jazz http://tpr.org en Remembering Jazz Legend Charlie Haden, Who Crafted His Voice In Bass http://tpr.org/post/remembering-jazz-legend-charlie-haden-who-crafted-his-voice-bass <em>Jazz legend Charlie Haden has died. Polio damaged Haden's voice when he was young, but as a bassist and composer, Haden helped shape the sound of jazz and still spanned country and gospel. For more on Haden's life and music, you can hear Melissa Block speak with </em>Slate<em> columnist and jazz critic Fred Kaplan at the audio link on this page.</em><p><hr /><p>Bassist and composer Charlie Haden, whose resonant playing and penetrating melodic craft influenced generations of jazz musicians, died this morning in Los Angeles, after a prolonged illness. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:38:00 +0000 editor 34940 at http://tpr.org Balcones Heights Jazz Festival Starts July 11 At Wonderland Mall http://tpr.org/post/balcones-heights-jazz-festival-starts-july-11-wonderland-mall <p>The Balcones Heights Jazz Festival will soon kick off.</p><p>“The Balcones Heights Jazz Festival runs this year for four consecutive Friday nights: July 11, 18, 25, and August 1," said Balcones Heights Director of Community Initiatives Lorenzo Nastasi.</p><p>“The venue is really remarkable -- at Wonderland of the Americas around that wonderful reflecting pool, the amphitheater setting, the grassy hillside.” &nbsp;</p><p>And then there’s the music. It's all Jazz, but jazz features a lot of iterations.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:11:46 +0000 Jack Morgan 34161 at http://tpr.org Balcones Heights Jazz Festival Starts July 11 At Wonderland Mall Remembering Horace Silver, Hard Bop Pioneer http://tpr.org/post/remembering-horace-silver-hard-bop-pioneer Jazz pianist, bandleader and composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15404943/horace-silver">Horace Silver</a> died Wednesday at age 85. <em>Fresh Air</em> critic Kevin Whitehead says that Silver had been off the scene awhile, but his influence is as strong as ever. Hear an appreciation. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Remembering+Horace+Silver%2C+Hard+Bop+Pioneer&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 33761 at http://tpr.org Modern Jazz Rising Star Jose James Makes First Texas Appearance In San Antonio http://tpr.org/post/modern-jazz-rising-star-jose-james-makes-first-texas-appearance-san-antonio <p>A musician coming to San Antonio this weekend is creating quite a buzz.&nbsp; He’s José James, and his sound is not the usual thing. He describes it this way: “Jazz, soul, R&amp;B, singer/songwriter, indie rock, you know. We take you on a musical journey."</p><p>The Minneapolis transplant to New York is deep in a tour now, and as it turns out, his San Antonio gig will be his first time to the Lone Star state.</p><p>“I’ve never been to Texas so I’m super excited," James said. "I’m not sure what to expect except great food and I heard a killer audience, so I’m ready.”</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:43:27 +0000 Jack Morgan 33683 at http://tpr.org Jazz Pianist, Composer Horace Silver Dies At 85 http://tpr.org/post/jazz-pianist-composer-horace-silver-dies-85 <strong>This post was updated at 5:40 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Pianist and composer Horace Silver, who created a rhythmic jazz known as "<a href="http://www.jazzinamerica.org/LessonPlan/8/6/211">hard bop</a>" that combined R&B and gospel to go along with his eclectic style of piano playing, has died at age 85, his son confirms.<p>Silver began as a tenor saxophonist playing in clubs in his native Connecticut, where he was discovered by Stan Getz. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33634 at http://tpr.org Jazz Pianist, Composer Horace Silver Dies At 85 Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies http://tpr.org/post/ethereal-jazz-singer-jimmy-scott-dies Singer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15395174/little-jimmy-scott" target="_blank">Jimmy Scott</a> died of natural causes Thursday morning at his home in Las Vegas at age 88, according to his booking agent, Jean-Pierre Leduc. <p>Scott suffered from Kallmann's syndrome, a lifelong affliction that prevented his body from maturing through puberty. The condition slowed his growth, leaving his stature at 4 feet 11 inches until his late 30s. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 33391 at http://tpr.org Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies Jazz Pianist Ted Rosenthal Has A Feel For Gershwin http://tpr.org/post/jazz-pianist-ted-rosenthal-has-feel-gershwin Transcript <p>DAVE DAVIES, BYLINE: This is FRESH AIR. Ted Rosenthal an early winter of the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition has played George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" solo and with symphonic and jazz orchestras. Now he's recorded a version for jazz trio as part of the problem. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Rosenthal has a real feel for the material.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "RHAPSODY IN BLUE")<p>KEVIN WHITEHEAD, BYLINE: As familiar as Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" is you can overlook how radical it sounded. Fri, 30 May 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 32593 at http://tpr.org Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75 http://tpr.org/post/cause-celebration-iconic-blue-note-records-75 Blue Note Records is the kind of record label that people like to call "storied" — so celebrated and impactful that no one narrative can capture its essence. From swing to bebop and hard bop, through fusion and the avant-garde, Blue Note has been telling the story of jazz in the grooves of its records since 1939 — and for its 75th anniversary, it's releasing remastered vinyl editions of some gems from its catalog. Wed, 28 May 2014 20:45:00 +0000 NPR Staff 32492 at http://tpr.org Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75 Heir To A Jazz Legacy, A Trumpeter Finds His Own Way http://tpr.org/post/heir-jazz-legacy-trumpeter-finds-his-own-way Jazz composer and trumpeter Theo Croker opens his new album, <em>AfroPhysicist</em>, with an ode to his grandfather: New Orleans jazz great <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/94930761/doc-cheatham" target="_blank">Doc Cheatham</a>. The thing is, Croker didn't grow up in New Orleans or any other jazz hub. He's from Jacksonville, Fla., and he was just a child when his grandfather died in 1997. It wasn't until his grandfather's memorial services — attended by jazz legends — that he decided to join the legacy.<p>"I didn't understand what a legacy was," he tells NPR's Audie Cornish. Tue, 20 May 2014 21:18:00 +0000 NPR Staff 32056 at http://tpr.org Heir To A Jazz Legacy, A Trumpeter Finds His Own Way Summer Art & Jazz Festival Coming To Crockett Park http://tpr.org/post/summer-art-jazz-festival-coming-crockett-park <p>The San Antonio Summer Art and Jazz Festival is coming. It’s a three-day music and art event and it all starts next Friday night.</p><p>"We’re bringing in about 12 artists from around the United States," said Anthony Tobias, founder of the San Antonio Summer Art and Jazz Festival.</p><p>“Starts on May 30, and starts at 5 p.m.," said Tobias. "And then on Saturday and Sunday it starts at noon and goes all the way to 10 p.m. It’s located at Crockett Park, 1300 North Main and Cypress."</p><p>I asked about the variety of jazz he was presenting.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 20:21:27 +0000 Jack Morgan 31833 at http://tpr.org