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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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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:00 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Joe Sample On Piano Jazz

Joe Sample.
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist and composer Joe Sample (1939-2014) began studying his instrument at age 5 and was exposed to a variety of musical traditions as a child. While still in high school in the late 1950s, he formed The Jazz Crusaders, a band he kept together for much of his professional life. On this episode of Piano Jazz from 2005, Sample and Marian McPartland team up for "I've Got Rhythm," and Sample solos in his original tune "Carmel."

Originally broadcast in the fall of 2005.

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
11:14 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Eric Reed Plays Coleman Hawkins

Eric Reed.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 8:34 pm

His instrument is now synonymous with jazz, but Coleman Hawkins was the first to carve out a place for the tenor saxophone in the music. A burly-toned player with an advanced harmonic understanding, Hawkins was not only a titan of early jazz, but also a progenitor of developments to come.

Eric Reed, one of the standout pianists of his own generation, came to Jazz at Lincoln Center last November to celebrate the 110th birthday anniversary of Coleman Hawkins. Jazz Night In America visits Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola to take in a special set led by the hard-swinging Reed.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
5:35 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Reginald Cyntje Group At Bohemian Caverns

Reginald Cyntje.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 8:54 am

The Washington, D.C. area trombonist Reginald Cyntje speaks English with an accent — it's a patois from the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he grew up. He also plays jazz with a Caribbean accent, where hard bop vocabulary meets reggae and calypso rhythms. His group draws from a rich regional talent pool of undersung talent, including two men — childhood friend and drummer Amin Gumbs and steel drum bebop master Victor Provost — who also hail from the Islands.

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