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Jaki Byard On Piano Jazz

Nov 6, 2015

Arranger and composer Jaki Byard (1922–1999) played jazz piano, as well as alto and tenor saxophone. A partner of Maynard Ferguson and a member of bands led by Charles Mingus, Byard went on to become an educator, teaching at the New England Conservatory and other institutions.

All of Marisa Anderson's music has travelled thousands of miles. This is literally true — the Portland, Ore. guitarist spent her late teens and twenties walking across the United States — and it's one of her gifts as a musician. She revels in the journey, in the process that of getting from point A to point B.

About a year ago, trumpeter Marquis Hill, now 28, traveled to Los Angeles, played five tunes for a panel of judges, and won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. You can think of it as a sort of Heisman Trophy for young jazz artists, meaning that a lot more people discovered his talent in a hurry.

George Wallington On Piano Jazz

Oct 30, 2015

Bop pianist George Wallington (1924–1993) was born in Sicily and moved to the U.S. with his family in the 1920s. He became part of the New York music scene in the 1940s and played with greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan and Lionel Hampton.

In the beginning, there was the blues. A while later, there was hip-hop. And then, in the early 1990s, the musical melting pot of G. Love and Special Sauce served up something called hip-hop blues.

Now, 10 albums in, G. Love and Special Sauce are still cooking with help from artists including DJ Logic, Citizen Cope, Ozomatli and David Hidalgo from Los Lobos. The band's new album is called Love Saves The Day, and frontman G. Love joined NPR's Rachel Martin from the studios of WBGH in Boston to talk about it. Hear their conversation at the audio link.