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Big Band Suites - Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Rufus Reid, Darcy James Argue, Brian Krock

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Duke Ellington envisioned long-form jazz compositions before the technology was created to support them. After being limited to around six minutes on two sides of a 78 RPM disc, the advent of the 12' Long-Playing record liberated Ellington and other jazz composers to conceive and record extended compositions. Several contemporary composers are continuing to explore the ...

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Hard Bop Still Cookin’ - Terell Stafford, The Cookers, Aaron Diehl, Chano Dominguez, Poncho Sanchez

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Since the 1950s, there have consistently been players who found in Hard Bop a comfortable place to return to, even as the focus of the music ebbed and flowed. Perhaps, this is because so many heroes of modern jazz created the music that defined the genre, players like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, ...

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Israeli Expats in NYC: Omer Avital, Anat Cohen, Avishai Cohen, and More

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Fueled by the arrival of guitarist Roni Ben-Hur in 1985 and bassists Omer Avital and Avishai Cohen in the late nineties, a network of Israeli musicians have steadily filtered into New York over the past twenty years. Several have risen to the highest levels of acclaim. Playlist Host Intro 0:00 Lynne Arriale Quartet “Dance ...

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Modern Big Bands: Christian McBride, Marshal Gilkes, Gerald Wilson, Brian Lynch and More

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Since the early days of jazz, composers, arrangers, and players have sought out large ensembles for their potential for rich expression and vibrant musical color. Even in the heyday of small-group dominated bebop, Dizzy Gillespie formed a big band as soon as he could. To this day, while few bands can hold together as touring units, ...

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Pulitzer and Polar Prizes —Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith, Wayne Shorter

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Much of Jazz at 100 Today! so far has focused on younger musicians who are making their mark on the music. In this hour, we look at the late career accolades for Henry Threadgill and Wadada Leo Smith who have been honored by the Pulitzer Prize Committee, and Wayne Shorter, the recipient of the 2017 Polar ...

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Great Young Singers - Cécile McLorin Salvant, Charenee Wade, Jazzmeia Horn, Veronica Swift

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In 1987, the first Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition was held. Among the winners were Marcus Roberts and Joey DeFrancesco. On a roughly annual basis, the competition is held, now focussing on a different instrument each year and renamed in 2019 the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Competition. The competitions in 2010 ...

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The Legacy of Leonard Bernstein: Policastro, Sanabria, Nash, Moran, Bloom

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In 2018, Leonard Bernstein would have been 100 years old, generating renewed interest in his work. His compositions, especially those from West Side Story continue to inspire many fine jazz performances with their beautiful melodies, compelling rhythms, and unique harmony. 100th birthday tributes by Bobby Sanabria & the Multiverse Big Band and, on the other end ...

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Presenting Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

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To many, Wynton Marsalis's big band, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, founded in 1987, is the face of jazz. With an international touring schedule, they have kept the tradition of big band jazz alive while recording an admirable series of discs. Yes, they record their share of classic jazz, but more than a museum of antique ...

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Bird at 100: Rudresh Mahanthappa, Joe Lovano, Vincent Herring and More

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Charlie Parker was born 100 years ago (August 29, 1920). Although he died at the age of 34 in 1955, his legacy is so powerful that jazz would have been very different without his contributions. In the intervening 65 years, Bird's music has continued to influence and inspire several generations of players and fans. In the ...

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Tenor Sax Trios: JD Allen, Charles Owens, Mark Turner

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Since Sonny Rollins' landmark recordings in 1957 and 1958 (Way Out West, A Night at the Village Vanguard, Freedom Suite), tenor sax plus bass and drums has been an attractive format for many tenor players. As Michael J. West wrote in Jazz Times “when jazz artists ... began experimenting with chordless ensembles in the 1950s, the ...


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