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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:14 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Makoto Ozoné On Piano Jazz

Kiyotaka Saito Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 6:03 am

A world-class jazz composer and pianist, Makoto Ozoné began playing organ at age 2 and picked up piano at 12 after falling in love with the music of Oscar Peterson.

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Song Travels
2:08 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Curtis Stigers On 'Song Travels'

Curtis Stigers.
Mali Lazell Courtesy of the artist

Saxophonist, vocalist and songwriter Curtis Stigers wrote the Emmy-nominated theme song for the TV show Sons of Anarchy. Throughout his career, he's been straddling genres and reinventing jazz and modern standards.

On this episode of Song Travels, Stigers joins host Michael Feinstein to discuss his journey to become a songwriter. Stigers performs his original "You've Got the Fever," and host Feinstein joins him for a duet of the standard "You Are Too Beautiful."

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All Songs Considered
9:58 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Drum Fill Friday, With Guest Host Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson.
Michael Jackson Courtesy of the artist

Drummer and bandleader Matt Wilson is one of jazz's most sought-after players; he's recorded on over 250 albums, not including those of his own three current bands. He's one of the music's great optimists as well, whose energy and good humor (on or off the drum stool) serves him well as a teacher, public radio host or general ambassador. His latest recording, Gathering Call, came out early this year.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
1:47 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Dee Dee Bridgewater On JazzSet

Dee Dee Bridgewater (right) smiles big with pianist Edsel Gomez.
Richard Conde

Dee Dee Bridgewater's smile says it all: she's singing this week on JazzSet from the Caramoor Jazz Festival.

All summer, Caramoor presents chamber music, opera, Latin music, a resident orchestra and more — rain or shine. And it did rain in 2012, though the audience stayed dry under the Venetian Theater roof with Bridgewater and her awesome band.

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Field Recordings
8:42 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Chorale For Horns And iPad App, In The Pouring Rain

Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band. L-R: Blade, Myron Walden, Melvin Butler, Chris Thomas, Jon Cowherd.
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Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 10:20 am

We had hoped to get the great drummer Brian Blade to give us a little private exhibition after his set at the Newport Jazz Festival this year. The weather, however, was proving much less generous than he and his band were. Early that morning, a steady all-day rain settled in over coastal Rhode Island, making it difficult to transport dry instruments anywhere. On top of that, a last-minute change to travel plans meant that Blade needed to get out of town quickly — to an airport over four hours away.

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