Patrick Jarenwattananon

Patrick Jarenwattananon appears in the following:

Wynton Marsalis Group: Live In Concert

Thursday, January 01, 2015

By necessity, the early jazz pioneers knew how to make music for revelers. So it made sense that the tunes of Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver were on the bill for the New Year's Eve bash of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Morton was an accomplished arranger, Oliver a virtuoso ...

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Dee Alexander's Funkin' With Electric Soul: Live In Chicago

Thursday, January 01, 2015

It started as a bongo beat — a nod to James Brown, just after his death in late 2006. Then came a few signature riffs. And an ecstatic response from the crowd. Before long, the Godfather of Soul was permanently embedded in the Evolution Ensemble's repertoire. For leader Dee Alexander, ...

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Jon Batiste And Stay Human: Newport Jazz 2014

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Jon Batiste has a way with exits, as musicians from New Orleans tend to. Days before his day-ending set at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival, the pianist and singer walked out of The Colbert Report's theater with a studio audience and a dancing Stephen Colbert in tow. And following ...

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Highlights From Winter Jazzfest 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

In the dead of January in the Northeast, New York City's Winter Jazzfest manages a minor miracle. Over the course of two marathon nights, it brings crowds in the thousands out to jam-packed theaters and clubs to see dozens of varied and sundry bands.

On the eve of Winter Jazzfest ...

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A Jazz Piano Christmas 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Every year, NPR Music invites a handful of the world's top keyboard players to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. We ask them to play some of their favorite holiday music for the audience — solo — and the recording becomes the public radio special A Jazz ...

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Ellis Marsalis' 80th Birthday Concert

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ellis Marsalis is a father figure of modern jazz — in quite a few ways. As a pianist, he was among the first generation of musicians to bring bebop to New Orleans, and even worked with Ornette Coleman before the saxophonist recorded his landmarks of free jazz. As an educator, ...

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Revive Big Band At Berklee

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What would it sound like if someone bridged the gap between big band jazz and classic hip-hop anthems? Between Oliver Nelson and A Tribe Called Quest; between Freddie Hubbard and J. Dilla? One answer is offered by producer/emcee Brian "Raydar" Ellis and trumpeter Igmar Thomas. Between originals, standard jazz repertoire ...

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Jon Batiste Leads A Private Street Parade Atop A Fort

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Jon Batiste is from New Orleans, where a street parade might assemble around the corner on any given day. Evidently, he likes a good walkabout: He's liable to lead his band at a guerrilla concert in the New York City subway, or out of a venue, or — as he ...

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What Is A Polyrhythm? Beats Taking Turns

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

People in jazz circles often talk about complexity, and often as an accusation. That guy's music is too complex! It's too far removed from the blues! It sounds like math! Bah!

If you went under the hood, you could probably level some of those charges at alto saxophonist Miguel ...

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The Funky Tune That Was Too Big For Miles Davis

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

When Miles Davis returned to performing in the early 1980s, he asked his former bandmate and master composer, Wayne Shorter, to write something for him. What came out was a large ensemble work too unwieldy for Davis, and Shorter put it back on his shelf. "I asked him ...

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Blue Note At 75: The Concert

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The iconic jazz record label Blue Note Records reached its 75th anniversary this year, and celebrated with an all-star concert featuring artists from its rich history and bright present. Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Lou Donaldson, and Bobby Hutcherson, whose Blue Note LPs defined a generation of jazz, were on hand; ...

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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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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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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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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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