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Nicole Mitchell And Ice Crystal On JazzSet

Thursday, October 31, 2013

In Nicole Mitchell's words, "The flute and vibes coming together gives us the visual for Ice Crystal." Hear the adventurous musician and composer play the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival with her quartet.

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Song Premiere: Ben Allison, 'D.A.V.E. (Digital Awareness Vector Emulator)'

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hear "D.A.V.E. (Digital Awareness Vector Emulator)," a new track from bassist Ben Allison's upcoming sci-fi-influenced album The Stars Look Very Different Today.

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Gig Alert: Gregory Generet

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The jazz vocalist Gregory Generet performs at Smoke Jazz Club Thursday. Download "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face."

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Terry Teachout On Ellington; Bryce Dessner; Speedy Ortiz Plays Live

Friday, October 18, 2013

In this episode: Duke Ellington is one of the towering figures in American music, but there's more to his story than hits like "Take The A Train." Cultural critic and writer Terry Teachout discusses his new comprehensive biography about the iconic jazz composer and bandleader.

Then, Bryce Dessner, one of the twin guitarists in The National, is also a classically trained composer, who has now written a number of string quartet pieces for the renowned Kronos Quartet. 

And the Northhampton, Mass. noise pop band Speedy Ortiz performs songs from its debut record Major Arcana, and a brand new, still untitled song in the Soundcheck studio.

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Chris Lightcap's 'Lost And Found New York' On JazzSet

Thursday, October 17, 2013

From Little Italy in the Bronx to the Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village to the gardens in Fort Tryon Park, the rhythm of the city drives a suite by Chris Lightcap and his band Bigmouth. Here, they perform at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, Calif.

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Gig Alert: Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks

Monday, October 14, 2013

The jazz band Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks performs at Iguana NYC Monday. Download "There'll Be Some Changes Made."

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Billie Holiday's Story and Music Hits Broadway in Lady Day

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Billie Holiday’s voice and image are icons of 20th century America and the jazz world. Now her story comes to the stage in the musical biography Lady Day at the Little Shubert Theater.

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Gig Alert: New West Guitar Group

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The jazz trio New West Guitar Group performs at Spike Hill Tuesday. Download "Every Big City."

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Kneebody: Gritty Jazz Meets Electronica

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Hear the genre-blending quintet play songs off its new album, The Line, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Terri Lyne Carrington On JazzSet

Thursday, September 26, 2013

JazzSet is in Boston for Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, a release concert for the album created by Carrington, professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music. It's a trio album with ensemble touches, and in this concert from Berklee Performance Center, Carrington's students are in the mix.

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Jeremy Denk And Vijay Iyer On Receiving MacArthur Foundation 'Genius Grants'

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and classical pianist Jeremy Denk are among this year's recipients of the 24 MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."

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Gary Burton on 50 Years in Jazz

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Seven-time Grammy award winner Gary Burton talks about his 50 years in the jazz scene. He made his first recordings at age 17, has toured and recorded with a long list of famous jazz greats, and is one of only a few openly gay musicians in jazz. His autobiography Learning to Listen is one of the most personal and insightful jazz books ever written. Gary Burton is performing at the Blue Note through Sunday, September 22. More information and tickets here.

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Guest Picks: Gary Burton

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Grammy Award-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton talks about his remarkable career, playing with a who's who of jazz -- and developing his trademark 4-mallet technique. He also told us what he's listening to these days!

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Gregory Porter On JazzSet

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Czech Republic capital of Prague is home to the annual Strings of Autumn International Music Festival where, in October 2012, soulful jazz singer Gregory Porter brought down the house. Applause between songs ran for a minute or longer.

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Madonna Week: Madonna's Movie Roles; Weird Al Yankovic; James McBride On 'The Good Lord Bird'

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

In this episode: Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, of the The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast, look back at Madonna’s career on the silver screen. 

Plus: Songwriter and pop parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic talks about his latest work, a children's book called My New Teacher and Me!

And: Jazz musician and best-selling novelist James McBride discusses his new book The Good Lord Bird and brings his band in for a live performance. 

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    Stanley Jordan: A Guitarist With A 'Magic Touch'

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

    Hear Stanley Jordan perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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    The Greyboy Allstars On World Cafe

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    These acid jazz veterans visit with David Dye and perform three songs from their new album, Inland Emperor.

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    They Drive At 55: The Monterey Jazz Anniversary Tour

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    The Monterey Jazz Festival is celebrating 55 years of swinging with a coastal California vibe. An all-star sextet is crossing the country, advancing the festival's mission: to create and support jazz education and performance programs. JazzSet has highlights from the Kennedy Center.

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    Guest Picks: Geoffrey Keezer

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Jazz pianist and composer Geoffrey Keezer performed live on the Leonard Lopate Show recently. He also told us what he's been listening to lately -- and it's a lot! Find out what's on his iPod...

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    'Singing Just To Me': Gregory Porter On Musical Inheritance

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    The jazz artist, who turned to singing when an injury ended his football career, claims three people as his main influences: his minister mother, his absentee father, and Nat King Cole. He discusses his musical life and the new album Liquid Spirit with NPR's Audie Cornish.

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