Music

Mountain Stage
11:17 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Paul Brady On Mountain Stage

Paul Brady on Mountain Stage.
Maria Sellas Mountain Stage

Irish singer and folk-music great Paul Brady grew up listening to R&B and soul, playing in rock bands throughout his early 20s. Later, when Brady began making a name for himself as a folk and traditional singer, that background in soul and rock added a unique dimension to his sound.

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All Songs Considered Blog
10:02 am
Mon August 6, 2012

It's Not Easy Being Greek

Musicians Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis, who re-spark old Greek folk songs with a modern push.
courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:02 am

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A Blog Supreme
8:42 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Highlights: The 2012 Newport Jazz Festival In Photos

David Gilmore from Rudresh Mahanthappa's Samdhi is all smiles at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:13 pm

The tents have been collapsed, the fog has rolled in and the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival has come and gone — but not before photographer Erik Jacobs captured these brilliant images for us.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Beth Orton: Tiny Desk Concert

Michael Katzif NPR

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 1:26 pm

English singer-songwriter Beth Orton is one of the best-known practitioners of a subgenre in which folk songs are set to electronic beats — it's a sound she employed to popular and powerful effect throughout the late '90s and early '00s, on hit albums such as Trailer Park, Central Reservation and Daybreaker.

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The Record
9:12 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Chavela Vargas, Legendary Ranchera Singer, Dies

Chavela Vargas performing in Buenos Aires in 2004.
STR/AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:23 pm

A legend of Latin American song has died. Chavela Vargas was a cultural icon across the Spanish-speaking world, with a voice that redefined notions of beauty and an attitude that brashly bent gender roles. Vargas died Sunday; she was 93.

She was born Isabel Vargas Lizano in Costa Rica, but audiences knew her as Chavela, a hard-partying, rabble-rousing, fiery singer who adopted Mexico as her homeland and began singing on the streets in her early teens.

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Newport Jazz Festival
6:08 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz Festival 2012

Saxophonists Lihi Haruvi (left) and Matthew Halpin (center) and violinist Alex Hargreaves (right) of The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors perform at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 3:24 pm

Boston's esteemed Berklee College of Music, just up the road from Newport, has produced top jazz musicians for decades. Driven by the leadership of Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez, the school has expanded its jazz vision internationally, developing an initiative to recruit from and bring on tour around the world. Berklee's current Global Jazz Ambassadors are joined here by professional musician Adam Cruz, whose shimmering 2011 debut album Milestone showed off his talent both in front of the band and behind the drum kit.

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Newport Jazz Festival
5:24 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Jenny Scheinman & Bill Frisell, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Violinist Jenny Scheinman performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 3:25 pm

The violinist Jenny Scheinman and guitarist Bill Frisell have both developed reputations for flexibility — for being able to collaborate with any musicians from country rockers to straight-ahead swing barons. Appropriately, they've been working together in bands for quite a long time now, including in Frisell's John Lennon tribute earlier in the festival. This duo performance features the two alone together, working out stripped-down versions of Scheinman's fiddle tunes.

Set List

  • "Einsamaller"
  • "Sidiki / Jara Bi"
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Newport Jazz Festival
5:09 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Miguel Zenón's Rayuela Quartet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Saxophonist Miguel Zenón performs with pianist Laurent Coq at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:58 am

It may be billed as a gig for the alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, who is making his third Newport appearance in four years, but he would refuse complete credit. He teamed up with the French pianist Laurent Coq to co-write an album's worth of music inspired on the high-modernist Julio Cortázar novel HopscotchRayuela, in the original Spanish. It calls for a cello and a trombone — Dana Leong plays both — and a drummer who can play tablas, so an obvious choice was Dan Weiss. Together, the quartet's literary and musical imagination runs wild.

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Newport Jazz Festival
3:41 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

Ryan Truesdell conducts his Gil Evans Centennial Project onstage at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:02 pm

What if there were lost big-band masterpieces by the great composer/arranger Gil Evans which never made it to record? In fact, there are plenty of them, according to composer/arranger Ryan Truesdell. He's culled, researched, transcribed and completed a handful of the best for Evans' 100th birthday anniversary. It helps that he's the lead copyist for composer Maria Schneider; he's borrowed much of her orchestra to record and now perform this rich, intensely-hued material.

Set List

  • "Dancing On A Great Big Rainbow"
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Newport Jazz Festival
3:40 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Three Cohens, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

The Three Cohens — Anat (right), Avishai (trumpet, center) and Yuval (left) — perform at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:25 pm

Yuval (saxophone), Anat (reeds) and Avishai (trumpet) Cohen are siblings from Israel. They're also among the growing number of terrific jazz musicians from that country; Anat and Avishai have both had bookings for their own bands at Newport in recent years. Naturally, the three Cohens occasionally record and perform together as a band, whose original pieces and arrangements are supported by a rhythm section. It's a family reunion you won't secretly dread.

Set List

  • "Blues For Dandi's Orange Bull Chasing An Orange Sack"
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