Patrick Jarenwattananon

Patrick Jarenwattananon appears in the following:

Highlights From The Detroit Jazz Festival

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In the late 1960s, saxophonist Wayne Shorter wrote a number of large ensemble works for his employer at the time, trumpeter Miles Davis. They were never recorded, and eventually forgotten. Decades later, Shorter, now considered one of jazz's greatest composers, dug up the music and handed it over to trumpeter ...

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The Fastest Fingers At The Festival, For Django Reinhardt

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Every year for the last decade and a half, select groups of hot swing musicians have come from Europe to tour the U.S. The exact lineups change, but they all feature masters of the "gypsy jazz" — or jazz manouche — style pioneered by guitarist Django Reinhardt. In fact, ...

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Jazz At Lincoln Center Opening Night

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Building on the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's recent trip to Cuba, managing and artistic director Wynton Marsalis presents his newest large-scale work: Ochas, a suite for big band and Afro-Cuban percussion. He calls upon young superstar Pedrito Martinez, who brought along a trio of fellow hand percussionists, to execute ...

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How To Experience Jazz Night In America

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Perhaps you've heard of this new public media initiative created by NPR Music, WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center. It's called Jazz Night In America, and we're going to feature great performances and the stories behind them.

You may be wondering what exactly Jazz Night In America ...

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Miguel Zenón's 'Identities Are Changeable'

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Miguel Zenón possesses rare talent, both for the level of his alto saxophone virtuosity and the ability to make complex compositions immediate and accessible. But he's but one of many who moved to New York City to pursue jazz. And he's one of over one million New-York-area residents of Puerto ...

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Very Very Threadgill

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The saxophonist and composer Henry Threadgill, 70, has long been an standard-bearer for boundary-crossing music. In his wildly creative work, inspirations as disparate as rags, calypso and funk transmogrify into unique frameworks for improvisation. Pianist Jason Moran is one of his loyal fans — Threadgill is his favorite composer, he ...

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Johnny O'Neal: Live at Mezzrow

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Pianist and singer Johnny O'Neal never learned to read music, but didn't really need to: He was one of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and even convincingly imitated the fast-fingered Art Tatum in the biopic Ray. Now, after decades off the scene — and with his health under control — he's ...

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What Is Jazz Night In America?

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Along with NPR Music's partners at WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center, we're proud to announce a new public media initiative: Jazz Night In America. You can check it out on your local public radio station, as well as online at npr.org/jazznight.

Jazz Night In America is many ...

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Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Even if you've never been to a jazz concert in your life, it's likely that you've heard Ryan Keberle play trombone. He's toured with Sufjan Stevens, backed up pop stars like Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake, recorded for a Woody Allen film, played in Broadway pits and directed ...

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Q&A: Plumbing The Mysteries Of The Teenage Brain

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Do you remember the summer when you first fell in love? The songs that were playing on the radio, butterflies in the stomach, the excitement of a stolen kiss? The tendency of our brains to especially hold onto memories from the teenage years is called the "reminiscence bump."

It's one ...

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Steve Coleman, Saxophonist And Innovative Composer, Named MacArthur Fellow

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Composer and alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, 57, has been named one of 21 new recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, commonly referred to as the "genius grant." The award is worth a unrestricted stipend of $625,000 over five years, as dispensed by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur ...

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First Listen: Jason Moran, 'All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller'

Sunday, September 07, 2014

For his latest act, Jason Moran, one of the biggest public figures in jazz today, has recorded a tribute to fellow pianist and composer Thomas "Fats" Waller — who died more than three decades before Moran was born.

Why Fats Waller? He lived all of his ...

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Remembering Jazz Violinist John Blake Jr.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

For decades, John Blake Jr. created a rare role for the violin within the jazz of his eras. A versatile player, he worked memorably with Archie Shepp, Grover Washington Jr., and McCoy Tyner. He released several solo recordings. He taught in conservatories and mentored many outside the classroom.

Blake died ...

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Drum Fill Friday, With Guest Host Matt Wilson

Friday, August 15, 2014

Drummer and bandleader Matt Wilson is one of jazz's most sought-after players; he's recorded on over 250 albums, not including those of his own three current bands. He's one of the music's great optimists as well, whose energy and good humor (on or off the drum stool) serves him well ...

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Chorale For Horns And iPad App, In The Pouring Rain

Thursday, August 14, 2014

We had hoped to get the great drummer Brian Blade to give us a little private exhibition after his set at the Newport Jazz Festival this year. The weather, however, was proving much less generous than he and his band were. Early that morning, a steady all-day rain settled ...

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Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors With David Sanchez: Newport Jazz 2014

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Boston's Berklee College of Music was already one of the premier conservatories for jazz when it launched a new program designed to push a select group of students beyond the classroom. The Berklee Global Jazz Institute assembles a small international ensemble to create works on the bandstand and explore connections ...

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Gregory Porter: Newport Jazz 2014

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The commanding singer Gregory Porter likes a good aqueous metaphor. He named his first album Water and led off with the title track. Then he called his latest album Liquid Spirit, which he released following last year's ecstatic Newport show. (He sang that title track, too, with its ...

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Newport Jazz 2014 In Photos

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The Newport Jazz Festival turned 60 this year, and expanded to three days to celebrate. Throughout last weekend, more than 45 bands performed at Fort Adams State Park in coastal Rhode Island, playing through abundant sunshine, pouring rain and anything in between.

Our photographer Adam Kissick spent long ...

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5 Acts Not To Miss At Newport Jazz 2014

Friday, August 01, 2014

The Newport Jazz Festival turns 60 this year, and NPR Music will be there for the anniversary celebration. Along with our partners at WBGO, we'll be there to grab special videos, take photos and record performances for archival listening next week. Look for sets and highlights starting next week at ...

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Rhythm Runs In The Family: Drummers On Their Dads

Saturday, June 14, 2014

When you read enough about the early lives of jazz musicians, you begin to spot a trend. A lot of artists caught the music bug from their parents.

With instruments and musicians around the house, it's easy for kids to grow curious about playing. But that's not nearly the whole ...

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