Jazz & Blues

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May 23, 2015 | NPR · The best-selling pianist also hosts a jazz show on BBC Radio 2. He joins NPR’s Scott Simon to share new music from three European artists who merge classic sounds with electronic elements.
 

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May 22, 2015 | NPR · For this week’s All Songs +1 podcast, Patrick Jarenwattananon swings by to discuss jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington and his new album, The Epic.
 

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May 21, 2015 | NPR · After a tour through the Upper Midwest, the trumpeter pays tribute to the Norwegian settlers’ arrival on the American plains with his new album, Midwest.
 

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May 16, 2015 | NPR · The pianist was looking for a fun song to add to his set that evening at a Washington, D.C., jazz club when a waitress made a suggestion. The recording became a huge crossover hit: “The In Crowd.”
 

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May 10, 2015 | NPR · The Los Angeles jazz saxophonist ended up on the latest records by rapper Kendrick Lamar and electronic music producer Flying Lotus. His new three-CD recording is no less ambitious.
 

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May 10, 2015 | NPR · The jazz pianist is celebrating his birthday with a pair of new releases, one of which documents how his creative process plays out in front of live audiences.
 

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May 7, 2015 | NPR · Though the 76-year-old Uruguayan violinist has played with many of the top jazz artists in the U.S. and Latin America, he’s not as well-known as he should be.
 

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May 4, 2015 | NPR · Fueled by a dozen years of rhythmic interaction (and a lot of espresso), Iyer’s working band transforms selections from throughout the pianist’s deep and varied catalog.
 

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May 3, 2015 | NPR · Saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman’s new album for large ensemble is called Synovial Joints, after the different ways the human body moves. The MacArthur Fellow explains how nature inspires him.
 

April 28, 2015 | NPR · The singer known as the “empress of the blues” is the subject of a new HBO biopic. Jazz Night In America host Christian McBride breaks down her influence and legacy.
 

 

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · The debate over whether digital books are better continues. But in the age of Amazon, the number of independent booksellers is up. The revival is fueled, at least in part, by digital natives.
 

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · Frazey Ford takes her discontent to the streets in the new video for her scathing breakup anthem “Done.”
 

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · Hear a set from the roots trio that includes the song which inspired its name: Richard Thompson’s “1952 Vincent Black Lightning.”
 

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May 28, 2015 | NPR · Leigh and Eric Gibson evoke the sounds of classic sibling duos like The Stanley Brothers.
 

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