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3:18 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Kamasi Washington's 3-Hour Jazz 'Epic,' Complete With Creation Myth

Kamasi Washington's new album is called The Epic.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 4:52 pm

When Kamasi Washington called his new album The Epic, he meant it.

His band has two drummers, two bass players, both piano and keyboards. There are three horns and two lead vocals. There's a 20-piece choir and a 32-piece string section.

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3:51 am
Sun May 10, 2015

At 70, Keith Jarrett Is Learning How To Bottle Inspiration

Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett is celebrating his 70th birthday with two new releases: the classical exploration Barber/Bartók and the live compilation Creation.
Henry Leutwyler Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 3:37 pm

Keith Jarrett hit a milestone this past week: The famed jazz pianist turned 70 years old, and he's decided to mark the occasion with two new releases. One offers his take on two important classical works; the other, Creation, documents how his creative process plays out in front of a host of live audiences.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:02 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Sharon Freeman On Piano Jazz

Sharon Freeman.
Barbara Weinberg Barefield Wikimedia Commons

In addition to being a lauded pianist, composer and arranger, Sharon Freeman is an accomplished French-horn player. She's worked with many jazz greats, including Gil Evans, Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton and Charlie Haden.

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2:30 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Violinist Federico Britos Returns To The Hot Club

In his long career, 76-year-old Uruguayan violinist Federico Britos has played with many of the top jazz artists in the U.S. and Latin America.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 5:25 pm

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:21 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Vijay Iyer Trio: Tiny Desk Concert

Vijay Iyer Trio performs a Tiny Desk Concert on April 20, 2015.
Olivia Merrion NPR

Vijay Iyer is probably best known as a pianist and bandleader in the African-American creative improvisational tradition — most say "jazz" for short — though he's also several other things in music. He's a composer of chamber, large-ensemble and mixed-media works; a Harvard professor; a student of Indian classical music; a father and New York City resident. Committed as he is to multiplicity, there's one place where you can see many of his interests distilled at once: in the trio he's led for nearly a dozen years.

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