Jazz & Blues

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March 28, 2014 | NPR · On this episode of Piano Jazz, host Marian McPartland accompanies Reeves in “Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise” and “Million Dollar Secret.”

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March 24, 2014 | NPR · On Feb. 5, 1953, Powell was uncommunicative face to face at the New York jazz club Birdland. But when he sat at the keys, it was a whole other story.

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March 21, 2014 | NPR · With his heady, bop-rooted explorations of improvised music, pianist and composer Hill stretched the boundaries of jazz. He demonstrated his mastery of melody, rhythm and technique in a 2005 session.

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March 16, 2014 | NPR · One of the most talked-about names in jazz, the 32-year-old trumpeter is more auteur than star. In an extended interview, he explains why it’s crucial to let his collaborators think for themselves.

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March 7, 2014 | NPR · Host Marian McPartland talks to her longtime friend and idol on the first episode, recorded in 1978 with Williams and bassist Ronnie Boykins.

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March 5, 2014 | NPR · “The beauty was in the rawness,” says the violinist, who based her latest album around field recordings from the American South.

February 25, 2014 | NPR · Eric Dolphy’s creativity was exploding early in 1964, and he was finding more players who could keep up. Out to Lunch is free and focused, dissonant and catchy, wide open and swinging all at once.

February 21, 2014 | NPR · Piano Jazz remembers the musician, composer, arranger and band leader with this 1998 session, recorded before an audience at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

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February 15, 2014 | NPR · Danilo Pérez got his start playing piano with Dizzy Gillespie. The celebrated composer’s latest project is an ambitious one: 500 years of trade, exploration and colonization represented in music.

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February 11, 2014 | NPR · There’s something tender and specific about the ways elders like Frank Wess shaped their notes.


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April 23, 2014 | NPR · One Tulsa, Okla., nonprofit believes that improving poor kids’ prospects also requires preparing their parents for well-paying jobs. The program’s director says managing both is a tough nut to crack.

April 23, 2014 | NPR · As Western leaders craft another round of sanctions to counter the Russian president’s moves in Crimea, they might do well to consult a grandmaster at chess — Russia’s national pastime.

April 23, 2014 | NPR · Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others are competing to be the main landlords of the cloud. Their terms and prices could control who gets to build what on the Internet, and for how much.

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April 23, 2014 | NPR · Shakespeare’s Globe Theater aims to take the Bard’s iconic play to every country in the world. They’ll perform everywhere from prestigious theaters to Pacific island beaches.

April 22, 2014 | NPR · Alan Cheuse reviews the novel In Praise of Hatred, by Khaled Khalifa. The book, which was recently translated to English, features a young Muslim girl in 1980s Syria.

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April 22, 2014 | NPR · NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Amy Schumer stands out by using her own sex appeal to challenge double standards about women — and, of course, she’s funny.


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April 22, 2014 | NPR · The decorated Americana musician returns to Mountain Stage to play songs from his upcoming album, Single Mothers.

April 22, 2014 | NPR · Caetano Veloso has been making music for over 40 years, and he’s among the best known singers in his native Brazil. Veloso’s new album, Abracaco, is one of the most engaging in his epic career.

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April 22, 2014 | NPR · In “Anonymous Club,” Courtney Barnett sings of a sweetly perfect, carefree and tech-free party. But in her new video for the song, animated by Celeste Potter, cartoon monsters are consumed by sadness.

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