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Linda Oh: On Mingus, Remixes, and '90s Rock

Monday, July 09, 2012

DownBeat Magazine "Rising Star" bassist Linda Oh joins us to talk about transitioning from playing Tool and Metallica covers to her own jazz compositions - and she divulges some of her bass idols, including one "Mr. M." Plus, she and her quartet play some of her latest album, "Initial Here," live in our studio.

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Gig Alert: Omer Avital

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

The Israeli bassist Omer Avital brings his jazz-world fusion to Small's on Tuesday night. Download "Free Forever" from his newest effort, Suite of the East.

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Gig Alert: Ibrahim Maalouf

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Lebanese jazz trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf performs at Drom on Thursday night. Download his song, "Will Soon Be A Woman."

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Roaring 1920s Jazz Party Takes Over Governors Island

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Governors Island is taking a trip back to the 1920s this weekend -- for an outdoor Jazz Age-era party. From flappers to tappers, guests are expected to don their best period costumes for dancing and dining.

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Gig Alert: Chris Parrello

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

East Village jazz guitarist-composer Chris Parrello performs at Pete's Candy Store on Wednesday night. Download his band's new song, "Broken Windows."

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Gig Alert: Rachel Brotman

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Manhattan-born singer-songwriter Rachel Brotman performs at The Living Room on Tuesday night. Download her song "Ways and Means."

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Ralph Berton: The Man Behind Radio's First Serious Jazz Music Program

Friday, June 01, 2012

From 1940 to 1942 Ralph Berton hosted WNYC's daily foray into jazz called Metropolitan Review, dedicated to "the finest in recorded hot jazz." The program was radio's first serious jazz music show on the air. 

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Gig Alert: John Yao

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jazz trombonist John Yao and his trio perform at the Brooklyn Lyceum on Wednesday night. Download the title song from his new album, "In The Now."

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Gig Alert: Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra

Monday, May 28, 2012

The jazz nine-piece plays each Monday night at The Stone through the end of June. Download the ensemble's song "Sly Notions."

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Gig Alert: Randy Weston

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Jazz piano great Randy Weston is one of the jazz, blues and rock luminaries performing at the Apollo Theater on Thursday night in a benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America. Download his song "Fly Hi."

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Gig Alert: Medeski Martin & Wood

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood plays the Brooklyn Masonic Temple as part of the Undead Festival on Thursday night. Download the group's song "Amber Gris."

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Gig Alert: The Bad Plus

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Jazz trio The Bad Plus continues its week-long residency at the Blue Note on Wednesday night. Download the group's tune "Beryl Love To Dance."

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Johnny Colon Does the Boogaloo

Monday, April 23, 2012

In the 1960s and ‘70s, Latin boogaloo arose from the jazz, soul and R&B traditions around New York. Spanish Harlem native Johnny Colon was part of the boogaloo wave and helped define the iconic sound with hits like like “Boogaloo Blues." Today, the bandleader, pianist and educator joins us for a look at boogaloo's past and present.

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WNYC News

Niche Market | Woodwinds and Brass

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market will take a peek inside a different specialty store and showcase the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity. Slideshow below.

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Gig Alert: Jason Kao Hwang/EDGE

Monday, April 16, 2012

Jazz quartet Jason Kao Hwang and his quartet, EDGE, perform at the Clemente Soto Velez on Monday night. Download the outfit's dazzling piece "Elemental Determination."

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Stephane Wrembel: In Studio

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

French-born gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel has come a long way from the Roma campsites where he honed his skills. Earlier this year, he performed his original theme to the hit Woody Allen film “Midnight in Paris” at the Academy Awards. The now New Jersey-based guitarist joins us with his band to play songs from his upcoming album, called “Origins.”

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bill Evans

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sax player Bill Evans talks about his new album, “Dragonfly,” and about performing at the Blue Note April 10-14, which will include special guest appearances by players of Evans' pedigree: namely Mike Mainieri on vibes, John Medeski on keyboards and fusion legend trumpeter Randy Brecker. “Dragonfly” is his 19th solo album and third with his Soulgrass band, and it features a fiery ensemble that fuses Evans' lineage with American blues, bluegrass, and progressive jazz.

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Gig Alert: Vijay Iyer Trio

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Noted jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and his trio begin a five-night residency at Birdland on Tuesday night. Download the title song from the outfit's new album Accelerando.

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Vijay Iyer Trio: In Studio

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Indian-American jazz pianist Vijay Iyer earned widespread acclaim for his 2009 album, “Historicity.” Now, the Ph.D. advances his forward-thinking jazz with an album called “Accelerando” – which moves through a blend of original compositions and those borrowed from the likes of Duke Ellington and even Michael Jackson. Iyer and his trio play live.

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Gig Alert: Craig Taborn Trio

Friday, April 06, 2012

Keyboardist and composer Craig Taborn performs with his trio at the Village Vanguard this weekend. Download "Avenging Angel," the title song from Taborn's first unaccompanied solo album. 

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