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Gig Alert: E.J. Strickland Band

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

WNYC

The jazz band led by prolific drummer and composer E.J. Strickland performs at Smoke Jazz and Supper Club. Download "New Beginnings."

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George Duke, Legendary Jazz Keyboardist, Dies

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Duke's career spanned five decades and he always straddled the line between disparate genres, collaborating with artists such as Miles Davis, Barry Manilow and Frank Zappa.

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Boz Scaggs On Piano Jazz

Monday, August 05, 2013

The singer-songwriter and guitarist plays a couple of Gershwin tunes with host Marian McPartland.

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Jon Batiste And Stay Human, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

Monday, August 05, 2013

A 20-something singing pianist of the New Orleans virtuoso tradition, Jon Batiste has a natural entertainer's charisma and chops to match. He met his band in school at Juilliard — and can do "modern jazz" with a metropolitan attitude. And yes, there's a tuba.

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Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

Monday, August 05, 2013

This year actually marks three dozen years since the first incarnation of the group coalesced to resurrect a then-disappearing tradition — and infuse it with both bebop and funk. One of the original new-school New Orleans brass bands ignites dancing in the aisles.

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Jim Hall Trio With Julian Lage, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

Monday, August 05, 2013

One of the finest guitar players in jazz history — who made all those classic records with Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Ron Carter and so on — is still at it at age 82. He's joined by a much younger guitar phenom in a cross-generational confab of guitar heroes.

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The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival In GIFs

Monday, August 05, 2013

See Michel Camilo's stomping Oxfords and Esperanza Spalding's vibrating bass in pixel portraits.

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Wayne Shorter Quartet With Herbie Hancock, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Among the most influential jazz composers of all time, the saxophonist turns 80 this year. He returns to Newport with his crackerjack quartet to celebrate, and his old friend Herbie Hancock also swung through Rhode Island to mark the occasion.

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Robert Glasper Experiment, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

Sunday, August 04, 2013

One gets the sense that the pianist feels completely at ease with his Experiment quartet, running his right hand in circles, cracking jokes and switching directions on the fly. Hear a freewheeling set of vamps and vocoder from the hip-hop hybrid band, with a Herbie Hancock tune followed by a Daft Punk cover.

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Rez Abbasi Trio, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

Sunday, August 04, 2013

The guitarist's electronics-enhanced trio is driven by what its leader calls "textural surprise" — and by the memory of drummer Paul Motian. On stage, that's a point of departure for a sonically diverse set of original compositions — and one Keith Jarrett tune.

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Newport Jazz Festival 2013: Day One In Photos

Sunday, August 04, 2013

See Marcus Miller's Bruce Lee action figure, Wayne Shorter's birthday set and more from Newport.

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Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Take a New-Orleans-style brass band, then shrink it: That's the general principle of how the trombonist's band makes a joyful noise with only four members. With sousaphone and attitude, Anderson and company presents a suite inspired by his hometown of Chicago.

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Amir ElSaffar And Two Rivers, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

Sunday, August 04, 2013

The trumpeter was a jazz and classical rising star when he started studying the hammered dulcimer and the modal music of his Iraqi heritage. His Two Rivers band splits the difference, using microtonal techniques to investigate the blues. It plays from a new commission.

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Ali Amr Experiment, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

Sunday, August 04, 2013

The Berklee College of Music graduate grew up in the Palestinian territories, where music was literally what kept him off the streets. He's translated that into a command of a 72-string instrument called the qanun. Now stateside, he's blended it into in a fluid, jazz-based context.

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Mary Halvorson Quintet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

Sunday, August 04, 2013

A guitarist who sounds like no other, Halvorson can both astound and confound, with craggy phrasing, strange pitch-bends and pedal effects galore. She arrives at Newport as a bandleader, directing a classic instrumentation through several left-hand turns.

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Bill Charlap Trio With Anat Cohen And Bob Wilber, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

Sunday, August 04, 2013

The New York pianist's trio is about as elegant as it gets. It's crashed by a clarinet summit when a veteran reedman straight outta Sidney Bechet arrives, and a young star joins in the fun. It makes for a refreshing hint of traditional jazz, as per Newport tradition.

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Terence Blanchard Quintet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

Sunday, August 04, 2013

As a whole, the trumpeter's high-functioning band reliably serves up sleek modernism in the form of post-bop jazz. It plays from its new album Magnetic, and welcomes a guest turn from guitarist Lionel Loueke, making this band a rare six-man quintet. Herbie Hancock also joins on "Footprints."

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NPR Music Presents The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Relive the festival with sets by Wayne Shorter, Gregory Porter, Mary Halvorson and more.

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From A Jazz Trio, Hypnotic Work That Hardly Sounds Like Jazz

Saturday, August 03, 2013

On the new album Dysnomia, the band Dawn of Midi uses acoustic instruments — drums, bass and piano — to create what often sounds like looping, minimal electronic music.

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What To Expect From The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival Webcast

Friday, August 02, 2013

If you didn't manage to sneak your way onto a yacht bound for coastal Rhode Island — well, we can't help you get to Newport. But NPR Music can bring you live streaming concerts. Here's what's in store, starting with Robert Glasper and ending with Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock.

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