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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
4:51 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Boz Scaggs On Piano Jazz

Boz Scaggs.
Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Piano Jazz, singer-songwriter and guitarist Boz Scaggs performs a few standards in a program that originally aired in 2004.

Scaggs met future rock star and classic-rock staple Steve Miller while the two were attending prep school in Texas. In 1959, Skaggs joined a group headed by Miller, beginning a musical association that lasted, on and off, into the late '60s.

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Newport Jazz Festival
4:38 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:31 am

One of the original new-school New Orleans brass bands, a Dirty Dozen show guarantees a good time. This year actually marks three dozen years since the first incarnation of the group coalesced to resurrect a then-disappearing tradition — and infuse it with both bebop and funk. As with many a show since '77, there was dancing and handkerchief-waving aplenty, and several original members were present to anchor the proceedings.

Personnel

  • Roger Hayward Lewis, baritone and soprano saxophone
  • Kevin Harris, tenor saxophone
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Newport Jazz Festival
4:36 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Jim Hall Trio With Julian Lage, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

The Jim Hall Trio with Julian Lage performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:28 am

One of the finest guitar players in jazz history — who made all those classic records with Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Ron Carter and so on — is still at it at age 82. Fittingly, Jim Hall's rhythm section at Newport is top-shelf international caliber: Scott Colley (bass) and Lewis Nash (drums). And Julian Lage, a much younger guitar phenom, joined in a cross-generational confab of guitar heroes.

Personnel

  • Jim Hall, guitar
  • Scott Colley, bass
  • Lewis Nash, drums
  • Julian Lage, guitar

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A Blog Supreme
12:47 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival In GIFs

Esperanza Spalding performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Clap your hands now! From Michel Camilo's stomping, tassled Oxfords to Esperanza Spalding's vibrating upright-bass strings and a whole lotta dancing, here's the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival forever enshrined in animated GIFs. See a gallery of Adam Kissick's pixel portraits here — and follow us on Flickr.

Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Mon August 5, 2013

A Pulitzer Winner Asks: Why Write Symphonies?

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts is still inspired by the age-old symphonic form.
Andrew Shapter

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 4:32 pm

In 2007, I was interviewed by a journalist over lunch a day before the premiere of my Violin Concerto. One of his first questions was, "So why do you write in these old forms, the symphony, the concerto ... ?" I told him that these were simply titles which imply nothing about the form, which was another thing entirely. But it led me to ask myself: What is a symphony these days? If it no longer comprises a four-movement structure with an energetic first movement, a slow movement, a scherzo, and some kind of quick rondo, then what exactly characterizes it?

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Newport Jazz Festival
5:50 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Wayne Shorter Quartet With Herbie Hancock, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

Wayne Shorter performs with Herbie Hancock at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:34 am

Wayne Shorter is among the most influential jazz composers of all time. His performances are relatively scarce, but he's turning 80 this year and he's returned to Newport to celebrate. His quartet of more than a dozen years tears apart and reconstructs his tunes — and some other pieces — in a Mr. Potato Head style. It's thrilling and a little mystifying alike. And his old friend Herbie Hancock also swung through Rhode Island to mark the occasion.

Personnel

  • Wayne Shorter, saxophones
  • Danilo Pérez, piano
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Newport Jazz Festival
5:02 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Terence Blanchard Quintet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

The Terence Blanchard Quintet performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:45 am

As a whole, Terence Blanchard's high-functioning quintet reliably serves up sleek modernism in the form of post-bop jazz. Individually, its members are also becoming great composers: Blanchard's new album, Magnetic, features tunes from everyone in the band. The new repertoire sees Blanchard cop some electric feels for his trumpet. And a guest turn from guitarist Lionel Loueke, who also appears on the album, makes this band a rare six-person quintet.

Personnel

  • Terence Blanchard, trumpet
  • Brice Winston, tenor saxophone
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Newport Jazz Festival
5:02 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Mary Halvorson Quintet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

The Mary Halvorson Quintet performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 11:31 am

A guitarist who sounds like no other, Mary Halvorson can both astound and confound, with craggy phrasing, strange pitch-bends and pedal effects galore. With two quintet albums out and a septet record due soon, she's at Newport this year as a composer and bandleader too. Her quintet resembles certain classic Jazz Messengers lineups or Charlie Parker's working band, but her pieces take a few more left-hand turns. That keeps the proceedings good and weird.

Personnel

  • Mary Halvorson, guitar
  • Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet
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Newport Jazz Festival
5:02 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Bill Charlap Trio With Anat Cohen And Bob Wilber, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

The Bill Charlap Trio with Anat Cohen and Bob Wilber performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 11:30 am

Pianist Bill Charlap's trio is about as quintessentially "New York elegant" as it gets. At Newport, it's been drafted to accompany the reedman Bob Wilber, an esteemed elder who specializes in classic jazz styles. (You might specialize too if you were mentored by Sidney Bechet.) The presence of Newport favorite Anat Cohen makes this something of a clarinet summit: a refreshing little hint of traditional jazz at a festival that's become a lot about the modern lately.

Personnel

  • Bill Charlap, piano
  • Peter Washington, bass
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Newport Jazz Festival
5:01 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

The Ray Anderson Pocket Brass Band performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 11:33 am

Take a New-Orleans-style brass band, then cram it into a Volkswagen Golf: That's the general principle of how trombonist Ray Anderson's band makes a joyful noise with only four members. Matt Perrine is the sousaphonist of choice for many a New Orleans group; his bass line supports the trombone-trumpet free-for-all. The Pocket Brass Band presents music from his Sweet Chicago Suite, inspired by his hometown.

Personnel

  • Ray Anderson, trombone
  • Lew Soloff, trumpet
  • Matt Perrine, sousaphone
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