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Jazz Musician of the Day: Eliane Elias

Jazz Musician of the Day: Eliane Elias | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Jazz Musician of the Day: Eliane Elias - Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots, her sensuous, alluring voice with her impressive instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Eliane’s performing career began in Brazil at age seventeen, working for three years with Toquinho and Vinicius de Moraes

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BBC - Music - Review of Chick Corea & Gary Burton - Hot House

BBC - Music - Review of Chick Corea & Gary Burton - Hot House | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Duos are often feted for their intimacy, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't have any energy. At their most dynamic, pianist Corea and vibraphonist Burton, formerly sidemen to Miles Davis and George Shearing respectively, make for a Catherine wheel combination, playing scores of notes in quick succession with a percussive drive and sharpness of attack that reflect a cast-iron command of bebop.

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Album: Esperanza Spalding, Radio Music Society (Decca)

Album: Esperanza Spalding, Radio Music Society (Decca) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

When the jazz bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding's Chamber Music Society secured her last year's Grammy for Best New Artist, her Wikipedia page was targeted by enraged Bieberphiles, as if she had personally slighted their hero. Despite this obvious recommendation, the more radio-friendly follow-up still proves hard to love.

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Interview: Larry Greene (Part 2)

Interview: Larry Greene (Part 2) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Back in the late 1940s, the number of radio stations in the U.S. multiplied rapidly thanks to the F.C.C.'s willingness to hand out licenses. Many of these stations filled airtime with records rather than live musicians.
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World-Renowned Ukulele Player? Yes, There is Such a Thing

World-Renowned Ukulele Player? Yes, There is Such a Thing | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Compared to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, Shimabukuro’s live concerts are an out-of-the-box blend of stunning virtuosity, deep musicality and a natural entertainer’s flair.

CNN’s “Next List” feature stated: “Shimabukuro's approach to songs on the ukulele often shatters convention. There's an unexpected sophistication that defies the instrument's perceived limitations. His musical palette is eclectic— encompassing rock, jazz, old 'uke' standards, and covers of songs no one would ever think to play.”

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Jazz Columns: Tom Reney Asks: What's the Matter with Kids Today? - By Tom Reney — Jazz Articles

Jazz Columns: Tom Reney Asks: What's the Matter with Kids Today? - By Tom Reney — Jazz Articles | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

I was a guest lecturer on jazz for two music appreciation classes at a private New England liberal arts college yesterday. You might say I had my work cut out for me. None of the 42 students in these classes had ever heard of Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, or Duke Ellington. That's right, DUKE ELLINGTON. I double-checked, tried to enourage even a wink or raised eyebrow from anyone who might have felt shy about acknowledging their sophistication, but it was to no avail. What added to my shock and dismay over this revelation of American cultural illiteracy was learning that a couple of the kids had played in high school jazz ensembles.

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Jazz Articles: Bassist Victor Wooten Hosts Trivia Contest - By Megan Kaplon — Jazz Articles

Jazz Articles: Bassist Victor Wooten Hosts Trivia Contest - By Megan Kaplon — Jazz Articles | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Victor Wooten—one of the premier bassist in jazz and rock, most famous for his work with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones—is hosting a contest to raise music awareness and promote learning, as well as thank his fans for their support. The Grand Prize is a private in-home concert from Wooten himself, with other prizes including gear from Samson, Hartke, Fodera and Wooten’s Camps at WootenWoods.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Mark Murphy

Jazz Musician of the Day: Mark Murphy | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

'Mark Murphy is to jazz singing what Bobby Fisher is to chess.' Jazz journalist Dan Morgenstern [weirdly] writes, 'I can't help relishing his sure and swinging time, his musical and ever-inventive phrasing and that certain quality of sound and feeling combined with time and taste that to me spells jazz.'

Murphy is 'a hipster's hipster,' writes the New York Post. Jazziz magazine concurs, 'he is one of the true remaining jazz hipsters of our time.' 'Mark has devoted a long career to singing the hippest music with the best musicians,' states Leonard Feather. 'Consider the company he has kept on records. In the '60s,

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Baseball, jazz share roots, scholars say

Baseball, jazz share roots, scholars say | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

 In the 1840s and 1850s African-Americans were playing ball on dusty diamonds on plantations throughout the South. As the game evolved and African-Americans began to migrate from the South to the North, a connection with baseball's Negro League and swing jazz music was born.

