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Song Travels
9:39 am
Fri February 13, 2015

René Marie On 'Song Travels'

René Marie.
Joe Boggess Courtesy of the artist

Jazz singer, songwriter and actress René Marie launched her career in 1999 with her self-released debut album, Renaissance, and quickly found success as a performer and recording artist. Her 2013 album, I Wanna Be Evil, is the first ever tribute album to the late Eartha Kitt. You can hear Kitt on an episode of Piano Jazz from 1993.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
8:35 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Eartha Kitt On Piano Jazz

Eartha Kitt.
Amy Sussman Getty Images

Most people probably know Eartha Kitt for her famous recording of the seductive "Santa Baby" or perhaps for her role in the campy '60s television series, Batman — and on this Piano Jazz, she even threw in a few trademark growls for good measure. However, her musical and performance career went far deeper than that, as is evident on this program.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
4:49 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Marcus Roberts And The Modern Jazz Generation At Jazz At Lincoln Center

Marcus Roberts.
John Douglas Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 10:02 pm

The pianist Marcus Roberts rose to prominence as a gifted performer — first with the Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center bands for years, then with his own trio and as a classical soloist. Along the way, he's become a mentor to many younger musicians, training many on the bandstand and from his professorship at Florida State University. That's given rise to a new group called The Modern Jazz Generation, which recently released a suite of original work called Romance, Swing, and the Blues.

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A Blog Supreme
10:57 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Introducing The Reginald Cyntje Group: Who Are These Guys?

Saxophonist Brian Settles takes a solo, with bandleader Reginald Cyntje looking on.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

The artists featured on this week's Jazz Night In America Wednesday Night Webcast are, by a fair margin, the least-known performers we've had on the program. Their names don't travel far outside the underrated musicians' community of the mid-Atlantic — specifically, Washington, D.C. — but not for lack of talent. They're among the premier musicians in the region, some being bandleaders themselves, and they all have strong individual sound identities.

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Music Interviews
3:35 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Bird Of A Feather: Rudresh Mahanthappa On Learning From Charlie Parker

Rudresh Mahanthappa's latest album is Bird Calls.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 7:53 am

In the early 1980s, when a young sixth-grader in Colorado first heard Charlie Parker, his life was transformed. Now a world-class saxophonist, Rudresh Mahanthappa is paying homage to Parker with his new album, Bird Calls. Mahanthappa says it's a tribute to Charlie Parker — but there are no Charlie Parker songs here.

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