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Dee Dee Bridgewater

JazzSet's quality recordings capture the legends, today's top bands, and promising new talent. Occasionally, the program dips into its archives and Dee Dee shares a moment that's too good not to share.

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6:47 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Saxophonist Chris Potter Brings 'The Odyssey' To Jazz Set Sunday 7pm

Dee Dee Bridgewater recently came off the road with the Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour, which features Saxophonist Chris Potter.  Potter steps out as a combo leader with his new release on ECM "The Sirens", which interpolates contemporary straight ahead jazz idiom to tell the musical story of Homer's 8th Century Epic "The Odyssey."

NPR and WBGO captured Potter at the Village Vanguard, playing the new record at its launch.

You can hear this set live Sunday night at 8pm on the Jazz of The City.

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Jazz
3:00 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Terri Lyne Carrington Rocks JazzSet

Tune in Sunday evening at 7pm for an amazing set by Terri Lyne Carrington as she and her band tear through a mondern re-imagining of the 1962 collaboration between Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach called Money Jungle.

Jazz 91.9 WCLK is your home for NPR Jazz, including JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Saturday mornings at six, Sunday evenings at 7pm.

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JazzSet
9:43 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra Of New York On JazzSet

Jon Faddis.
Paul Hawthorne Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:21 am

Young Jon Faddis, born in 1953, learned every note Dizzy Gillespie ever recorded. Then Faddis found Gillespie and reacquainted the older trumpeter with some of his own best work. Their relationship became a close mentorship in jazz, maybe the closest. Now, Faddis advances the Gillespie style — fast, syncopated, chromatic, teasing, conversing, climbing step by step (sometimes tacking crosswise), racing up and down the hills, having serious fun.

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JazzSet
8:03 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Gretchen Parlato, The Cookers On JazzSet

Gretchen Parlato performing at the Caramoor Jazz Festival in Katonah, N.Y. July 28.
Gabe Palacio Courtesy of the Caramoor Festival

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:19 pm

Ninety years ago near the village of Katonah, N.Y., art lovers Walter and Lucie Rosen bought Caramoor, a wooded estate, and built a home for their collection of painting and sculpture. Every room was a gallery, including their favorite, the Music Room; after they lost their only son in World War II, they presented a small concert series there to honor him. So began the transformation of Caramoor from a private home to an arts center and treasure for Westchester County, north of New York City.

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4:57 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Billy Childs Quartet On JazzSet

Billy Childs.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:33 am

It's New Year's Eve at The Blue Whale, a "live jazz + art space" in the Little Tokyo section of downtown Los Angeles. Founded in 2009 by singer Joon Lee, this is a listening room. There's food at the bar, poetry (Rumi!) on the ceiling, and wall-to-wall people. The Blue Whale has been sold out for days, and the phone keeps ringing off the hook because everybody wants to be on the air, cheering for Billy Childs live on NPR's Toast of the Nation.

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JazzSet
12:50 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Dee Dee Bridgewater On JazzSet

Dee Dee Bridgewater (right) smiles big with pianist Edsel Gomez.
Richard Conde

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:20 pm

Dee Dee Bridgewater's smile says it all: she's singing this week on JazzSet from the Caramoor Jazz Festival.

All summer, Caramoor presents chamber music, opera, Latin music, a resident orchestra and more — rain or shine. And it did rain in 2012, though the audience stayed dry under the Venetian Theater roof with Bridgewater and her awesome band.

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JazzSet
10:24 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Benny Green Trio On JazzSet

Benny Green.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 10:32 am

The pioneering pianist Thelonious Monk left behind a treasure trove of compositions. Onstage at the KC Jazz Club at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., a current jazz treasure is here to play some of the best. Benny Green is on piano with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums.

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JazzSet
8:49 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Lewis Nash Quintet, Kurt Elling On JazzSet

Drummer Lewis Nash performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:23 pm

There are three stages at the Newport Jazz Festival. At least two are always running simultaneously. Given the surfeit of options, it's rare to hear a complete set. The question begins to nag: Should be we somewhere else? And away you go, leaving a work in progress to make sure you don't miss one getting underway.

But sometimes if you choose a spot on the lawn and stay put, the juxtaposition of two bands delivers a fine festival experience. Sunday morning, August 5, 2012, on the Quad Stage is such a time.

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3:49 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

John Ellis, Darcy James Argue On JazzSet

Saxophonist John Ellis (center) performs with Matt Perrine (left) on sousaphone at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:27 pm

As we re-release these two sets from Newport, saxophonist John Ellis (leader of one, player in the other) is leading workshops in Portugal and Italy. Darcy James Argue has released a studio recording of Brooklyn Babylon, and his Secret Society tied with the Maria Schneider Orchestra for the Big Band of 2013 in the just-out DownBeat Critics Poll.

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4:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis On JazzSet

Regina Carter (right) with Yacouba Sissoko.
Ayano His Newport Jazz Festival

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:12 pm

JazzSet returns to the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival for performances from two complementary bandleaders on the main Fort Adams stage: violinist Regina Carter and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Regina Carter started playing violin as a 4-year-old Suzuki method student in Detroit, and later played in school and community orchestras. After attending the New England Conservatory of Music, she chose jazz as her primary direction. JazzSet first presented her from the 1995 Telluride Jazz Festival — on a stage in the mountains, playing into the open air.

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