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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
2:44 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Revive Big Band: Where Jazz Meets Hip-Hop

Igmar Thomas and the Revive Big Band.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 5:16 pm

For trumpeter and composer Igmar Thomas, much in contemporary music is clearly evolved from improvised American music of eras past — jazz, in short. That insight led him to create the Revive Big Band, a large ensemble with a view to connecting the through-lines between hip-hop and its predecessors. With the Big Band, he might reconstruct how a jazz tune lent the sample for a modern classic, or unveil original works, or orchestrate special collaborations with soloists like tap dancer Savion Glover, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, or rapper Talib Kweli.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
8:24 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

SFJAZZ Collective Plays Joe Henderson And More

The SFJAZZ Collective.
Chuck Gee Courtesy of SFJAZZ

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 12:24 am

Every year, each of the eight members of the SFJAZZ Collective is tasked with two writing assignments. The first: Compose a new piece specifically for the band, which gathers some of the most outstanding performers on the modern jazz scene. The second: Rearrange a composition by the elder artist that the Collective has chosen to feature that year. For the 2014-15 season, SFJAZZ is paying tribute to a tenor saxophone titan, a composer of classic tunes and a long-time San Francisco resident: the late Joe Henderson.

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World Cafe
9:39 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Sinkane On World Cafe

Erez Avissar Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 3:26 pm

There's something entrancing about the electro-funk of Sinkane. The Brooklyn band is led by Ahmed Gallab, who spent time in Sudan as a child before moving around the U.S.

Sinkane subtly incorporates East African sounds, complete with a loping repetition of lyrics and musical phrases. Last year, the band released its third album, Mean Love, and it's the most concise and poppy Sinkane record yet.

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
9:03 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Marilyn And Alan Bergman On Piano Jazz

Alan (left) and Marilyn Bergman.
David Livingston Getty Images

Renowned lyricists and songwriters Marilyn and Alan Bergman have been the recipients of Oscars, Grammy, Emmys and many additional awards. Their works include "The Windmills of Your Mind" and lyrics for Yentl.

On this 1995 episode of Piano Jazz, they collaborate with host Marian McPartland as she accompanies Alan singing their trademark songs "The Way We Were" and "Nice 'n' Easy."

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Song Travels
8:41 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Nellie McKay On Song Travels

Nellie McKay.
David Kogut Courtesy of the artist

Singer, composer and actor Nellie McKay brings a comedic flair to her stage shows, including Nellie with a Z, in which she plays a cabaret veteran three times her age. Her music also has been featured on the television series Weeds, Grey's Anatomy and Boardwalk Empire. Her latest album, My Weekly Reader, is out March 24.

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