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19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Stanley Turrentine: Saxophone 'Sugar Man'

From NPR Music

Known for his big, warm sound, saxophonist Stanley Turrentine found inspiration in the blues and turned it into a hugely successful career in music.

Added: Sep 10, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Buddy Collette: 'Man of Many Parts'

From NPR Music

Red Norvo is the lesser known of the two early pioneers of the vibraphone in jazz (the other is Lionel Hampton). This show looks at the multi-facet...

Added: Oct 16, 2007 | Length: 53:57
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Louis Armstrong: 'The Man and His Music,' Part 2

From NPR Music

By his early thirties, Louis Armstrong had already revolutionized jazz forever. Working with his mentor "King" Oliver in Chicago, Armstro...

Added: Oct 17, 2011 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Duke Ellington, The Overview Pt1

From NPR Music

He is now hailed as one of America's greatest musical eminences. But Duke Ellington's early career is the story of how a bright yet unremar...

Added: Nov 07, 2007 | Length: 53:59
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way

From NPR Music

Unlike the vast majority of jazz musicians, Dave Brubeck was blessed with both talent and commercial success. His renowned 1950s quartet recorded s...

Added: Oct 17, 2011 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Remembering Max Roach, Rhythmic Innovator

From NPR Music

Drummer Max Roach was one of the most innovative and influential musicians in jazz.

Added: Sep 20, 2011 | Length: 53:59
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Bob Brookmeyer Tribute

From NPR Music

Bob Brookmeyer had a unique voice on valve trombone and piano. He was a composer and arranger of compelling, brilliant music and became one of the...

Added: Feb 09, 2012 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Art Tatum, 'The Musician's Musician'

From NPR Music

One of the greatest improvisers in jazz history, Art Tatum also set the standard for technical dexterity with his classic 1933 recording of "T...

Added: Oct 17, 2011 | Length: 58:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Norman Granz: Jazz Genious Behind The Scenes

From NPR Music

The trumpeter spent many years writing, managing and playing for his brother's celebrated band.

Added: Aug 21, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Jackie McLean: Jackie's Bag

From NPR Music

In nearly six decades of performing, the alto saxophonist lived a quintessential jazz survivor's life. The bebop veteran emerged from the shado...

Added: Aug 07, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Milt Hinton: "The Ultimate Timekeeper"

From NPR Music

Bassist Milt Hinton, known as the "Judge," was considered to be the ultimate timekeeper.

Added: Nov 17, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Fletcher Henderson: 'Architect of Swing'

From NPR Music

Bandleader, arranger and pianist Fletcher Henderson is one of the most influential — and yet least-known — jazz masters. During his orchestra's...

Added: Oct 12, 2011 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Frank Sinatra: 'The Voice'

From NPR Music

Frank Sinatra's vocal instrument left a permanent mark on 20th Century America.

Added: Dec 12, 2007 | Length: 57:59
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Charles Mingus: 'Fables of Bass' Part 1

From NPR Music

Charles Mingus was a big man and he played an instrument made for him, the bass.

Added: Apr 23, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Gil Evans: Distinction in Arranging

From NPR Music

In a career spanning more than 50 years, the legendary "arranger's arranger" created his music using a diverse palette of musical col...

Added: May 14, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Melba Liston: Bones Of An Arranger

From NPR Music

She was a gifted trombonist, a crack arranger, and against the odds, a woman in jazz.

Added: Jul 09, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Nat King Cole, Part 1: The Pianist

From NPR Music

The iconic singer was also an elegant pianist whose tight groups popularized the jazz piano trio.

Added: Feb 06, 2008 | Length: 53:56
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Ellis Larkins: The Patient Pianist

From NPR Music

Larkins was a classically trained pianist and teacher, as well as the first black student at the Peabody Conservatory. But he's best remembered...

Added: Oct 08, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Jay 'Hootie' McShann: Kansas City Swingman

From NPR Music

Hootie" to his friends, bluesman supreme Jay McShann was a living legacy of Kansas City jazz.

Added: Oct 29, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Louis Jordan: 'Jukebox King'

From NPR Music

The saxophonist and singer's hard-driving chart toppers made him into a founding father of R&B.

Added: Mar 06, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Gerry Mulligan: Intricacy in a Lower Register

From NPR Music

Saxophonist, composer, and arranger Gerry Mulligan was a principal figure in the cool jazz movement of the '50s.

Added: Apr 15, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Count Basie-The Man and his Music (part 2)

From NPR Music

The story picks up with the death of Benny Moten and the genesis of Count Basie's first band at the Reno Club in Kansas City.

Added: May 28, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Hoagy Carmichael: 'Stardust Melodies'

From NPR Music

Composer, pianist and singer Hoagy Carmichael was a master of popular song. His best-known songs are now American standards and include "Stard...

Added: Mar 12, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

The Village Vanguard: A Hallowed Basement

From NPR Music

The small triangular room with low ceilings and remarkable acoustics has staged plenty of essential jazz recordings. But it's only a small frac...

Added: Aug 29, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Louis Armstrong: 'The Trumpeter'

From NPR Music

Before Louis Armstrong ever sang a duet with Ella Fitzgerald or Bing Crosby, there was just a lanky young man with a bright, beautiful horn. That y...

Added: Oct 17, 2011 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Red Norvo: 'Mr. Swing'

From NPR Music

A thoroughly modern musician, Red Norvo brought the mallet instruments to jazz.

