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Paul Shaffer On Piano Jazz

Friday, January 09, 2015

On this episode of Piano Jazz from 1988, David Letterman's bandleader plays the standard "All The Things You Are" and teams up with host Marian McPartland for "Isn't She Lovely."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jazz Innovator Marcus Roberts Plays Live

Friday, January 09, 2015

The prolific jazz pianist plays songs from his new album, “Romance, Swing and The Blues,” live in studio.

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WNYC News

5 Locally Grown Projects At Winter Jazzfest 2015

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The 11th annual music marathon now features artists from around the world, but its main attraction is still the chance to hear new ideas from New York's top improvisers.

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Remembering Marian McPartland: A Celebration

Thursday, January 08, 2015

In a live tribute at the 92nd Street Y in New York, the late pianist and host of NPR's Piano Jazz is saluted by a diverse cast of musical friends on the date of what would have been her 96th birthday.

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Gig Alert: Brian Charette

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Hammond B-3 maestro plays funk, jazz, and more at 55 Bar tonight. Here's "The Kicker." 

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Mimi Fox On Piano Jazz

Friday, January 02, 2015

The guitarist plays an original and then tears it up on a Cole Porter tune with Marian McPartland and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi.

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Live In Los Angeles

Thursday, January 01, 2015

With its newest album, the swing revivalists honor a clear pioneer to their dance-friendly approach: Bandleader Cab Calloway. Lead singer Scotty Morris leads the band from Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Wynton Marsalis Group: Live In Concert

Thursday, January 01, 2015

By necessity, the early jazz pioneers knew how to make music for revelers. So it made sense that Marsalis put the tunes of Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver on the bill for this New Year's Eve bash.

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Dee Alexander's Funkin' With Electric Soul: Live In Chicago

Thursday, January 01, 2015

An impromptu bongo beat became a full-on tribute to James Brown, and suddenly a band had a new repertoire. A powerful and versatile vocalist, Alexander and her ensemble honor the Godfather of Soul.

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Toast Of The Nation: Winter Jazzfest 2014

Thursday, January 01, 2015

For one weekend each January, the epicenter of the New York jazz community is a marathon two-night downtown festival. Hear from Donald Harrison, Gretchen Parlato, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and more.

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Jon Batiste And Stay Human: Newport Jazz 2014

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Following a high-energy main stage set — filled with turbocharged versions of standards, rags and his own party anthems — the young pianist and singer brought his band out into the audience.

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The Year's Biggest Authors on Their Favorite Music

Thursday, January 01, 2015

B.J. Novak, David Mitchell, Emma Straub, Marlon James and other authors responsible for 2014's best books hand-pick their favorite songs.

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Fishko Files

Jazz Masters

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Each year the National Endowment for the Arts awards distinguished jazz musicians with the Jazz Master Award. 

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All Things Considered

Ahmad Jamal, 'A Musical Architect Of The Highest Order,' Keeps On Building

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

At 84, the acclaimed jazz pianist is still recording and touring. Among his many achievements is one that often eludes even the most beloved jazz artists: mainstream popularity.

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Live From Detroit

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Violinist Regina Carter and bassist Rodney Whitaker take special delight in performing at their hometown jazz festival, guiding us through the city's jazz scene through their eyes and ears.

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KEXP Presents: ADHD

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Icelandic jazz-rock quartet performs at the Hafnarfjörður Free Church in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland.

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All Things Considered

John McNeil, A Trumpeter Robbed Of His Breath, Blows Again

Saturday, December 27, 2014

McNeil suffered from a neural disorder that prevented him from performing for decades at a time. But thanks to a medical study, he's regained enough coordination to form a new band, called Hush Point.

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Buddy DeFranco: The Clarinetist Who Swung To Bebop

Friday, December 26, 2014

A brilliant jazz improviser who toured with Count Basie and Billie Holiday, DeFranco devised many new paths for his instrument as small-group bebop overtook the big bands of the Swing Era.

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Gig Alert: Eri Yamamoto

Friday, December 26, 2014

Eri Yamamoto performs at the Cornelia Street Cafe this Sunday.

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Herb Alpert: 'What's Beautiful About Music Is It's Personal'

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Soundcheck's John Schaefer settles into a booth at P.J. Clarke's with the record executive, bandleader and sculptor to talk about a lifetime of hits... and more hits.

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