Patrick Jarenwattananon

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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Take 75: Great Solos In Blue Note Records History

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Blue Note Records has been many things over the course of its 75 years: a label responsible for blinding jazz innovations, a home for the titans of hard bop and soul jazz, a place for smart, sly, jazz-inflected pop creations.

One constant running throughout its history is improvisation. Its records ...


Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Wayne Shorter Quartet

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

During the 1960s, Wayne Shorter came to the fore not just for his talent on saxophone, but also for the compositions he created. Whether with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers or with Miles Davis' quintet, or on his own string of solo albums, Shorter's harmonic conception, sense of space and bending ...


Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Norah Jones

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Norah Jones fans likely remember Come Away With Me — the 2002 recording which introduced her smoke-infused twang to the world. That album, like all of hers since, came out on Blue Note Records, merging her voice with those of major jazz artists of yesterday and the present. During ...


Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Lou Donaldson & Dr. Lonnie Smith

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

In a stretch of Blue Note albums throughout the 1950s, '60s and even early '70s, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson, now 87, emblematized the hard bop and soul jazz that we now consider "straight-ahead." The old dog has resisted certain new tricks in music — "no fusion, no confusion" is his ...


Blue Note At 75, The Concert: McCoy Tyner & Bobby Hutcherson

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Pianist McCoy Tyner and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson first connected on record in 1966, on Hutcherson's album Stick-Up! They must have realized they were musically simpatico — they've continued to work together for nearly five decades now. At the Blue Note at 75 concert, they didn't say a word, ...


Act Like You Know: Sun Ra

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Records show that 100 years ago today, a boy named Herman Poole Blount was born in Birmingham, Ala. Between that moment and his passing in 1993, the man nicknamed "Sonny" developed huge musical talent, synthesized an all-encompassing Afro-futurist worldview and grew into the name Le Sony'r Ra — Sun Ra ...


Blue Note At 75, The Concert

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The iconic jazz label Blue Note Records turns 75 this year, and it's celebrating in Washington, D.C. As the capstone to a week of performances, film screenings and discussions, Blue Note artists gather in the 2,465-seat Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts ...


The 2014 Jazz At Lincoln Center Gala Concert

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Tonight's concert has concluded.

Jazz at Lincoln Center presents its annual gala concert, featuring an all-star lineup including host Billy Crystal and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra directed by Wynton Marsalis.

The theme for 2014 is Love, Loss and Laughter: The Story of Jazz, depicting a tour through jazz ...


Doctors Think The Other Guy Often Prescribes Unnecessary Care

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Three out of four physicians believe that fellow doctors prescribe an unnecessary test or procedure at least once a week, a survey released Thursday finds.

The most frequent reasons that physicians order extraneous — and costly --medical care are fears of being sued, impulses to be extra careful and desires ...