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Field Recordings
6:03 am
Thu October 16, 2014

The Fastest Fingers At The Festival, For Django Reinhardt

The Django Festival All-Stars.
NPR Music

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 6:31 am

Every year for the last decade and a half, select groups of hot swing musicians have come from Europe to tour the U.S. The exact lineups change, but they all feature masters of the "gypsy jazz" — or jazz manouche — style pioneered by guitarist Django Reinhardt. In fact, they're billed under the banner of New York's Django Reinhardt Festival.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
9:17 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Benny Green On Piano Jazz

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 1:02 pm

Hard bop pianist Benny Green was mentored by Walter Bishop Jr. and has appeared on more than 100 recordings, with artists such as Betty Carter, Milt Jackson and Diana Krall. In 1993, Oscar Peterson chose Green to receive the Glen Gould International Protégé Prize in Music.

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Mountain Stage
1:01 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Jim Oblon On Mountain Stage

Jim Oblon.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Jim Oblon performs on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Oblon is one of the few young guitarists whose name merits mention alongside that of legendary picker Roy Buchanan. His furious playing has made him a sensation among Music City insiders, who flock to his regular gigs in Nashville.

A musician's musician, Oblon is hardly limited to guitar; in fact, he has a standing job as a drummer and vocalist in Paul Simon's band, and he made significant contributions to Simon's latest album, So Beautiful Or So What.

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
12:38 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Behind Wynton Marsalis' Afro-Cuban 'Ochas' Suite

Percussionists Clemente Medina, Román Diaz and Pedrito Martinez perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:49 pm

To open its 2014-15 season, Jazz At Lincoln Center welcomes the world premiere of a work by managing and artistic director Wynton Marsalis. Ochas, for big band and Afro-Cuban percussion, features special guests in the commanding pianist Chucho Valdés and percussionist, vocalist and Santería priest Pedrito Martinez. With the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, they blend jazz with the traditional folkloric and religious music of Cuba.

Jazz Night In America explores how the new suite of music came to be.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
9:04 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Very Very Threadgill At Harlem Stage

Henry Threadgill studies a score in his dressing room at Very Very Threadgill.
Shahar Azran Courtesy of Harlem Stage

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 9:24 am

The saxophonist and composer Henry Threadgill, 70, has long been an standard-bearer for boundary-crossing music. In his wildly creative work, inspirations as disparate as rags, calypso and funk transmogrify into unique frameworks for improvisation. Pianist Jason Moran is one of his loyal fans — Threadgill is his favorite composer, he says — and programmed this tribute, gathering both Threadgill sidemen and up-and-comers to perform works from throughout Threadgill's career.

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