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Don’t miss this soulful chapter of the Acid Jazz Experience. Eddie Palmieri is featured in a great salsa set with Ray Barretto & The Blackout Allstars, Luisito Quintero, Pete Escovedo (remixed), and La India.
In talking with Capital Public Radio’s Gary Vercelli, John Pizzarelli reflects back on 32 years of work as a professional musician, recounting the influences of Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, George Shearing, Benny Goodman, and his prolific father.
Dave Brubeck, the legendary jazz pianist and composer who defied jazz conventions with tunes like "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk" died of heart failure in Norwalk, Conn. Wednesday. Here we honor the northern California native and Pacific alum.
Singer and guitarist for Sons of Champlin and Chicago, Bill Champlin performs at Harlow's in downtown Sacramento this Saturday, January 21, 2012. He spoke by phone with David Watts Barton on Thursday's Insight.
Recent changes to the long-standing festival are already yielding results.
Celebrate jazz as the universal language of freedom with a live concert from Istanbul, Turkey. More than 80 events in 30 countries are part of the festivities. Watch a replay of the concert any time, on-demand.
Capital Public Radio's Gary Vercelli talks about Jazz Appreciation and Public Radio Music Month, and the latest Jazz releases.
April marks the 12th anniversary of Jazz Appreciation Month. Launched by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2002, JAM shines the spotlight on the extraordinary history of jazz and its importance in American culture.
The 2013 Brubeck Festival in Stockton is the first since the passing of the festival's namesake who died last December at age 91. But the spirit of jazz great Dave Brubeck is very much alive this week at the multi-faceted, citywide celebration.
Capital Public Radio music hosts and Insight's Beth Ruyak discuss and feature new and noteworthy jazz recordings.
Jazz News from NPR
Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World
The two artists are known opposites in the world of instrumental music. On Metheny's latest, the jazz guitarist wrings an unexpectedly visual listening experience from Zorn's knotty compositions.
Sarah Vaughan: A New Box Set Revels In Glorious Imperfections
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.
Rudresh Mahanthappa On Piano Jazz
Mahanthappa brings an explosive blend of jazz and South Indian classical music to the studio.
Grady Tate On Piano Jazz
Grady Tate began his jazz career as a much-celebrated drummer, backing such icons as Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones. Tate has since traded in his skins for a microphone at center stage, where he delivers smooth and soulful baritone vocals. With pianist John di Martino, Tate sings "Everybody Loves My Baby" and "Where Do You Start."
Woody Herman At 100: 'A Blues Player From His Heart'
He was a soulful reedman, an amazing talent scout for decades and a bandleader of one of the country's most popular acts. Born in 1913, Herman led "Thundering Herds" that were both big draws and well-respected by the likes of Igor Stravinsky. Here are five recordings which still sound fresh today.
Edmar Castañeda And Friends On JazzSet
Hear passionate improvisation across borders on Colombian harp, Argentinian bandoneón, Venezuelan cuatro and vibes from the U.S. In a set with Castañeda, his trio and special guests perform at the Americas Society in New York.
Miguel Zenón Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard
Ever since he started becoming one of the best alto saxophone players in the world, Zenón has drawn from his upbringing in Puerto Rico. But, like many Puerto Ricans, Zenón lives in New York — where his quartet of 10 years has finally been invited to play the Vanguard. It presents new music in concert.
Gregory Porter: A Lion In The Subway
In the arts mecca of New York City, subway buskers are often overqualified. But they're not usually world-class jazz singers with the lungs and charisma of old-school soul stars. Accompanied only by a pianist, Porter performs "Be Good (Lion's Song)" on a vintage subway car in downtown Brooklyn.
Balancing Influences: Saxophonist Mahanthappa Blends Styles
Rudresh Mahanthappa's work always seems to be filed under jazz, but it's hard to find a style he doesn't touch: hip-hop, country, metal and soul fused with traditional sounds from India, Africa and Indonesia. And he makes it rock.
A DIY Guide To The History Of Women In Jazz
"Women in Jazz Day" officially hits New York City Friday, complete with a new documentary on the subject. While the celebration is deserving, it remains incomplete, commentator Lara Pellegrinelli says. She lists many more resources on the subject — on film, print and wax.