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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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World Cafe
8:45 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Selwyn Birchwood On World Cafe

Selwyn Birchwood.
Paul Natkin Courtesy of the artist

Today's World Cafe guest is Florida bluesman Selwyn Birchwood. Out of the Tampa area, Birchwood, who plays guitar and lap steel, started out self-releasing his music before winning the 2013 International Blues Challenge with his band. That led to a record deal — and his debut album, Don't Call No Ambulance.

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A Blog Supreme
12:18 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Steve Coleman, Saxophonist And Innovative Composer, Named MacArthur Fellow

Steve Coleman practices in his backyard in Allentown, Penn.
Jeff Fusco Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Composer and alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, 57, has been named one of 21 new recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, commonly referred to as the "genius grant." The award is worth a unrestricted stipend of $625,000 over five years, as dispensed by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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