Bluegrass' most beloved pros often play well into their 80s and 90s, so it would surprise no one if our children's children's children turn up at a Sarah Jarosz concert 70 years from now. The singer and multi-instrumentalist first surfaced as an 18-year-old wunderkind with the release of 2009's Song Up In Her Head, which generated the first of what will likely be many Grammy nominations; now a grizzled 22, she's out performing songs from her fine new third album, Build Me Up From Bones.
For this 2006 episode of Piano Jazz, trumpeter Ellen Seeling brought her longtime collaborator and the assistant director of the Montclair Women's Big Band, saxophonist Jean Fineberg, as well as New York drummer Allison Miller.
Tune in on Saturday the 7th at 10pm for the next presentation of All This Jazz, right here on Public Radio 89.5-1. (We'll also offer, per custom, a 7pm re-airing of our program on Sunday the 8th on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.)
Each week, ATJ conveys modern jazz, both recent and classic, from Coltrane and Chet to Miles and Moody, from Wynton and Weather Report to Scofield and Sandoval. Also, the second half of our two-hour program always carries a "theme."
Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 12:05 pm
This wound up being a spectacular year for elaborate, lavishly packaged reissues. Given all the fabulous classical box sets that appeared this year, you'd think we were in some kind of boom era for music served up on compact discs. (2013? More like 1993.)
South African President Nelson Mandela joins the choral group at the signing of the country's new constitution at Sharpeville stadium in 1996. Mandela lived a life filled with rich musical associations.
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The former South African president Nelson Mandela has lived a life filled with rich musical associations.
Steve Lacy used to say that the right partner can help you make music you couldn't get to by yourself. Take the quartet William Parker founded in 2000, for example. Parker's bass tone was always sturdy as a tree trunk, but power drummer Hamid Drake gives him lift. The upshot is that free jazz can swing, too. The quartet's front line is another firm partnership: quicksilver alto saxophonist Rob Brown and flinty trumpeter Lewis Barnes.
This Saturday marks the 72nd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Join us on Big Band Saturday, December 7th, for this special show. The musical memories of that fateful time including seasonal recordings and other hits of the World War II years.
Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 11:39 am
Many jazz musicians write music here and there, but it's still a leap for someone to go from "writing tunes" to taking pride in the art of composition. The alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius, based in New York for a decade now, is headed that way. After releasing his fourth album, Infinite Blue, earlier this year, he's now set to premiere a new set of compositions for jazz octet. While We're Still Young is a suite based on the illustrated book of children's poems When We Were Very Young, by Winnie-The-Pooh creator A.A.