1:21 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Three Jazz Box Sets For Stocking Stuffers

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews three box sets featuring memorable pianists: the Chick Corea Trio's Trilogy, Herbie Hancock's Warner Bros. Years (1969-1972), and The Rosemary Clooney CBS Radio Recordings 1955-1961.

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12:03 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Steve Lacy's Monk Quartet, Solo Sax Albums Reissues

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 12:13 pm

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two reissues featuring the late soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy — a live recording of a 1963 quartet that only played Thelonious Monk tunes, and later music for solo soprano. Monk was always Lacy's biggest influence.

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3:57 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

50 Years Of John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme'

John Coltrane during the recording of A Love Supreme in December 1964.
Chuck Stewart Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 5:29 pm

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12:21 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Three Books For The Jazz Lover On Your List

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 3:33 pm

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews three jazz books out this holiday season—a singer's biography, a pianist's autobiography, and a fat coffee table book. Whitehead says they're all worth a look, though he has a couple of quibbles — and also a confession.

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5:31 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer'

Herbie Hancock's new memoir is titled Possibilities.
Jessica Hancock Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 9:26 am

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2:35 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

One Final Offering From John Coltrane

In November 1966, eight months before he died of cancer, John Coltrane played a concert at Temple University in Philadelphia. It was not a financial success --only 700 people showed up — and the band's high-energy music proved too much for some listeners. That concert recording is now officially out for the first time. It got Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead thinking about what Coltrane was up to.

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Arts & Culture
1:42 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Trumpet Sensation Chris Botti Coming To The Alamo City

Chris Botti
courtesy Arts San Antonio

There’s probably not two or three trumpet players you can name off the top of your head, but there’s one who’s become something of a sensation in the last few years. He’s Chris Botti, and he’s heading to San Antonio this month. 

“This particular concert we’re doing in San Antonio slots right between our Japanese tour and Mexico City, so we’re doing a little drive-by and I’m thrilled to be there with my band," says Botti.

Arts San Antonio is bringing Botti to the Laurie Auditorium on Friday, October 24th. He describes his concerts this way.

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Arts & Culture
1:57 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Jazzy Grammy Winner Coming to the Carver

Dianne Reeves
Jerris Madison

Another multi-Grammy Award-winning artist is coming to the Carver Cultural Arts Center.  Singer Dianne Reeves has a smooth, distinctive jazz style. 

“You can call me a jazz singer, that’s fine. That’s my foundation.”

I spoke to her recently. Having researched her background I made the observation “You seem to have music in your blood, right?”

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Arts & Culture
4:05 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

San Antonio, Are You Jazzier Than You Think?

Kody Melton

There’s a move afoot to put San Antonio a little more solidly in the jazz column. Here’s how one musician hopes to do it. He’s Adam J. Tutor. The J stands, well, kind of—for Jazz.

“And I am the leader of a group called Soulzzafying.”

Soulzzafying is a 4-piece jazz band, and here’s the layout.

“Myself on saxophone, a wonderful man named Ray Palmer, who runs the High Wire Arts, on the piano, Kevin Lewis—fantastic bass man. And Kory Cook, who is the music director at KRTU, and he is on the drums.”

Asked to describe what kind of music they play, he says this.

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Music Interviews
6:15 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Kat Edmonson: 'I Hear Myself As An Instrument'

Kat Edmonson's new album is called The Big Picture.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 10:07 am

Singer Kat Edmonson has always looked to the past for inspiration. Her music video for the song "Rainy Day Woman," for example, evokes the technicolor days of the 1960s; with her short-bobbed hair and big eyes that peer out from under an umbrella, Edmonson looks as if she stepped out of Breakfast At Tiffany's.

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