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10:03 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Review: Kamasi Washington, 'The Epic'

Kamashi Washington's new album, The Epic, comes out May 5.
Mike Park Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 3:00 pm

The word "epic" sits cheerily amid the most overused hyperbole of our age. Teenage bros proclaim their recent "pretty epic" mild successes; sports commentators call anything which ends dramatically an "epic game"; the Internet-literate are quick to point out an "epic FAIL." But what else do you call a three-CD, nearly three-hour album anchored by a 10-piece jazz band, featuring a 32-piece orchestra and 20-member choir, and driven by the daydream of an imaginary martial arts grandmaster?

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Deceptive Cadence
4:27 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

The World Music Education of Philip Glass

Philip Glass photographed in New York City in 1980.
Jack Mitchell Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 25, 2015 5:23 pm

It was 1964 when the young Philip Glass found himself in Paris. He was on a Fulbright scholarship to study with the revered pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. It was a career move carefully planned. Glass wanted to be a composer and he knew Boulanger's rigorous lessons in traditional Western harmony and counterpoint would sharpen his skills.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat April 25, 2015

DakhaBrakha: Tiny Desk Concert

Colin Marshall NPR

People always ask me, "What's your favorite Tiny Desk Concert?" Well, right now it's the one recently performed by DakhaBrakha. The creative quartet from Kiev, Ukraine make music that sounds like nothing I've ever heard, with strands of everything I've ever heard. There are rhythms that sound West African and drone that feels as if it could have emanated from India or Australia. At times, DakhaBrakha is simply a rock band whose crazy homeland harmonies are filled with joy.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:07 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Roomful Of Teeth: A Vocal Group That's 'A Band, Not A Choir'

Roomful of Teeth's new album is Render, out April 28.
Bonica Ayala Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 1:16 pm

The vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth consists of eight classically trained singers incorporating Tuvan throat singing, Appalachian yodeling, operatic trills, rhythmic exhalations and whispered speech into music written by some of the most exciting young composers of the 21st century.

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6:45 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Irving Berlin on Big Band Saturday Night


This gifted man wrote more than 15-hundred songs. Most of them were hits, on network and local radio and the record stores to his fans! Irving Berlin will be in the Big Band Saturday Night spotlight this weekend.

Help us celebrate our 20th year on Tulsa radio with BBSN! Join us at 8 o'clock on 89.5.

Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
6:15 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

On the Next Installment of All This Jazz, We Salute the Newly Honored 2015 NEA Jazz Masters

Hope you can tune in for the forthcoming installment of All This Jazz, right here on Public Radio 89.5 (KWGS-FM).

Our next show begins at 10pm on Saturday the 25th, and it'll also be conveyed via live stream at

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
6:05 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman At Detroit Jazz Festival

Joshua Redman and The Bad Plus play the Detroit Jazz Festival.
Susan Hale Thomas NPR

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 7:31 am

Saxophonist Joshua Redman and the collaborative trio The Bad Plus both stand among the most celebrated, thoughtful and prominent jazz acts of the last couple decades. That, and their contrasting aesthetic sensibilities, made it at least news when they first got together in 2011. As it turns out, that collaboration bore lasting fruit: After a series of gigs last summer, they went into the studio with each others' tunes to record The Bad Plus Joshua Redman (say it out loud), to be released in late May.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
6:04 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Kamasi Washington's 'The Epic' In Concert

Kamasi Washington.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 6:40 pm

Saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington, 34, has been working on releasing his now three-CD, nearly three-hour, choir-and-strings-assisted album The Epic for the better part of five years now. Even longer, if you consider how long his 10-piece working band has known each other: Most of its members, known collectively as The Next Step or The West Coast Get Down, have known each other since at least high school decades ago in South Central Los Angeles, and in some instances well before that.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
6:02 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Celebrating Joe Temperley In Concert

Joe Temperley and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 10:57 am

For 25 years, the baritone saxophone chair of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has been held by a one Joe Temperley. The Scottish musician, now 85, carries tons of credits to his C.V., especially with big bands: Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Clark Terry and — most notably — the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
6:00 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Vijay Iyer Trio At Metropolitan Museum Of Art

Vijay Iyer Trio plays the Temple of Dendur.

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 10:34 am

The pianist and composer Vijay Iyer frames his new trio recording, Break Stuff, around the idea of musical breaks: "a break in music is still music: a span of time in which to act," he writes. Formally, he's referring to breakbeats and other musical breakdowns, but more generally, Iyer's trio exploits opportunities to rupture convention.

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