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Jazz United: A Podcast From WBGO
37 minutes | 11 days ago
Jazz United Takes the Measure of Pixar's 'Soul'
“The tune is just an excuse to bring out the you . That’s why I became a jazz musician.”
46 minutes | a month ago
Braided Together: Jazz United Reflects on Trauma and Resilience in Our Year in Review
So many of us are more than ready to put 2020 into the rearview.
47 minutes | a month ago
Behind the Overdog: Jazz United Takes a Closer Look at the 2021 Grammy Nominations
With each year’s new slate of Grammy nominations, there comes a wave of armchair analysis . Which artists have the momentum this year? Who got unjustly overlooked? How many more awards can overdog Chick Corea win before they retire his jersey and call it a day?
33 minutes | 2 months ago
How Dezron Douglas and Brandee Younger Turned Lockdown Into an Inspired New Album
Until this year, the term “force majeure” was a necessary safeguard in a business contract, but a truly rare occurrence.
48 minutes | 2 months ago
Sleeping Giants: The Brief Reign and Brilliant Legacy of Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi Band
Fifty years ago, Herbie Hancock formed a sextet on the vanguard of electroacoustic music. We remember it now as Mwandishi, after the title of its debut album — the first of three studio releases in as many years, during a run that has largely been overshadowed in the scope of Hancock’s career. Wedged between the curvilinear post-bop of the 1960s and the strutting jazz-funk of Head Hunters , Mwandishi embodied a distinct alignment of time and space, a moment unlikely to be replicated.
40 minutes | 3 months ago
As Keith Jarrett Closes a Chapter, Jazz United Reflects on His Monumental Solo Piano Career
The musical community absorbed some devastating news this week, when Keith Jarrett revealed that he may never return to public performance.
38 minutes | 3 months ago
Ella Fitzgerald, Come Harvest Time: Jazz United Fondly Reappraises the First Lady of Song
By the early 1960s, Ella Fitzgerald was an established international artist, beginning to reap the fruits of a 25-year career.
38 minutes | 5 months ago
Let's Call This: Thelonious Monk, Lost & Found
It’s never a bad time to talk about Thelonious Monk. His indomitable music and incorruptible example serve as a renewable resource, because there’s always something fresh to uncover, another brilliant corner to explore.
40 minutes | 5 months ago
A Newport Jazz Festival of the Mind
Right about now, in any other year, many of us would be gearing up for a trip to Newport, R.I. This year, of course, is different. The Newport Jazz Festival is one of countless pleasures put on hold, with a hopeful marker in place for next year. Which got us thinking not only about what we’re missing, but also about what the festival means — as a summer ritual, as a rite of passage, as a historical nexus, as a brand name.
26 minutes | 6 months ago
Self-Determined, Then and Now: A Focus on Charles Tolliver
Charles Tolliver has lived his share of jazz history. As a fiery young sideman with Jackie McLean and Max Roach in the 1960s, he joined a lineage of exalted post-bop trumpeters, more than holding his own. But Tolliver also set a model of self-determination in the ‘70s, with a DIY record label called Strata-East.
17 minutes | 6 months ago
What We Lost, and Gained, In a Livestream Age
Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been sorely missing live music. But in at least one sense, we haven’t lost the experience of real-time musical exchange.
24 minutes | 7 months ago
Music For the Movement on Jazz United
This past February — before the phrase “social distancing” had entered our lexicon — the two of us, Greg Bryant and Nate Chinen, got together to hear some music. Greg had recently moved up from Nashville to become the host of Jazz After Hours on WBGO. Nate, WBGO’s editorial director, suggested catching a set someplace before the overnight shift, which is how we found ourselves at the Jazz Standard for the Ravi Coltrane Quartet. Not only was the music wonderful and the hang refreshing, but we also decided to keep the lines of communication open. If the opportunity presented itself, could we work together across our lifelong disciplines — broadcast media for Greg, print journalism for Nate — in a way that would be fun for us, and engaging for our musical community? As expansive as our respective platforms can be, we've learned over time that they can also be limiting. Sometimes we can’t fit everything we want to share about an artist or a situation in an article on wbgo.org , or during
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