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The Checkout: Live
1:02 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Orrin Evans: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Pianist Orrin Evans performs at 92Y Tribeca as part of WBGO's The Checkout Live concert series.
John Rogers johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:12 am

The pianist Orrin Evans splits much of his time between Philadelphia, where he grew up, and New York, a much larger jazz scene where he gigs often. A hard-charging player, seasoned with the harmonic touch of fellow Philadelphian McCoy Tyner, Evans is in high demand in a lot of places. Last year saw him release his 19th album as a bandleader or co-leader, Flip the Script. It's a trio recording, a format which both intimidates and excites him; here, he takes up the three-man challenge anew.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:53 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Jailhouse Bach

Pablo Helguera

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
5:25 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Next Time on ATJ: Jazz Greats with February Birthdays

Join us for All This Jazz, our weekly, two-hour, indefatigably catchy rundown of modern jazz, both recent and classic, which begins at 10pm Central on Saturday the 16th on Public Radio 89.5-1. (Also, there's a re-airing of our show scheduled for Sunday night, at 7pm, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.)

For our second-hour theme on the 16th, we'll survey tunes from a wide range of jazz players with February birthdays.

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A Blog Supreme
3:02 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Survey The Portland Jazz Scene With Five Great Tunes

Pianist Darrell Grant is one of the anchors of the Portland jazz community.
Hiroshi Iwaya Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 11:19 am

No matter what a certain television series tells you, Portland, Ore., isn't all that weird. Sure, we make great coffee, ride bicycles, eat organic food — and, yes, there are a lot of hippies and hipsters here. But Portland is much more than that.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
12:27 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Bill Frisell On JazzSet

Bill Frisell plays John Lennon songs on the Fort Stage at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 3:09 pm

On a video promoting Bill Frisell's album All We Are Saying, the guitarist shares the depth of his connection to John Lennon's music: "I don't know if I'd be playing guitar if it weren't for The Beatles." Frisell tells the story of how, several tours ago, a European presenter asked Frisell's band to play a Lennon set.

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World Cafe
1:49 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Billy Cobham On World Cafe

Billy Cobham.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 9:51 am

From his 1970s breakthrough as a founding member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra to his influential role as a leading drummer in the style of jazz and jazz-fusion, Billy Cobham remains a powerful musical explorer. Born in Panama, raised in New York and residing in Switzerland, he translates his multicultural experience into a blend of jazz, rock and funk.

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Music Reviews
11:14 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bicultural Jazz, Ever Shifting

Rudresh Mahanthappa.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 3:47 pm

Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa's quartet can sound like it's cross-pollinating Indian classical music and vintage Captain Beefheart. That befits a bicultural saxophonist who grew up in Boulder, where his Hindu family had a Christmas tree. For a long time, Mahanthappa resisted combining jazz and Indian music — it was almost too obvious a trajectory. But then he got serious about it.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:08 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Measures Of Affection: Five Musical Love Letters

Composer Peter Lieberson wrote his Neruda Songs for his wife, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.
Johansen Krause Peter Lieberson

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 11:21 am

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Music
4:25 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Tex Beneke on Big Band Saturday Night

Tex Beneke
Credit William P. Gottlieb / Wikimedia Commons

Hi everyone! This weekend on Big Band Saturday Night: The story of Tex Beneke. He served as lead sax and sang with The Modernaires with Glenn Miller. Later after we lost Glenn, he directed the Miller band for years. I'll have some rare recordings as well as some tunes you know and love. 8 o'clock this Saturday evening...see you then?

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Music
2:40 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Bryan Ferry: A Forward-Looking Musician Turns To The Past

The Bryan Ferry Orchestra's new album is titled The Jazz Age.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 2:05 am

Throughout his career, English musician Bryan Ferry has been one of popular music's most forward-looking performers. His band Roxy Music remodeled rock into an artsy, cosmopolitan sound in the early '70s and spearheaded the New Romantic style of the '80s.

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