Concerts @ NPR Music

Cole Thompson
August 28, 2014 | WBGO · In three collaborations in the late 1950s, Gil Evans and Miles Davis steered their projects into a new era for jazz. Terence Blanchard plays Davis’ role with commitment and emotion in this set.

Ethan Shvartzman
August 26, 2014 | KCRW · The New York band performed selections from its upcoming album, El Pintor, in public for the first time.

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August 21, 2014 | NPR · For decades, he created unique roles for his fiddle. Hear an interview and performance for Billy Taylor’s Jazz At The Kennedy Center, an archival NPR program.

Richard Conde
August 14, 2014 | NPR · Held each summer in the lovely hillside country of Westchester County, the Caramoor Jazz Festival is in a rolling woods, 40 miles northeast of New York City. Hear Dee Dee Bridgewater lead her quintet.

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August 7, 2014 | NPR · The Puerto Rican tenor saxophonist joins a select international ensemble from one of jazz’s top conservatories in a festival-opening performance of his own compositions.

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August 7, 2014 | WBGO · The 2012 Caramoor Jazz Festival presents everything from young artists making their marks to established stars still shining bright. We highlight singer Gretchen Parlato and hard bop band The Cookers.

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August 6, 2014 | NPR · The commanding singer named two of his three albums Water and Liquid Spirit. Appropriately, in his triumphant return to Newport, Porter projected his booming voice through day-long rain showers.

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August 5, 2014 | NPR · With a sly salute to fellow composer and big-band leader Duke Ellington, Argue presents the U.S. premiere of a new 35-minute work. It joins other unrecorded tunes during Secret Society’s Newport set.

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August 4, 2014 | NPR · Following a high-energy main stage set — filled with turbocharged versions of standards, rags and his own party anthems — the young pianist and singer brought his band out into the audience.

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August 3, 2014 | NPR · Mavis Staples, whose titanic career spans the civil rights movement, Soul Train and solo work with Curtis Mayfield, Prince and Jeff Tweedy, closed the 2014 Newport Folk Festival on Sunday, July 27.


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September 2, 2014 | NPR · Police officers in Ferguson, Mo., are now wearing body cameras. But cameras don’t solve everything. Sometimes, they can create more disputes.

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · Owner Jeffrey Bezos gave the job to Frederick J. Ryan Jr., a founding member of the website Politico. The Post had been run by the Graham family for eight decades.

September 2, 2014 | NPR · The quote was published by an Italian daily, which reported Russian President Vladimir Putin said it during a phone call with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

Arts & Life

September 2, 2014 | NPR · Growing up, I knew two kinds of apples: red and green. Then I started dating an apple enthusiast and discovered we are in the midst of a rare apple renaissance.

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · Also: the man who dug through John Updike’s trash; a new biography of Robin Williams.
September 2, 2014 | NPR · Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy comes to an end with Acceptance; reviewer Jason Sheehan says it’s a maddening, fascinating read that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.


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September 2, 2014 | NPR · On this week’s show: Moody rock from Ex Hex, a deluxe version of a Smashing Pumpkins classic, the enchanting voice of Icelandic singer Ólöf Arnalds, great grooves from Tennis and more.

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September 2, 2014 | KCRW · Hear Jason Bentley’s latest EDM mix, featuring SBTRKT, a Talking Heads remix, Grimes and more.

September 2, 2014 | KEXP · Shabazz Palaces’ music sounds like nothing else. Watch Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire bring an interplanetary vibe to “They Come In Gold” during their recent visit to KEXP’s studios in Seattle.

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