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World Cafe
11:03 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Herb Alpert On World Cafe

Herb Alpert.
Chris Adjani Courtesy of the artist

For Herb Alpert, it all began in 1962 with a visit to a Tijuana bullfight. His first record, The Lonely Bull, drew inspiration from this experience, as he overdubbed his trumpet playing atop a recording of crowds and other ambient sounds. The album, which would become the first release on A&M Records, marked the beginning of Alpert's band, The Tijuana Brass.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:37 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Freddy Cole On Piano Jazz

Freddy Cole.
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist, composer, and vocalist Freddy Cole can take any song and bring out colors and nuances never heard before. As Nat King Cole's younger brother, he has developed his own style to showcase his familial vocal talents.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
10:47 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Steve Wilson With Strings On JazzSet

Steve Wilson (center) brought a quartet and a string section to the Kennedy Center to pay tribute to the Charlie Parker With Strings LP.
Sue Lyn Schramm

To inaugurate the 2011-12 jazz season at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., director of jazz Kevin Struthers wanted something special and different.

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First Listen
9:04 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

First Listen: Kat Edmonson, 'The Big Picture'

Kat Edmonson's new album, The Big Picture, comes out Sept. 30.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 8:35 am

A dozen years after Kat Edmonson was very briefly a contestant on American Idol, she still occasionally finds herself fielding questions about the experience from incredulous interviewers. If nothing else, the recurrence of the topic reflects how profoundly incompatible her style of pop expression is with Idol's bias toward blunt-force power balladry. You'll hear no belting from Edmonson; she deals in more intimate, exact gestures.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Bill Charlap And Renee Rosnes On Piano Jazz

Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap.
Courtesy of the artist

It's a rare thing to have three pianists at three pianos in one studio. But given the marriage of keyboard masters Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, host Marian McPartland thought it was a perfect opportunity to expand the Piano Jazz format with two of today's most gifted players as her guests.

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