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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
6:50 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

On the Next Installment of All This Jazz: Classic Tunes by Wayne Shorter

He was the tenor saxophonist and main composer for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers --- and then for the Miles Davis Quintet --- in the Sixties. Later in that decade, he took up the soprano sax while participating in the landmark Davis recording sessions that would produce "Bitches Brew" (and he's now a master on both horns).

He co-led Weather Report, the internationally popular jazz-rock fusion supergroup, in the Seventies and Eighties.

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World Cafe
3:27 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Latin Roots: From Africa To Brazil, The Story Of Samba

Brazilian samba musician Jorge Ben.
Fernanda Calfat Getty Images

Grammy-winning Latin-music producer Aaron Levinson joins WXPN's David Dye for this, the 17th segment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series. Levinson, a Philadelphia native, started his music career at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. With a background as a musician and composer, he's a former governor of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Levinson has gone on to start his own record label, Range Recording Studios, and has produced and released more than a dozen albums along the way.

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Music Interviews
12:59 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Juanes Changes Course On English-Language Songs

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 2:59 pm

Colombian superstar Juanes has been dominating music charts in the Spanish-speaking world for years. Now, the award-winning musician has decided to crossover to English-language music. Guest host Viviana Hurtado sits down with Juanes about his music and his social activism.

JazzSet
10:50 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Kevin Eubanks On JazzSet

Note the message on Kevin Eubanks' cap: "Meet You at the Blue Room." It's a nice club in Kansas City, in the historic district where Count Basie, Lester Young and Mary Lou Williams used to play.
Len Katz Photography

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:25 am

Kevin Eubanks (briefly) and saxophonist Bill Pierce (in the mid 1980s) both played in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the two-generation-spanning band that is so very important in jazz from 1950s through the '80s. Now Pierce chairs the Woodwinds Department at Berklee College.

Eubanks and Marvin Smith were in The Tonight Show band together for 15 years, with guitar riffs and rim shots for Jay Leno Monday through Friday. "Smitty" brought Los Angeles bassist Rene Camacho into this group.

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Alt.Latino
8:56 am
Thu August 23, 2012

This Ain't A Love Song: Seven Musicians Who Break Cliches

Ruben Albarran of Cafe Tacuba
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 10:33 am

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Deceptive Cadence
6:02 am
Thu August 23, 2012

An Elegy For New Albion

In a 1972 portrait, composer John Cage, whose music was one of the animating spirits of the New Albion label.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:54 pm

Earlier this month the pioneering contemporary music label New Albion shut its doors after 25 indispensible years. Although in retrospect it seems obvious — the label hasn't offered a new release since 2008 — the announcement from Foster Reed, the label's founder and creative visionary, was still shocking. All of New Albion's remaining physical stock is being shipped off to its artists, while some (though apparently, only a few) of its releases are available through a digital storefront.

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Live At The Village Vanguard
2:10 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Ethan Iverson, Ben Street, Tootie Heath: Live At The Village Vanguard

L-R: Ethan Iverson, Ben Street, Albert "Tootie" Heath.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:54 pm

Drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath, 77, has certainly played thousands of gigs like this one, where he's hired to bring his casual brilliance to the extended songbook of jazz standards. After all, he played on John Coltrane's first album as a leader, and with every other name in hard bop from the late 1950s onward. In contrast, pianist Ethan Iverson's schedule currently revolves around touring with The Bad Plus, a band whose repertoire almost entirely omits common-practice jazz.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:43 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Guest DJ: Decoding Debussy With Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) ignored the old rules about how to write music and created a brave new world of sonic possibilities.
adoc-photos Corbis

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:55 pm

In the western suburbs of Paris 150 years ago today, a boy was born to an unassuming couple, proprietors of a china shop who had no great taste for music. But that little boy felt otherwise, and grew up to write music of bold color, timbre and harmonic daring.

Claude Debussy ignored the old rules about how to write music and in the process created a brave new world of sonic possibilities.

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Music Reviews
2:44 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Janka Nabay: The King Of Bubu Music

Forced into exile from Sierra Leone, Janka Nabay (left of center) now makes his mysterious, mesmerizing music in Brooklyn.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 6:36 pm

Janka Nabay is the king of Bubu music. That style has old roots in Muslim Sierra Leone, but it's come to life recently in the clubs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, as well as on a new album called En Yay Sah.

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World Cafe
1:40 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Sara Watkins On World Cafe

Sara Watkins.
Aaron Redfield

Former Nickel Creek fiddler Sara Watkins is a musical protege, both as a vocalist and as a multi-instrumentalist who plays the guitar, mandolin and ukulele. Watkins enjoyed widespread success in Nickel Creek, which included her older brother Sean and childhood friend Chris Thile.

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