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Studio 360

"Kind of Blue"

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Even people who don’t like jazz know Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue.” What makes it so different — and why does it continue to influence musicians today?

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Studio 360

American Icons: Uncle Tom, John Henry, & “Kind of Blue”

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Three American Icons: John Henry, the man who raced a machine and won (but also lost); Uncle Tom, who went from hero to villain; and “Kind of Blue,” the one jazz album everyone owns.

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The Jonathan Channel

Backstage with The Miles Davis Family

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Get ready to learn about Miles Davis - all those intimate details you've always wanted. Friday at 11AM, take a tour through the music & life of Davis with his nephew & youngest son. 

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The Jonathan Channel

A Conversation with The Miles Davis Estate & A Tribute to Rita Hayworth

Monday, October 06, 2014

There's a lot going on in NYC this week. Our top picks? The Miles Davis Estate at CBGB Music Festival & a tribute to star of the silver screen, Rita Hayworth. That's just the beginning. 

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Soundcheck

'Kind Of Blue' Recreated Note-For-Note

Monday, September 29, 2014

New York-based jazz quartet Mostly Other People Do The Killing have taken apart the 1959 Miles Davis classic and put it back together, note-for-note.

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The Jonathan Channel

Don Cheadle Makes Miles Davis Film a Reality

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

It may be hard to believe, but there has never been a Hollywood film about Miles Davis. Thanks to Don Cheadle, now there will be. Last week, The Jonathan Channel sat down with the Miles Davis family and learned all about the new film, Miles Ahead

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Soundcheck

WNYC At 90: Miles Davis And Stan Getz Play Birdland In 1950

Friday, July 11, 2014

Soundcheck listens back to Miles Davis and Stan Getz's performance at Birdland as part of the American Music Festival in 1950, as part of WNYC's 90th anniversary. 

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Speaking of Music

'A Hard Day's Night' At 50; Puss N Boots Plays Live; Miles Davis On WNYC In 1950

Thursday, July 10, 2014

In this episode: A Hard Day’s Night cemented The Beatles as a cultural as well as musical force; now, to commemorate its 50th anniversary, the groundbreaking 1964 comedy is being re-released nationwide this week. Matt Zoller Seitz -- editor-in-chief at RogerEbert.com and New York Magazine writer reflects on about the film’s importance to the Beatles legend as well as its innovative technique.

Then: Puss n Boots -- the all-star cowboy boot-clad trio comprised of Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and Catherine Popper -- performs music from its debut album, No Fools, No Fun.

And: In 1950, WNYC broadcast Miles Davis playing live at the American Music Festival, live from Birdland. Listen back to the recording from that festival with jazz historian and professor Ashley Kahn – who helps us place this performance within the timeline of Miles Davis’ career.

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New Sounds

Goat Horns, & More

Saturday, January 11, 2014

An array of traditional world music instruments come together on “Ossicles,” a new record by Norwegian tenor saxophonist, goat horn player, and composer Karl Seglem.  Listen to African thumb piano, or mbira, an array of percussion including steel pans and tabla, the Norwegian traditional folk instrument - the hardanger fiddle- and oh yes, the goat horns as part of selections from "Ossicles" on this New Sounds.

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Soundcheck

'Rock And Roll Stories': Four Decades Photographing Music's Biggest Stars

Friday, December 06, 2013

For a long time, Lynn Goldsmith didn’t want to be known as a “rock and roll photographer.” Yet with her new book, Rock And Roll Stories, she’s embraced the label. The collection collects four decades worth of photos and behind-the-scenes tales about music's biggest stars.

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Soundcheck

Omar Sosa Gets 'Kind Of' Blue

Friday, January 25, 2013

Watch pianist Omar Sosa perform live in the studio. Plus, he explains his upcoming 'tribute' album to Miles Davis.

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Soundcheck

Country Music Back In New York; Omar Sosa, 'Kind Of Blue' Vs. 'Bitches Brew'

Friday, January 25, 2013

Pianist Omar Sosa returns to the studio to play songs from his new album, Eggun, which is inspired by one of the greatest jazz albums of all time: Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue. Then, a Soundcheck Smackdown on two classic Miles Davis recordings: Kind Of Blue versus Bitches Brew.

New Sounds

Goat Horns, & More

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

An array of traditional world music instruments come together on “Ossicles,” a new record by Norwegian tenor saxophonist, goat horn player, and composer Karl Seglem.  Listen to African thumb piano, or mbira, an array of percussion including steel pans and tabla, the Norwegian traditional folk instrument - the hardanger fiddle- and oh yes, the goat horns as part of selections from "Ossicles" on this New Sounds.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: A Literary Mix Tape

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Two tales of urgency and change, inspired by music.

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New Sounds

Nightmusic I

Saturday, March 17, 2012

From Mozart to Bartok, there’s a long tradition of music about nighttime.  We’ll hear some contemporary works that suggest the darkness, the stillness, the unsettled dreams and mixed emotions that people associate with the night.  Hear works by John Corigliano, George Crumb, Brian Eno, Raphael Mostel, and others.

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New Sounds

Goat Horns, & More

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

An array of traditional world music instruments come together on “Ossicles,” a new record by Norwegian tenor saxophonist, goat horn player, and composer Karl Seglem.  Listen to African thumb piano, or mbira, an array of percussion including steel pans and tabla, the Norwegian traditional folk instrument - the hardanger fiddle- and oh yes, the goat horns as part of selections from "Ossicles" on this New Sounds. 

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New Sounds

Unusual Small Ensembles

Saturday, November 27, 2010

For this New Sounds, listen to a whole treasure trove of unusual instrument combinations in smallish configurations.  We’ll hear from the Senegalese singer/kora player Ablaye Cissoko and German-born trumpeter Volker Goetze, who collaborated on an exotic and mysterious effort, “Sira,” (translates as Mermaid.)  On it, they demonstrate Cissoko’s immersion in jazz, and Goetze's fascination with African music sometimes in dancey, plucked melodies and soft plaintive horn tranquility. 

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Studio 360

Blue Turns Fifty

Monday, August 17, 2009

Fifty years ago today, Columbia Records released Miles Davis' groundbreaking album Kind of Blue. In a year of amazing jazz releases - among them John Coltrane's Giant Steps and Charles Mingus' Mingus Ah Um - Blue stands out. Fifty years later, it's still the album that hardcore jazz buffs and neophytes can agree is one of the all time greats.

 

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Studio 360

American Icons: Kind of Blue

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Even if you’ve never bought a jazz album in your life, you’ve heard Miles Davis’ masterpiece, Kind of Blue -- at a party, in a movie, or in a restaurant. As part of Studio 360’s award-winning series on American Icons, Ave Carrillo tries to ...

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Studio 360

Mira, Miles, Sticky Fingers

Saturday, October 13, 2007

We cross the oceans and back again. Director Mira Nair talks about making movies between two worlds –- Calcutta and New York. An Austrian designer raves about his favorite album cover of all time. And back home we look at an American classic: Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue -- perhaps the most recognizable, and the best-selling, jazz record ever.

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