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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
11:45 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Introducing Marcus Roberts And The Modern Jazz Generation

Marcus Roberts.
NPR

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 12:54 am

Regular visitors to Jazz at Lincoln Center know Marcus Roberts the pianist — as a former member of Wynton Marsalis' bands and the Jazz at Lincoln Orchestra, he still returns often with his own groups. But since leaving Marsalis, he's also become a mentor to many younger musicians, both on the bandstand and in the classroom. His new 11-piece ensemble the Modern Jazz Generation combines his trio with many of his younger protégés, looping the feedback full circle.

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A Blog Supreme
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.
Courtesy of the artist

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.
NPR

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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