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New book on ‘how modern Africa reshaped jazz’

Following his lengthy Thelonius Monk biography, historian Robin DG Kelley, has a new book, “Africa Speaks, America Answers,” on how “modern Africa reshaped jazz, how modern jazz helped form a new African identity, and how musical convergences and crossings altered the politics and culture of both continents.” The book covers the careers of four artists. Ghanaian drummer Guy Warren and South African jazz singer Sathima Bea Benjamin* — who both made careers in the United States — are featured. The African-Americans Randy Weston (piano) and Ahmed Abdul Malik (bassist) make up the rest.

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Gospel Meets Jazz, With Unpredictable Results : NPR

Two recent albums, from Don Byron's New Gospel Quintet and Charlie Haden and Hank Jones, offer contrasting perspectives on the intersection of two quintessentially American music styles.
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Music and More: The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Thelonious Monk (Blue Note, 1994)

Music and More: The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Thelonious Monk (Blue Note, 1994) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Brought to Blue Note Records by saxophonist and A&R man Ike Quebec when the label was looking to branch out from traditional to modern jazz, the iconoclastic composer and pianist Thelonious Monk recorded for the Blue Note from 1947-1952. No stranger to the jazz scene, Monk was center stage at the bebop evolution (read Robin D.G. Kelly’s excellent biography for all the details) and also played with the likes of Coleman Hawkins during the war years. The first three discs of this collection draw together all of the master and alternate takes available from Monk’s work as a leader on the label. 

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Nazi rules for jazz performers - Boing Boing

Nazi rules for jazz performers - Boing Boing | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Famed Czech radical Josef Skvorecky recently died at 87 in his adopted land of Canada. In the Atlantic, JJ Gould remembers Skvorecky through his memoirs, including a detailed list of the rules for jazz performers during the Nazi occupation. The Reich's Gauleiter for the Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia issued a 10-point regulation that Gould calls "the single most remarkable example of 20th-century totalitarian invective against jazz."

1 Pieces in foxtrot rhythm (so-called swing) are not to exceed 20% of the repertoires of light orchestras and dance bands;
2 in this so-called jazz type repertoire, preference is to be given to compositions in a major key and to lyrics expressing joy in life rather than Jewishly gloomy lyrics;

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Jazz Review: Tania Maria's 'Tempo' Is Brazilian Jazz At Its Finest

Jazz Review: Tania Maria's 'Tempo' Is Brazilian Jazz At Its Finest | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Charmingly intimate, Tania Maria's Tempo is a duo album that finds the pianist/vocalist pairing up with bassist Eddie Gomez for a run through eight beautiful pieces of work.

Maria released her debut, Olha Quem Chega, back in 1971 in her birthplace of Brazil. A move to France in the late 70s really allowed her to reach the stratosphere of the international jazz community and she was eventually noticed by Charlie Byrd at an Australian concert. From there, Maria was introduced to the founder of Concord Records, Carl Jefferson, and the action headed to North America.

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Kenny Garrett: Seeds from the Underground – review

Kenny Garrett: Seeds from the Underground – review | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

A gifted and experienced post-Coltrane improviser, alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett's first instinct is for scorching free-sax sermons over stirring McCoy Tyneresque piano chords (his regular Venezuelan pianist Benito Gonzalez is a devoted Tyner disciple), but his problem is how to make one album marketably different from another. Seeds from the Underground does have an identity of its own – Garrett's lyrical Japanese and Korean enthusiasms are downplayed, every soulfully postboppish theme is repeated for long enough that the audience can't forget it, and there's more soul/world-music vocal content. It's an uneven, rather unfinished-sounding album, but there are two gorgeous minimal-improv ballads – the sombre, film-noirish Detroit and the almost Sidney Bechet-like Ballad Jarrett, while the gripping solos on some rhythmically tricksy uptempo pieces (influenced by his role in the Chick Corea/John McLaughlin Five Peace Band) are typically intense.

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INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tommy Flanagan

INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Tommy Flanagan | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

All About Jazz is celebrating DT pianist Tommy Flanagan's birthday today!
Rarely has such unanimously unstinting praise been bestowed on a less self-congratulatory recipient.