Added: Oct 24, 2007 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Charlie Parker: "Bird Lives!" Part 2

From NPR Music

The legendary alto saxophonist Charlie Parker was one of those rare artists who seemed to change the world of jazz. In the second of a two-part Jaz...

Added: Oct 04, 2011 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Nat King Cole, Part 2: The Singer

From NPR Music

Nat King Cole...we all know the voice, but he was much more than a stylish balladeer.

Added: Feb 06, 2008 | Length: 53:56
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Jazz in Song: The Singing Instrumentalists

From NPR Music

Many heralded jazz artists display lyricism, through both their instruments and their voices.

Added: Jan 17, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Jazz in Song, The Words

From NPR Music

Johnny Mercer knew: A song's notes can stir the soul, but it's the lyrics which pierce the heart.

Added: Jan 09, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Tito Puente: 'El Rey'

From NPR Music

A dynamic percussionist, veteran bandleader, masterful arranger and an irrepressible showman, Tito Puente Sr. is forever remembered as El Rey — the...

Added: Oct 17, 2011 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Nat Adderley: Brotherly Swing

From NPR Music

He devoted much of his career to the band led by his more famous brother, saxophonist Cannonball Adderley. But behind the billing, the younger sibl...

Added: Aug 27, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Paul Desmond: 'The Sound of a Dry Martini'

From NPR Music

With his darkly lilting approach, the alto saxophonist rose to fame beside Dave Brubeck's piano.

Added: Jan 02, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Harry "Sweets" Edison: Simplicity In Swing

From NPR Music

Known as a premier accompanist to singers and a masterful soloist, the inimitable trumpeter cultivated a spare yet bluesy approach. His career span...

Added: Jul 23, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Etta Jones: "The Best Kept Secret in Jazz"

From NPR Music

Etta Jones sang professionally for over 50 years, yet she steadfastly remained a "best-kept secret" throughout her career. With the clari...

Added: Oct 13, 2011 | Length: 54:01
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Betty Carter: Fiercely Individual

From NPR Music

An electric performer, Carter was an irrepressible and incomparable practitioner of the jazz vocal tradition. For nearly 50 years, the intense voca...

Added: Aug 21, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Bessie Smith: Blues Empress

From NPR Music

No blues singer can escape the influence of Bessie Smith, "The Empress of the Blues."

Added: May 06, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Miles Davis, Part 2: 'Kind of Blue'

From NPR Music

The best-selling jazz record of all time is a universally acknowledged masterpiece, revered as much by rock and classical music fans as by jazz lov...

Added: Oct 17, 2011 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Sun Ra: 'Cosmic Swing'

From NPR Music

He was an avatar of free improvisation and the first to bring electronics and synthesizers into jazz. But he was also a pianist for the Fletcher He...

Added: Oct 30, 2007 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Jimmy Witherspoon: Shouting The Blues

From NPR Music

Blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon had a deep, smoky voice and recorded dozens of albums and fronted bands and orchestras.

Added: Jul 02, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Gene Ammons: 'The Jug'

From NPR Music

The immense yet under sung tenor saxophonist helped shape what became known as soul jazz and R&B.

Added: Feb 20, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Billie Holiday: 'Lady Sings the Blues'

From NPR Music

Billie Holliday could take any song and make it her own. Her personal battles are legendary and it was that pain that fueled her songs. But, her im...

Added: Oct 17, 2011 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Mary Lou Williams, 'Perpetually Contemporary'

From NPR Music

Mary Lou Williams was not only present for nearly every development in jazz music -- she was influential to most of them. In her compositions, arr...

Added: Apr 30, 2010 | Length: 54:31
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Bud Powell: Bebop Pianism

From NPR Music

Pianist Bud Powell was admired by his contemporaries as an adventurous original with a style marked by unrivaled virtuosity. Today, he is remembere...

Added: Oct 13, 2011 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Al Grey: The Last Big Time Plunger

From NPR Music

Trombonist Al Grey was highly regarded as "the last of the big time plungers" thanks to his skill at using a plumber's plunger to man...

Added: Oct 23, 2008 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Charles Mingus: 'Fables of Bass' Part 2

From NPR Music

In the mid-'50s, the bassist emerged as a truly innovative composer and uncompromising bandleader.

Added: Apr 30, 2008 | Length: 53:58
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Johnny Hartman, 'The Romantic Balladeer'

From NPR Music

Johnny Hartman was the quintessential romantic balladeer. The only singer to record with John Coltrane — on the iconic album John Coltrane & Jo...

Added: Oct 17, 2011 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Abbey Lincoln: "The Power of Voice"

From NPR Music

Abbey Lincoln was a legendary jazz singer who believed in singing as a political act. She died August 14, 2010 in Manhattan. Lincoln was 80.

Added: Aug 16, 2010 | Length: 53:59
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

Mel Tormé: The 'Velvet' Voice of Jazz

From NPR Music

Blessed with impeccable timing and a smooth, mellow timbre, Mel Tormé was known during his heyday as "The Velvet Fog."

Added: Oct 04, 2011 | Length: 54:00
19 Oct 2018 WJFF

James Moody: In The Mood

From NPR Music

He was a virtuoso musician, known for his work on multiple saxophones and flute. He was also a man who radiated love: When you met him, he'd ho...

Added: Oct 17, 2011 | Length: 54:00