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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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'Ten Freedom Summers' Reflects On The Civil Rights Movement Through Jazz

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith was named this year as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music for Ten Freedom Summers, a sprawling, four-hour-plus piece inspired by the civil rights movement. Smith joins Soundcheck host John Schaefer in our studio to discuss the project he’s spent half his life working on. 

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Penn Badgley Plays Jeff Buckley; John Grant Live; Wadada Leo Smith's 'Ten Freedom Summers'

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

In this episode: Former Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley talks about portraying the late musician Jeff Buckley in the film Greetings From Tim Buckley.

    Plus: Singer-songwriter John Grant talks about his new album, Pale Green Ghosts, and performs some of it for us live in our studio.

      And: Trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith talks about "Ten Freedom Summers," his epic, four-hour jazz piece inspired by moments in the civil rights struggle.

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        Gig Alert: Wadada Leo Smith & Angelica Sanchez

        Friday, April 05, 2013

        Trumpet player Wadada Leo Smith and pianist Angelica Sanchez play Greenwich House Saturday night. Download “Don Cherry's Electric Sonic Garden.”

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        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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        Gig Alert: Wadada Leo Smith

        Thursday, December 15, 2011

        Wadada Leo Smith performs at Roulette on Thursday and Friday nights in honor of his 70th birthday. Download "Mbira," which blends Shona music from Zimbabwe with American and traditional Chinese music, for free here.

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