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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Balcones Heights Jazz Festival Starts July 11 At Wonderland Mall

Steve Oliver.
Kaye Runner

The Balcones Heights Jazz Festival will soon kick off.

“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.

“The venue is really remarkable -- at Wonderland of the Americas around that wonderful reflecting pool, the amphitheater setting, the grassy hillside.”  

And then there’s the music. It's all Jazz, but jazz features a lot of iterations.

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Music
2:00 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Remembering Horace Silver, Hard Bop Pioneer

Jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Horace Silver died Wednesday at age 85. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead says that Silver had been off the scene awhile, but his influence is as strong as ever. Hear an appreciation.

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Arts & Culture
12:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Modern Jazz Rising Star Jose James Makes First Texas Appearance In San Antonio

A musician coming to San Antonio this weekend is creating quite a buzz.  He’s José James, and his sound is not the usual thing. He describes it this way: “Jazz, soul, R&B, singer/songwriter, indie rock, you know. We take you on a musical journey."

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.

“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.”

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The Two-Way
3:20 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Jazz Pianist, Composer Horace Silver Dies At 85

American jazz pianist Horace Silver performs at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, Netherlands, in 1988.
Frans Schellekens Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 4:43 pm

This post was updated at 5:40 p.m. ET.

Pianist and composer Horace Silver, who created a rhythmic jazz known as "hard bop" that combined R&B and gospel to go along with his eclectic style of piano playing, has died at age 85, his son confirms.

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A Blog Supreme
4:30 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies

Jimmy Scott performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2001.
Leon Morris Redferns

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 12:59 pm

Singer Jimmy Scott died of natural causes Thursday morning at his home in Las Vegas at age 88, according to his booking agent, Jean-Pierre Leduc.

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. It also affected his vocal cords, giving him a high voice that was often misidentified as a woman's.

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Music Reviews
10:47 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Jazz Pianist Ted Rosenthal Has A Feel For Gershwin

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 10:45 am

Transcript

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.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "RHAPSODY IN BLUE")

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Music Articles
3:45 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75

Drummer Art Blakey, who recorded for Blue Note from 1954 to 1965, in the studio.
Francis Wolff Blue Note Records

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 10:48 pm

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. But the real legacy of the label is too big to capture on disc.

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Music
4:18 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Heir To A Jazz Legacy, A Trumpeter Finds His Own Way

Theo Croker's new album, AfroPhysicist, comes out May 20.
Thomas Brodin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 9:20 am

Jazz composer and trumpeter Theo Croker opens his new album, AfroPhysicist, with an ode to his grandfather: New Orleans jazz great Doc Cheatham. 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.

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Arts & Culture
3:21 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Summer Art & Jazz Festival Coming To Crockett Park

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.

"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.

“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."

I asked about the variety of jazz he was presenting.

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Music Reviews
11:05 am
Fri May 16, 2014

In 1970, Miles Davis Played Four Sets For A New Audience

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 12:36 pm

Transcript

DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

In June 1970, Miles Davis played four nights at New York's rock palace Fillmore East, following earlier appearances there and at San Francisco's Fillmore West. A complete recording of all four of those June sets are now available for the first time.

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says the jazz trumpeter had gone to the Fillmore in search of a new audience.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Good evening. With great pleasure, Mr. Miles Davis.

(APPLAUSE)

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MILES DAVIS: (Instrumental)

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