Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 10:49 am
To open its 2014-15 season, Jazz At Lincoln Center welcomes the world premiere of a work by managing and artistic director Wynton Marsalis. Ochas, for big band and Afro-Cuban percussion, features special guests in the commanding pianist Chucho Valdés and percussionist, vocalist and Santería priest Pedrito Martinez. With the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, they blend jazz with the traditional folkloric and religious music of Cuba.
Jazz Night In America explores how the new suite of music came to be.
Welcoming Artistic Director Constantine Kitsopoulos and Executive Director Randy Thompson in 2013, the 2014 Festival presented the Amici New York orchestra in a series of concerts which included the Festival's Opening Concert featuring pianist Jon Kimura Parker and the Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and the Piano Concerto No. 20 in d minor, K 466 of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Symphony No 1 in D Major (Titan) by Gustav Mahler, the Mahler also featuring a side-by-side performance with the newly formed OK Mozart All-State Youth orchestra.
Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 11:35 am
Pianist and singer Johnny O'Neal never learned to read music, but didn't really need to: He was one of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and even convincingly imitated the fast-fingered Art Tatum in the biopic Ray. Now, after decades off the scene — and with his health under control — he's re-establishing himself in New York as an incredible old-school performer.
Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 11:33 am
The saxophonist and composer Henry Threadgill, 70, has long been an standard-bearer for boundary-crossing music. In his wildly creative work, inspirations as disparate as rags, calypso and funk transmogrify into unique frameworks for improvisation. Pianist Jason Moran is one of his loyal fans — Threadgill is his favorite composer, he says — and programmed this two-night tribute, gathering both Threadgill sidemen and up-and-comers to perform works from throughout Threadgill's career.
Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 11:24 am
Miguel Zenón possesses rare talent, both for the level of his alto saxophone virtuosity and the ability to make complex compositions immediate and accessible. But he's but one of many who moved to New York City to pursue jazz. And he's one of over one million New-York-area residents of Puerto Rican origin.
Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 1:40 pm
In the late 1960s, saxophonist Wayne Shorter wrote a number of large ensemble works for his employer at the time, trumpeter Miles Davis. They were never recorded, and eventually forgotten. Decades later, Shorter, now considered one of jazz's greatest composers, dug up the music and handed it over to trumpeter Wallace Roney (a protege of Miles Davis) to breathe new life into the charts. Roney presents that suite of music — or what he could before rain showers interceded — on this webcast of Jazz Night In America, live at the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival.
Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 11:20 am
The iconic jazz record label Blue Note Records reached its 75th anniversary this year, and celebrated with an all-star concert featuring artists from its rich history and bright present. Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Lou Donaldson, and Bobby Hutcherson, whose Blue Note LPs defined a generation of jazz, were on hand; Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Joe Lovano and Norah Jones also took up the torch, among many other musicians.
Along with NPR Music's partners at WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center, we're proud to announce a new public media initiative: Jazz Night In America. You can check it out on your local public radio station, as well as online at npr.org/jazznight.
Yarn makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Led by Brooklyn singer-songwriter Blake Christiana, Yarn has won fans across the nation with its mix of country, classic rock and breezy jam-band influences. The band has earned its popularity the hard way, playing more than 170 shows a year for nearly a decade.