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10:29 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Clark Terry, Ebullient Jazz Trumpeter, Has Died

Clark Terry wasn't just a trumpeter with flawless technique; he was also, according to one peer, a "natural-born educator" who devoted much of his later career to passing on his immense musical knowledge.
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Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 5:22 pm

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Music
3:43 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

'That Blew My Mind': Raiding The Lead Belly Vault

Lead Belly.
William Gottlieb Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways and the Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 6:30 am

The story of Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter reads like a parody of the brutal bluesman biography: Kill a man, go to prison — twice — then appeal for a pardon in a song. According to the legend, Lead Belly's undeniable talent convinced Texas Governor Pat Neff to let him go.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:07 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Jackie Cain On Piano Jazz

Jackie Cain.
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One half of the jazz vocal duo Jackie & Roy, Jackie Cain was an icon in the cabaret world, with a smooth, feathery voice. Her ability to express a full range of emotions as a performer allowed her to traverse the broad landscape of American popular song.

In this 1999 episode of Piano Jazz, host Marian McPartland and bassist Dean Johnson join Cain for performances of "Wait 'Til You See Her" and "You Don't Know What Love Is."

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1999.

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Jazz Night In America Videos
12:05 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

How To Turn A One-Man Band Into A 10-Piece Orchestra

Henry Butler (left) and Steven Bernstein.
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Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 1:29 pm

When trumpeter and composer/arranger Steven Bernstein first met the virtuoso pianist Henry Butler, he says he was floored. "This is it," he recalls thinking. "This is like the music that I always imagined. Everything you ever loved about music, all being in one place, but now it's all coming from one person." Decades later, when they two finally began to work together, Bernstein started to study Butler's playing — and realized there were more than a few licks that set Butler apart.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
11:23 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Anat Cohen & Choro Aventuroso At Jazz At Lincoln Center

Anat Cohen.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 8:48 am

The jazz clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen comes from Israel, studied and lives in the Northeastern U.S., and maintains a deep affinity for Brazilian music. Specifically, she's a specialist in the Afro-Western, improvisatory, instrumental music known as choro — an analogue of early jazz in the U.S. — where her clarinet is a lead instrument. She now helms a group called Choro Aventuroso, a quartet whose other members hail from Brazil, which takes the style as a launching pad for further adventures.

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