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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
11:14 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Eric Reed Plays Coleman Hawkins

Eric Reed.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 8:34 pm

His instrument is now synonymous with jazz, but Coleman Hawkins was the first to carve out a place for the tenor saxophone in the music. A burly-toned player with an advanced harmonic understanding, Hawkins was not only a titan of early jazz, but also a progenitor of developments to come.

Eric Reed, one of the standout pianists of his own generation, came to Jazz at Lincoln Center last November to celebrate the 110th birthday anniversary of Coleman Hawkins. Jazz Night In America visits Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola to take in a special set led by the hard-swinging Reed.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
5:35 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Reginald Cyntje Group At Bohemian Caverns

Reginald Cyntje.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 8:54 am

The Washington, D.C. area trombonist Reginald Cyntje speaks English with an accent — it's a patois from the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he grew up. He also plays jazz with a Caribbean accent, where hard bop vocabulary meets reggae and calypso rhythms. His group draws from a rich regional talent pool of undersung talent, including two men — childhood friend and drummer Amin Gumbs and steel drum bebop master Victor Provost — who also hail from the Islands.

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Music News
5:37 am
Sat January 31, 2015

In A Few Fateful Years, One Record Label Blew Open The Blues

Charley Patton was the grandaddy of the Delta blues musicians, according to Jack White: "He's the one that all the other blues musicians looked up to. He's almost the beginning of the family tree."
Courtesy of the Revenant Archives

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 11:20 am

The story of Paramount Records is a story of contradictions. It was a record label founded by a furniture company, a commercial enterprise that became arguably the most comprehensive chronicler of African American music in the early 20th century. And yet, for Paramount's executives, music was an afterthought.

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Music Interviews
3:35 am
Sat January 31, 2015

Diana Krall: Liner Notes From A 'Wallflower'

Diana Krall's latest album, a collection of jazz takes on rock and pop classics, is called Wallflower.
Bryan Adams Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat January 31, 2015 11:20 am

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

Danilo Pérez On Piano Jazz

Danilo Pérez.
Courtesy of the artist

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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