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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:29 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Danilo Pérez On Piano Jazz

Danilo Pérez.
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Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez worked with Dizzy Gillespie and his United Nations Orchestra, from whom he absorbed bebop and pre-bop styles. But Gillespie also impressed upon Perez the importance of getting to the roots of his own heritage, and Perez began creating music that seeks connection and defies boundaries. In this Piano Jazz session from 1994, he demonstrated his fresh ideas in his original composition "Reminisce."

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
10:58 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Our Point Of View: A Blue Note Supergroup

Our Point of View features pianist Robert Glasper, saxophonist Marcus Strickland and bassist Derrick Hodge.
NPR

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 11:13 pm

Blue Note Records made its name on names: Sonny Clark, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Grant Green, Paul Chambers, Tony Williams, and many more who have etched their marks on jazz history. For its 75th anniversary, the label gathered together a new crop of artists — those pushing the label forward now — and sent them on tour together, performing each others' compositions.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:19 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Gary Burton On Piano Jazz

Gary Burton.
Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Piano Jazz, innovative vibraphonist Gary Burton stops by the program to perform a set of tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart and more.

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
12:48 am
Thu January 22, 2015

When Henry Met Steven

Henry Butler (left) and Steven Bernstein.
Stephanie Berger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 3:09 pm

In 1984, when a young Steven Bernstein first encountered the blind virtuoso New Orleans pianist and singer Henry Butler, he was astonished. "This is it," he recalls thinking. "This is like the music that I always imagined. Everything you ever loved about music, all being in one place. But now it's all coming from one person." Nearly two decades later, Butler and Bernstein finally had the chance to collaborate when they were booked for a run together at New York's Jazz Standard.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
12:47 am
Thu January 22, 2015

A David Murray Double Bill

David Murray performs at Winter Jazzfest 2015.
John Rogers for NPR

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 4:52 pm

For decades, David Murray was known as one of New York's most monstrously talented and astoundingly prolific artists — a tenor saxophonist who played and wrote for just about every imaginable context. He's still these things, but he lives in Europe now. So this year's Winter Jazzfest — already jam-packed with over 100 acts in two nights — saw fit to give New York audiences a proper saturation of what they'd been missing, presenting David Murray in three completely different sets.

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