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11:32 am
Thu August 7, 2014

The Capitol Days on Big Band Saturday Night

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This week on Big Band Saturday Night: The second part of our three-part series on the life and music of Frank Sinatra! These are "The Capitol Days.". Some of his most popular and best recognized hits.You'll hear a rare glimpse into his recordings at the famed "Sands in Vegas." Join me at 8 o'clock this weekend for Big Band Saturday Night!

Newport Jazz Festival
11:24 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors With David Sanchez: Newport Jazz 2014

David Sanchez and the Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors perform at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Boston's Berklee College of Music was already one of the premier conservatories for jazz when it launched a new program designed to push a select group of students beyond the classroom. The Berklee Global Jazz Institute assembles a small international ensemble to create works on the bandstand and explore connections to culture, nature and other art forms.

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World Cafe
2:56 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Ernest Ranglin On World Cafe

Ernest Ranglin.
Tony Zucker Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 4:21 pm

Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin was born in 1932, and was there for the creation of the Jamaican music scene as we know it. Much evidence suggests that Ranglin was the one who turned the beat around and invented ska, the building block of reggae and all Jamaican music that has followed.

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Newport Jazz Festival
12:57 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Gregory Porter: Newport Jazz 2014

Adam Kissick for NPR

The commanding singer Gregory Porter likes a good aqueous metaphor. He named his first album Water and led off with the title track. Then he called his latest album Liquid Spirit, which he released following last year's ecstatic Newport show. (He sang that title track, too, with its bouncy hand-clap exhortations.)

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Deceptive Cadence
1:50 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Ask Us Anything About Beethoven

Portrait of Beethoven by Joseph Karl Stieler, ca. 1818.
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 8:47 am

What do you know about Beethoven? He wrote the Fifth Symphony (da da da dummmm ...) and he became deaf.

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Newport Jazz Festival
1:04 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society: Newport Jazz 2014

Darcy James Argue conducts the Secret Society in a new big-band piece at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

At the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, Duke Ellington and his Orchestra gave a performance so raucous and powerful that historians mark it as a turning point of the great bandleader's five-decade career. At its center was a piece called "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue," with a barn-burning solo interlude from saxophonist Paul Gonsalves.

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A Blog Supreme
12:20 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Newport Jazz 2014 In Photos

Cécile McLorin Salvant performed two sets at Newport, including one for a main-stage crowd on the festival's sunny opening day.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 9:50 am

The Newport Jazz Festival turned 60 this year, and expanded to three days to celebrate. Throughout last weekend, more than 45 bands performed at Fort Adams State Park in coastal Rhode Island, playing through abundant sunshine, pouring rain and anything in between.

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Music
11:09 am
Tue August 5, 2014

The Fine Arts Quartet on Performance Oklahoma

Chamber Music in Oklahoma this week

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All Songs TV
8:46 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Steve Gunn And Mike Cooper, 'Pony Blues'

A still from "Pony Blues."
Courtesy of the artist

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Newport Jazz Festival
12:05 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Jon Batiste And Stay Human: Newport Jazz 2014

Jon Batiste embraces the crowd at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 6:20 am

Jon Batiste has a way with exits, as musicians from New Orleans tend to. Days before his day-ending set at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival, the pianist and singer walked out of The Colbert Report's theater with a studio audience and a dancing Stephen Colbert in tow. And following a high-energy Newport set — where his expanded Stay Human band played turbocharged versions of standards, rags and his own party anthems — he switched from piano to melodica and led the band into the main stage audience.

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