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Cedar Walton And Marian McPartland: Two Piano Legends, Lives Long Intertwined

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Two luminaries in jazz died this week: Cedar Walton and Piano Jazz host Marian McPartland. Both pianists had long, fruitful and intertwining lives.

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'Beauty' On Orrin Evans' Block

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Evans can be a heavy hitter at the keyboard, but on his new album, he reins himself in a bit.

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Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

As the host of a weekly public radio program pairing conversation and duet performances, McPartland brought many jazz greats to an audience of millions. For more than 40 years, she offered an intimate perspective on the elusive topic of improvisation.

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From Cuba To America, Arturo Sandoval Is An Ambassador For Jazz

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Later this year, the jazz legend will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sandoval talks with guest host Celeste Headlee about his start as a trumpet player in Cuba, his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie and how American citizenship influenced his music.

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'Looking For The Next One' Reveals An Underappreciated Sax Trio

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A new double set of unreleased S.O.S. tunes, Looking for the Next One on the Cuneiform label, was recorded in concert and in the studio in the mid-1970s. John Surman, Mike Osborne and Alan Skidmore could sound timeless, of and ahead of their time.

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Christian McBride: Finding A New Groove With New Trio

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hear the versatile bassist Christian McBride perform with his new trio in the Soundcheck studio.

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Players On Players With Erin McKeown And Domonique Foxworth; Christian McBride Trio Live; Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

In this episode: Soundcheck's Players On Players continues with songwriter Erin McKeown and Domonique Foxworth, a former Baltimore Raven, current president of the NFL Players Association, and future student at Harvard Business School.

Plus, the acclaimed and well-traveled jazz bassist (and occasional Soundcheck guest host) Christian McBride performs in the Soundcheck studio with his new trio comprised of two young guns of jazz, pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.

And producer Gretta Cohn talks with Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd about his new solo record, which you can stream all this week in our Check Ahead.

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Albert Murray, Writer And Co-Founder Of Jazz At Lincoln Center, Dies

Monday, August 19, 2013

Duke Ellington once described the influential writer and critic who helped found Jazz at Lincoln Center as the "unsquarest person I know."

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Jazz Piano Giant Cedar Walton Dies At 79

Monday, August 19, 2013

The bluesy, commanding improviser rose to eminence in the '50s and '60s with bands like Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, where he played a starring role and established himself as a deft small-group composer. Walton continued to perform and record his entire life.

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Lee Konitz On Piano Jazz

Friday, August 16, 2013

The alto saxophonist stops by to present a master class in improvisation on the standards.

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Sean Jones, Jeff 'Tain' Watts On JazzSet

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The trumpeter and the drummer each bring high-energy bands to the Detroit Jazz Festival.

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New Hot Jazz Is Warming Up

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Lately young jazz musicians have taken a shine to music of the turn of the century -- but not this century. They're looking back to the turn of the last century, and giving it a modern twist. Will Friedwald recently wrote about this so-called "new hot jazz" for Vanity Fair in an article called "How a Swath of 20-Somethings Have Tuned In to 1920s Pop." He joins us to discuss. Plus, we hear from one of the musicians who has been tuning into that 1920s pop and making it her own: Elizabeth Bougerol of The Hot Sardines.

The first full-scale New York Hot Jazz Festival is on August 25 at Mehanata, on the Lower East Side – The Hot Sardines will play.

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Woody Shaw: The Last Great Trumpet Innovator

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The jazz trumpeter who made his first recordings 50 years ago this summer might be his instrument's least appreciated giant. Perhaps the trumpeter of the 1970s, Shaw was an icon for the generation that followed, as well as an innovator on his horn.

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The Roaring 20-Somethings; Chris Thile Plays Bach On Mandolin; Remixing Country Music

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In this episode: We hear about the “New Hot Jazz” movement: young musicians and singers playing the jazz of New Orleans and the 1920s.

Plus: Mandolin player Chris Thile goes back to Bach on his new album. He plays live.

And: There’s a new trend in country music: the remix. We listen to some of the results when traditional country adds a dancefloor beat.

     

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      Marcus Miller, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

      Tuesday, August 13, 2013

      Few musicians today are as versatile as the bassist, keyboardist, bass clarinetist, film composer, producer ... you get the picture. A veteran of Miles Davis' last band, and the ethos of that pan-stylistic music tends to carry over into his own. It headlines day one on the main stage.

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      Donny McCaslin Group, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

      Friday, August 09, 2013

      Should you ever meet Donny McCaslin, you'll encounter an imposingly tall fellow who's one of the nicest guys you'll shake hands with — and who wields a sax like few others. They played a side stage in the morning. The audience didn't know what hit 'em.

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      Jimmy Heath On Piano Jazz

      Friday, August 09, 2013

      Heath joins host Marian McPartland and bassist Rufus Reid for an hour of unforgettable talk and music, including "You've Changed" and Heath's most famous tune, "Gingerbread Boy."

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      Kevin Eubanks On JazzSet

      Friday, August 09, 2013

      At the annual Detroit Jazz Festival on Labor Day 2011, an amphitheater full of Motor City music lovers grooves with the Kevin Eubanks Band — outdoors, free, and in Surround Sound on JazzSet.

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      Dr. Lonnie Smith Still Groovin'; Jose James Mixes Jazz And R&B

      Friday, August 09, 2013

      In this episode, Soundcheck revisits two jazz-leaning segments. The first, an interview with legendary soul jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, who, at 70, recently launched his own label and released a new live album, The Healer

      Then, hear an intimate Greene Space performance from Jose James, a soulful singer who bridges the worlds of R&B and jazz with a silky smooth voice and a lot of swagger.

      Fishko Files

      Five Four Time

      Thursday, August 08, 2013

      Dave Brubeck was all about “time,” the more off-kilter, the better he liked it, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko.  In his honor, Fishko Files’ “Five Four Time."

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