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Jazz Highlights


  • Pianist Palmieri Rebounds With Film Score

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

    We're in the midst of March Madness and if you love basketball,or even independent films, you may have seen a recent documentary about “streetball.” The film’s up-tempo score is by a Latin music legend who is performing in Stockton, Eddie Palmieri.

  • 2014 Brubeck Festival

    Every year fans and scholars of the great Dave Brubeck gather to celebrate and explore his music and philosophies at the Brubeck Festival in Stockton, put on by University of the Pacific. This years' festival is March 27 - 29.

  • Wynton Marsalis Interview

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

    World-renowned jazz composer Wynton Marsalis will be playing the music of Duke Ellington this month in in Grass Valley. Capital Public Radio’s Jazz Music Director Gary Vercelli spoke to Marsalis ahead of the concert.

  • Jazzman Anton Schwartz: Math, Music And A Career At The Crossroads

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    Native New Yorker Anton Schwartz came to the west coast in pursuit of a PhD in artificial intelligence at Stanford University. Then his life took a detour and the already accomplished jazz musician put away his slide rule and picked up his saxophone.

  • Live at The Crocker Art Museum

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    A special showcase in this week as Sound Advice travels to downtown Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum. Gary Vercelli & Beth record in front of a live studio audience.

  • Devin Yamanaka Brings the Funny

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

    Devin Yamanaka brings the funny this week with jazz by Lorraine Feather, Blossom Dearie, Frank Vignola & more.

  • Insight Studio Sessions: Brubeck Institute's Joel M. Ross and Simon Rowe

    Monday, October 28, 2013

    Just back from a performance in Washington D.C. with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, vibraphonist Joel M. Ross performs Dave Brubeck's composition "In Your Own Sweet Way" at CapRadio with Institute Director Simon Rowe.

  • 'Singing Just To Me': Gregory Porter On Musical Inheritance

    Friday, September 13, 2013

    The jazz artist, who turned to singing when an injury ended his football career, claims three people as his main influences: his minister mother, his absentee father, and Nat King Cole. He discusses his musical life and the new album Liquid Spirit.


  • Jazz Review: Tierney Sutton: After Blue

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    Devin Yamanaka shares her take on this Joni Mitchell-tribute record that injects Tierney's own brilliance into the recordings.

  • Jazz Review: Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band: Game Changer

    Thursday, September 19, 2013

    Jazz director Gary G. Vercelli dives into Ali Ryerson's latest release, saying it elevates the flute to a "whole new level of acceptance and recognition." Listen to Vercelli's interview with Ryerson and watch a video on the making of the CD.

  • Jazz Review: Gilad Edelman: My Groove, Your Move

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013

    Devin Yamanaka shares her take on this collection from Gilad Edeleman. From a Cole Porter tune through an updated version of a hard bop classic, this CD is one for your playlist.

More Jazz Reviews

Jazz News from NPR

First Listen: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, 'Landmarks'

One of the world's best jazz drummers is also a singer-songwriter, session man for Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and the son of a preacher man. It's all potently distilled for his band of over 15 years.

Steely Dan On Piano Jazz

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker are masters of irony and erudition. The pair perform their Steely Dan hit "Josie" and standards "Mood Indigo" and "Hesitation Blues."

Why Metallica's Bassist Is Producing A Jazz Documentary

Metal superstar Robert Trujillo never spoke with the late Jaco Pastorius. But Trujillo is funding a film and a new compilation of demo recordings from his personal bass guitar hero.

Jason Moran On JazzSet

At the KC Jazz Club, Moran sets up two tunes with pre-produced sound montages, including a unique take on "Honeysuckle Rose." Hear Moran's long-running Bandwagon trio play Washington, D.C.

Jazz Journalists Association Recognizes Its Musicians Of The Year

Longtime friends and collaborators Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter headline the numerous performing artists, ensembles and recordings awarded for achievement in the year 2013.

Marie Marcus On Piano Jazz

Cape Cod's "First Lady of Jazz" performs a medley of tunes by Fats Waller, her stride-piano mentor, in this session from 1983.

Dee Dee Bridgewater On 'Song Travels'

The singer performs two of Billie Holiday's signature songs, "Loverman" and "God Bless the Child," and discusses the haunting experience of portraying Holiday onstage.

5 Points Where Poetry Meets Jazz

Structured and free, sonic and rhythmic, poems and jazz music seem like natural partners. For National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month, here are some notable collisions between the two.

Billy Childs Quartet On JazzSet

Recorded live at The Blue Whale in Los Angeles, the Grammy-winning pianist and his quartet make psychic connections to Freddie Hubbard via "Bolivia."

Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies

The trombonist and three fellow musicians from Houston started one of jazz's most popular groups in the 1960s. As the times changed, so did their music — and their success magnified further.

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