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2:18 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Steve Coleman, Saxophonist And Innovative Composer, Named MacArthur Fellow

Steve Coleman practices in his backyard in Allentown, Penn.
Jeff Fusco Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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 Foundation.

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Music Interviews
5:10 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Modern Misbehavin': Jason Moran Gets Into The Mind Of Fats Waller

Jason Moran's new album is titled All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller.
Clay Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 10:28 pm

Legend has it that pianist Fats Waller used to say, "If you don't know what it is, don't mess with it." That's a challenge that fellow pianist Jason Moran has been eager to take up lately.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:20 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Chris Potter On Piano Jazz

Jamas Jalaber Courtesy of the artist

Saxophonist Chris Potter is an expressive, inventive, quick-thinking improviser. In this 2001 session, he talks with host Marian McPartland about his experience working in trumpeter Red Rodney's band and performs "I Should Care" with bassist Scott Colley. With his tune "Hieroglyph," Potter showcases his skills as a composer. McPartland joins in for a trio performance of "Take The Coltrane," during which the versatile Potter switches from saxophone to piano.

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First Listen
11:03 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

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

Jason Moran.
Clay Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 10:55 am

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.

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Music News
4:36 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

An Old-School Entertainer, Making Jazz In The Present Tense

Stefano Bollani (center) and the musicians who back him on the new album Joy in Spite of Everything. From left: Mark Turner, Bill Frisell, Jesper Bodilsen, Morten Lund.
Paolo Soriani Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 12:20 pm

When he sits down to do an interview, jazz pianist Stefano Bollani wants you to know who he is and what he's about.

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Music News
7:47 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Taking The Tuba Above And Beyond The Low End

On a new record called Connections: Mind the Gap, tuba player Bob Stewart sums up his career with a showcase of the instrument's versatility.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 12:33 pm

On a hot, humid afternoon, Bob Stewart has called a rehearsal at his Harlem apartment. Six musicians are in a circle in the living room — on one side, trumpet and trombone; on the other, cello, viola and violin; and in the middle, the elephant in the room — Stewart's tuba.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
12:05 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

'Miles Davis And Gil Evans: Still Ahead' On JazzSet

Terence Blanchard plays the role of Miles Davis' trumpet with commitment and emotion at Monterey.
Cole Thompson

Gil Evans was born on May 13, 1912. In three collaborations in the late 1950s, he and his friend and Miles Davis steered their projects into a new era for jazz.

Their first album was Miles Ahead. This Monterey Jazz Festival concert is called "Still Ahead," with music from the pair's second and third records, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain.

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Music Interviews
7:55 am
Sun August 24, 2014

The Private Eye Who Made Cool Jazz His Calling Card

Actor Craig Stevens as TV detective Peter Gunn in 1959.
Ralph Crane The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 24, 2014 10:28 pm

In the late 1950s, detective shows were all the rage. Today, the series Peter Gunn, starring Craig Stevens as the titular gumshoe, has faded a bit from popular memory. Its theme music, however, remains unforgettable.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:18 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Christian McBride On Piano Jazz

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 1:24 pm

Bassist, bandleader and composer Christian McBride has been a presence in jazz for more than 20 years. A veteran Piano Jazz sideman, McBride has accompanied the likes of J.J. Johnson and Cassandra Wilson on the show.

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A Blog Supreme
11:30 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Remembering Jazz Violinist John Blake Jr.

John Blake Jr.
Courtesy of the artist

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 Friday, Aug. 15 from complications due to multiple myeloma, according to his family. He was 67.

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