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Song Travels
2:40 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Bobby McFerrin On Song Travels

Bobby McFerrin.
Carol Friedman Courtesy of the artist

The Grammy Award-winning Bobby McFerrin joins host Michael Feinstein to talk about his musical evolution. In addition to demonstrations of his a cappella style, McFerrin performs a number of songs from Porgy and Bess and shares a bluegrass track from his 2013 album Spirityouall.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
1:53 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Alice Coltrane On Piano Jazz

Alice Coltrane.
Chuck Stewart

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 7:27 am

On this episode of Piano Jazz, pianist and composer Alice Coltrane shimmers on a set of her original tunes and honors the legacy of her husband, saxophonist John Coltrane. She also duets with host Marian McPartland in Trane's "Giant Steps" and "Miles' Mode."

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
11:58 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio On JazzSet

Dr. Lonnie Smith.
Benedict Smith Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 2:14 pm

Hammond B3 organ master Dr. Lonnie Smith recently led his trio through a soulful set before a sold-out house at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club in Washington, D.C. The good doctor turns 70 this year, and he's still a leader and innovator on his instrument. He's also gaining a whole new audience, as young musicians and producers sample his deep, relentless grooves.

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Music Reviews
10:02 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Still 'Out To Lunch' 50 Years Later

Eric Dolphy in Copenhagen, 1961.
JP Jazz Archive Redferns

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 3:15 pm

1964 was a great year for cutting-edge jazz records like Albert Ayler's Spiritual Unity, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme and Andrew Hill's Point of Departure. But none sounds as far ahead of its time as Eric Dolphy's masterpiece Out to Lunch, recorded for Blue Note on Feb. 25, 1964.

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A Blog Supreme
5:03 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Rail, Radio And Booze: A Look At Montreal Jazz History

Pianist Oscar Peterson was the biggest name to emerge from the golden age of jazz in Montreal.
Bettmann/CORBIS

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 9:38 am

Jazz fans may know the Canadian city of Montreal for the Montreal International Jazz Festival, one of the world's largest. Or maybe they heard that Oscar Peterson, the virtuoso pianist, grew up there. But there's a fascinating history behind the city's jazz community which predates either of those two — one that intersects railways, prohibition and the black neighborhood of Little Burgundy.

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