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Viking's Choice: Kid Millions & Jim Sauter, 'Game Jump'

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Borbetomagus' Jim Sauter stabs at his feedback-ridden sax while Oneida's Kid Millions enters a manic headspace with hydra-armed drum work. It's improvised mayhem, but it seems to grin from ear to ear.

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Jon Batiste Leads A Private Street Parade Atop A Fort

Thursday, November 06, 2014

O'er the ramparts of 190-year-old Fort Adams, we watched the keyboardist and bandleader urge us to "Believe in Love," accompanied by his Stay Human band, and then saunter away.

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Sax Ed: The NPR Music Saxophone Quiz

Thursday, November 06, 2014

From classical and rock to jazz and world music, the saxophone has invaded many cultures and styles. Try this quiz celebrating the bicentennial of the instrument's inventor, Adolphe Sax.

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Identities Are Changeable

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Miguel Zenón, the prolific saxophonist and composer, interviewed fellow Puerto Ricans living in New York City about their multiple national identities. Then he made a new album about it.

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A Night At The Museum

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Jazz musicians find inspiration in many things. Himalayan art is not typically one of them. But at the Rubin Museum of Art, five top young pianists were all driven by something they saw.

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The Jonathan Channel

5 Reasons We're Hip for Ana Gasteyer

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Comedian Ana Gasteyer is obsessed with the Songbook - we really like that. In celebration of the release of her debut album, I'm Hip, we've compiled our favorite Gasteyer moments.  

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Soundcheck

Noah And The MegaFauna: Dark And Whimsical Swing

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The Los Angeles jazz-infused indie rock band performs in the Soundcheck studio. 

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What Is A Polyrhythm? Beats Taking Turns

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Saxophonist Miguel Zenón likes to stack beats on top of each other. But he doesn't do it for the novelty: As he explains, he's also trying to tell a story about multiple national identities.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Anna Maria Jopek

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Anna Maria Jopek performs tonight at Joe's Pub. Download "Daleko."

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Soundcheck

Interview: Herbie Hancock On A Lifetime Of Musical Possibilites

Monday, November 03, 2014

For more than 50 years, the jazz iconoclast and fusion pioneer has seemingly done it all. He reflects on his life in music, struggles with addiction, and Buddhism in his new memoir.

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Soundcheck

Herbie Hancock On A Lifetime Of Musical Possibilities; Puss N Boots Plays Live

Monday, November 03, 2014

Pianist and jazz iconoclast Herbie Hancock looks back as his celebrated career in music and personal struggles. Norah Jones' band Puss N Boots plays in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Jonathan Channel

Larry Fuller Takes Center Stage

Sunday, November 02, 2014

This week get to know the self-titled release from pianist Larry Fuller. A respected member of the jazz community, Fuller was once a part of Ray Brown's trio & now leads his own. 

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All Things Considered

Reconnecting The Circuit Of Puerto Rican Identity Through Music

Sunday, November 02, 2014

To understand what it means to be Puerto Rican in the U.S., saxophonist Miguel Zenón spoke with friends and fellow musicians who share his split identity — and put their stories into his music.

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The Jonathan Channel

Music 101 with Karrin Allyson

Friday, October 31, 2014

Tune in Friday at 11AM, for a music lesson from Karrin Allyson. The four-time Grammy nominated jazz singer recently joined us in the studio to introduce us to her "vocal heroes." 

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Kenny Drew Jr. On Piano Jazz

Friday, October 31, 2014

In this 1992 session, Drew interprets Thelonious Monk's "In Walked Bud." Then, he and host Marian McPartland collaborate in a performance of "Falling In Love with You."

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Sun Ra Arkestra: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, October 31, 2014

With costumes inspired by Egyptian symbolism and science fiction, the late jazz innovator's band plays an out-of-this-world set in the NPR Music offices on Halloween.

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Soundcheck

'Season Of The Witch' Explores Music And The Occult; How To Be Smarter About... Tour Riders; Maya Beiser Plays Live

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Exploring rock 'n roll's relationship with the occult. How to get smarter about tour riders. Maya Beiser performs in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Funky Tune That Was Too Big For Miles Davis

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Trumpeter Wallace Roney played Davis' understudy for many years. So it was fitting when he resurrected a long-lost orchestral composition that Wayne Shorter wrote for his mentor.

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Blue Note At 75: The Concert

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The iconic record label celebrates its 75 anniversary in concert. Hear from Wayne Shorter and McCoy Tyner, Robert Glasper and Norah Jones in a merger of the company's rich history and bright present.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Herbie Hancock: Mozart, Miles & the Buddha

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jazz legend and now author, Herbie Hancock, talks about his new book, his life and the people who influenced him most.

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