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Charlie Haden - Etudes (Soul Note 1993, 2011)

Charlie Haden - Etudes (Soul Note 1993, 2011) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Veteran bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Paul Motion joined up with then precocious newcomer pianist Geri Allen for a rousing set of performances that were near the state of the art for the piano trio playing modern jazz.
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Jazz Departments: Jeff Hamilton: Recapturing the Red Sparkle - By Lee Mergner — Jazz Articles

Jazz Departments: Jeff Hamilton: Recapturing the Red Sparkle - By Lee Mergner — Jazz Articles | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Born in Richmond, Indiana, drummer Jeff Hamilton cut his teeth on the touring big bands, performing at a young age with the bands of Tommy Dorsey, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and Count Basie. He had a long working relationship with bassist Ray Brown, with whom he played in various configurations. He is the co-leader along with John Clayton of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, a staple on the Los Angeles jazz scene. And he leads his own trio with pianist Tamir Hendelman and bassist Christoph Luty. He has recorded over 200 albums, including many as a leader or co-leader, including his current album, Red Sparkle.

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Kate Bush, As Heard By This Dude Who Sings Jazz: A Conversation : NPR

Kate Bush, As Heard By This Dude Who Sings Jazz: A Conversation : NPR | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
The German-born vocalist Theo Bleckmann has made his name in the U.S. traversing the fields of jazz, cabaret and contemporary classical music. On his new album, one idiosyncratic, border-crossing singer reinterprets another.
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Roberto Fonseca returns with

Roberto Fonseca returns with | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Alongside the Latin jazz licks whipped up by Fonseca's piano and keyboards are percussionist Baba Sissoko, Etienne Mbappe on bass, Sekou Kouyateon kora, Munir Hossn on guitar, accompanied by the Cubans Joel Hierrezulo on percussion, Ramses Rodriguez on drums and Felipe Cabrera on double bass. There are vocal collaborations from Faudel, Fatoumata Diawara, Assane Mboup and the spoken word artist Mike Ladd. Also included are the producers Gilles Peterson, who co-produced two tracks, and the American producer Count who mastered the album, and also remixed two of the tracks.

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How Django Reinhardt Survived World War II » Sociological Images

How Django Reinhardt Survived World War II » Sociological Images | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

A recent post on Boing Boing discussed the newly discovered “rules for jazz performers during the Nazi occupation.” Jewish and Black people — two groups targeted by the Nazis — were also the primary innovators of jazz music. But Germans loved jazz! How to handle such a contradiction? Rules for playing jazz music: no “Jewishy gloomy lyrics,” no “Negroid excesses in tempo,” and no “hysterical rhythmic reverses characteristic of the barbarian races.”

It’s well worth a look, as is this post from 2010 explaining how many groups vilified by Nazis survived the Holocaust by playing jazz for Nazi soldiers…

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I have a favorite historical musician: Django Reinhardt.

 

Reinhardt was a Roma jazz musician. During World War II both Roma and jazz musicians were targeted by the Nazi regime. Over a million Roma were exterminated for presumed racial inferiority and jazz was believed to combine the worst of Blacks and Jews (i.e., “musical race defilement”). Just listening to a jazz record could get you sent to a concentration camp.

Reinhardt, however, enjoyed the most lucrative period of his career during the war, while living and playing openly among Nazi soldiers.

How?

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Best jazz recordings of the year -- so far

Best jazz recordings of the year -- so far | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
The New Year hasn't yet produced a great jazz recording, but it certainly has yielded several excellent ones, all richly worth exploring.
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Jazz Soul Seven Release “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” On BFM Jazz | Mixture Of Sorts

Jazz Soul Seven Release “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” On BFM Jazz | Mixture Of Sorts | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
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Jazz Musician of the Day: Roy Haynes

Jazz Musician of the Day: Roy Haynes | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Roy Haynes was born in Boston, March 13, 1925, and was keenly interested in jazz ever since he can remember. Primarily self-taught, he began to work locally in 1942 with musicians like the Charlie Christian inflected guitarist Tom Brown, bandleader Sabby Lewis, and Kansas City blues-shout alto saxophonist Pete Brown. He has seen and actively participated in as much jazz history as about anyone, and he's still making good music.

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BBC - Music - Review of Esbjörn Svensson Trio - 301

BBC - Music - Review of Esbjörn Svensson Trio - 301 | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

This is no sweeping-up of studio off-cuts. This is one of e.s.t.’s greatest albums, and even arguably their ultimate work, in every sense of the word. It represents a colossal achievement, as they take their final bow. The 2007 material might be extremely varied in tone and approach, partly out of necessity, doubtless governed by the available recordings, but this circumstance works to the album’s advantage. It’s a summation of where the trio had been, and also of where these perpetually evolving players were heading next.

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