pianist Jason Moran ushers in his era as Artistic Advisor for Jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with this performance, captured by JazzSet in honor of Black History Month.

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Watch Jazz Guitarist Nir Felder Play Live At Rockwood

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

With his debut album, Golden Age, jazz guitarist Nir Felder shows why he's been such a go-to sideman and one of the exciting young voices in jazz. Watch him in a new live concert music video for "Lover" filmed live at Rockwood Music Hall.

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Gig Alert (гиг-анонс): Anna Koroleva and Jump

Monday, February 03, 2014

It's "From Russia, With Soundcheck" Week -- and that means that we're "Gig Alerting" bands in, you guessed it, Russia.

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Herbie Hancock On Piano Jazz

Friday, January 31, 2014

In a program from 1987, Hancock solos on "Dolphin Dance" and then improvises with Marian McPartland.

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Too Much Of A Good Thing? Jane Ira Bloom's Beautiful Ballads

Friday, January 31, 2014

On Sixteen Sunsets, the soprano saxophonist varies and honors melody like Billie Holiday.

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Tootie Heath And Matt Wilson On JazzSet

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fast hands, cymbals that shimmer, drop-kicks on the bass drum; these are two drummers who appreciate each other. Albert "Tootie" Heath performs in a trio with Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus) and Ben Street (Danilo Perez Trio), followed by Wilson's Arts & Crafts quartet, in Surround Sound on JazzSet.

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Dave Brubeck Was The Macklemore Of 1954

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sixty years ago, a jazz pianist found himself in much the same bittersweet position as a rapper did on Sunday night. Surely proud of their hard work, they also sensed that their privilege as white musicians had something to do with their new success.

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Guillermo Klein: Live At Berklee

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The composer and bandleader mixes Argentine folk forms, New York's jazz talent pool and a postmodern mash-up imagination. He returns to his alma mater, a core group of bandmates in tow, to coach a performance of his own uniquely beguiling music.

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Soundcheck's Video Playlist

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Watch a playlist of some of our favorite in-studio video sessions from this year so far.

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Pete Seeger Stories; Herb Alpert In A Booth At P.J. Clarke’s; Canadian Country Singer Doug Paisley

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In this episode: In the two days since songwriter, activist and folk music legend Pete Seeger died, Soundcheck has been asking listeners and readers for your Pete Seeger stories. We got a ton of amazing responses from people sharing memories of Seeger -- be it the time you met him, sang along with him in concert, or were simply influenced by his work. We share some of those stories from listeners and a few musicians reflecting on Seeger's life and legacy.

Then, the legendary trumpeter, songwriter, multiple Grammy-winner, record label founder, artist and philanthropist Herb Alpert sits down with us for a chat at the P.J. Clarke’s across the street from Lincoln Center -- and from Dante Park, where three of his totem sculptures were recently installed.

And, Toronto-based country and folk singer Doug Paisley plays songs from his latest album, Strong Feelings, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Jim Hall On Piano Jazz

Friday, January 24, 2014

The innovative guitarist plays "Blue Monk" with host Marian McPartland in a session from 2003.

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Jitterbug Vipers On 'Song Travels'

Friday, January 24, 2014

The 1930s-style "viper jazz" band swings with rock 'n' roll fury in a live studio session.

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To Preserve 'America's Gift To The World,' A Jazz Elder Becomes A UCLA Professor

Friday, January 24, 2014

When he was studying jazz in the '50s and becoming a revered guitarist, Kenny Burrell vowed to teach the subject one day. Now, decades after his first class, he's never committed more to music education.

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Robert Glasper Experiment: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, January 20, 2014

The pianist builds R&B with old-school values: singers who don't need software, live improvising, hand-built beats. They're jazz aesthetics, essentially — readily evident when members of his Grammy-winning Experiment band jam with singer Marsha Ambrosius.

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Lafayette Gilchrist: An Old Soul, At Ease In A Modern World

Monday, January 20, 2014

On Gilchrist's The View From Here, go-go dance beats inform his piano the same way freight-train boogie-woogie does.

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Hear: Zion80's Jewish Afrobeat Sounds

Friday, January 17, 2014

At first you may not think that two genres like traditional folk songs and the exuberant sounds of Afrobeat would sit well together. But as played by Zion80 -- a sprawling 15-piece band led by Jon Madof -- they really do. Hear the band perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Jazz Singer Diane Schuur on Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz

Friday, January 17, 2014

Grammy Award-winning Jazz vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur talks about her forthcoming CD “I Remember You: With Love to Stan and Frank,” a tribute to her two most important mentors: Stan Getz (who discovered her at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1979) and Frank Sinatra, whose artwork hangs prominently in her Palm Springs home. She also discusses her performance at Birdland January 13-18.

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Marian McPartland's Hickory House Trio On Piano Jazz

Friday, January 17, 2014

In the 1950s, New York's Hickory House was known for its sizzling steaks and a swinging jazz trio led by a young female pianist with a British accent and a God-given touch. McPartland, along with bassist Joe Morello and drummer Bill Crow, held court at the Hickory House for more than a decade.

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A Super Bowl Halftime History Lesson; Guitarist Jim Campilongo Plays Live

Thursday, January 16, 2014

In this episode: Before the Super Bowl comes to New Jersey in a couple of weeks, Soundcheck looks back at the history of the Super Bowl halftime show with Ricky Kirshner, the executive producer of this year's halftime show featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Then, Grantland’s Amos Barshad walks us down memory lane about how the Super Bowl halftime show went from being a marching band showcase to an Up With People bonanza to a full-on, no-expenses-spared pop concert -- with the occasional controversy thrown in for good measure.

Plus: The well-traveled New York guitarist Jim Campilongo and his trio perform in the Soundcheck studio, including one song from his new album, Dream Dictionary.

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