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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

In Studio with The Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Last week, The Donald Sinta Quartet drove 11 hours from Ann Arbor, Mich., to perform in the Young Artists Showcase studio.

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New Sounds

Moody Works for Trumpet or Sax

Friday, June 20, 2014

Listen to an hour of moody nocturnal works that grow out of the jazz tradition on this New Sounds.  Hear music based on a silent film score, “Wind” by Ibrahim Maalouf, an American trumpeter who plays a quarter-tone trumpet.  Then there’s also music from a collaborative record by Afro-Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and the Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu.  Plus, listen to music by Wadada Leo Smith about the struggle for civil rights from a 4 CD set, “Ten Freedom Summers.” And more.

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Soundcheck

Terry Teachout on Duke Ellington; Author Amy Tan Picks Three; Matana Roberts Plays Live

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

In this episode: Duke Ellington is one of the towering figures in American music, but there's more to his story than hits like "Take The A Train." Cultural critic and writer Terry Teachout discusses his comprehensive biography about the iconic jazz composer and bandleader.

Plus: Amy Tan is best known for her literary achievements with books The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife. But the acclaimed author has a musical side as well: she's written an opera libretto and performs as "lead rhythm dominatrix" in the literary garage band The Rock Bottom Remainders. In an interview with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Tan talks about her latest book, The Valley Of Amazement, and about the family-related obsession that inspired her to delve into the world of Shanghai courtesans in the early 1900s. Plus, she shares three of her favorite songs.

And: Matana Roberts grew up in Chicago hearing stories about her family, from its roots in Louisiana and Mississippi, to the Great Migration north early in the 20th century. These stories and her love of history have become the basis for her recent works for sextet, the ambitious COIN COIN project. Hear Roberts play accompanied by a slightly smaller quartet live in the Soundcheck studio.

 

This is an encore episode of Soundcheck.


Soundcheck

Roy Nathanson: The Idiosyncratic Saxophonist Gets 'Complicated'

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Hear the jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader perform with his band in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Colin Stetson

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

WNYC

The inventive saxophonist Colin Stetson plays Le Poisson Rouge Wednesday. Download “High Above A Grey Green Sea”

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Soundcheck

Colin Stetson Ends 'Warfare'

Monday, May 06, 2013

Hear the inventive saxophonist perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Sounds

Moody Works for Trumpet or Sax

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Listen to an hour of moody nocturnal works that grow out of the jazz tradition on this New Sounds.  Hear music based on a silent film score, “Wind” by Ibrahim Maalouf, an American trumpeter who plays a quarter-tone trumpet.  Then there’s also music from a collaborative record by Afro-Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and the Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu.  Plus, listen to music by Wadada Leo Smith about the struggle for civil rights from a 4 CD set, “Ten Freedom Summers.” And more. 

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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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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: John Ellis

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Brooklyn-based saxophonist John Ellis brings the sounds of New Orleans to the Jazz Standard on Tuesday. Download "Lonnie" here.

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The Takeaway

Remembering Clarence Clemons and Sax in Pop Music

Monday, June 20, 2011

Saxophone legend Clarence "Big Man" Clemons passed away over the weekend, following complications of a stroke he suffered last week. For almost 40 years, Clemons was the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band. With his passing, not only did we lose a legend, but also one of the last sax players in pop music. How many songs in recent memory have you heard on top 40 radio featuring a saxophone? David Hinckley, from the New York Daily News, joins us to talk about Clemons's legacy and the role of the sax (or lack thereof) in current pop music.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: The Joy of Sax

Thursday, May 19, 2011

On Thursday at noon, Jeffery Ernstoff gives a performance and lecture about the history of the saxophone. Download his "Sax 5th Avenue" here.

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Albums of the Week

Solo Works for Flute and Saxophone

Saturday, November 13, 2010

New recordings by flutist Robert Langevin and saxophonist Theodore Kerkezos show how their respective instruments were favored by French composers during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Weigh in and get a free download.

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Soundcheck

The Sax In Rock Music

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Somebody seems embarrassed by the sax appearing in rock music...

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Studio 360

The Strange Boys Shake Up A Classic Sound

Monday, September 20, 2010

In 1966, when Britain's The Troggs hit it big with their classic tune 'Wild Thing,' the members of the Austin-based garage rock bandThe Strange Boys had yet to be born. Thanks to the lasting power of records and a strong Texas scene, the group is now poised to inherit garage rock's musical legacy.

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New Sounds

Electric Guitar-Informed Music

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

For this New Sounds, hear some music by electric guitarists (and multi-instrumentalist MacArthur Genius John Zorn ) for other instruments…like saxophone quartet!  The Swiss sax ensemble ARTE Quartett plays music by John Zorn from their brilliant record, Different Worlds, which also includes music by Terry Riley, Lebanese composer Rabih Abou-Khalil, and arrangements of Swiss folk songs.  

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New Sounds

Anthropofagia = Musical Cannabalism

Monday, May 31, 2010

From percussionist Cyro Baptista, isten to "Banquet of the Spirits," an entire smorgasbord of music and culture, not unlike New York City (or New Sounds, for that matter.)  

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Studio 360

360 Staff Pick: Henry Threadgill

Monday, January 04, 2010

It's a great day for jazz: Henry Threadgill's first major release since 2001.  Saxophonist, composer, bandleader Threadgill is one of the most important and underknown figures in American music.  He made his mark in the 1970s with the trio Air, arranging and improvising on Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton songs; unlike many modernists, Threadgill never lost that sense of connection to jazz's earthy, vernacular roots.  His dense, knotty, polyrhythmic music may tease your brain, but you'll feel it in the gut – from his Zooid quintet, he builds a visceral propulsion like a symphony.  If you're hip to Coltrane or the late Miles, you should acquaint yourself with this living master.

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Studio 360

Joshua Redman

Friday, August 03, 2007

Saxophonist Joshua Redman is jazz royalty -- his father was the great saxophonist Dewey Redman. But Joshua is no slouch. 16 years ago, when he was just 22 and fresh out of Harvard, Pat Metheny called him “the most important new musician in 20 years.” Josh’s new ...

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