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North America's Best Jazz Clubs. Jazz music is one of America’s great art forms, a musical blend of cultures — West African rhythms, elements of spirituals and the blues, and America’s marching band instruments, brass and reeds — that evolved throughout the 20th century.

North America's Best Jazz Clubs

Its blooming spread across the nation. Jazz started off as a type of dance music played by self-taught instrumentalists in New Orleans, which was performed in brothels and bars. As the genre transitioned from the red light to the spotlight, Chicago became a hotbed for jazz in the North, turning out many great bandleaders, and Kansas City grew in reputation as the genre transitioned from swing to bebop. New York City became a new center for jazz by the mid-century, but by that time, popular clubs had popped up in most major cities. Harmonies and rhythms are an integral part of jazz, but equally important is the spontaneity.

Jazz venues aren’t cavernous concert halls. Criteria for Inclusion: Choosing the “best” of anything will always lead to debate. Joe Locke's Essential Jazz Listening. Joe Locke is a renowned jazz vibraphone player who has recorded with everyone from Grover Washington Jr. and Kenny Barron to the Münster Symphony Orchestra and the Beastie Boys.

Joe Locke's Essential Jazz Listening

The Jazz Journalists Association presented Locke the “Mallet Player of the Year” award in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and he has won Golden Ear Awards for “2005 Concert of the Year” and “2007 Concert of the Year.” Locke, the son of a classics professor, was raised in Rochester, New York and learned to play piano and drums at an early age. By the time he was 13, Locke had taken up vibraphone and during his teens, he studied with pianist Phil Markowitz and bassist Steve Davis. Locke has performed as a sideman on over 60 records ranging from Rod Stewart’s It Had to be You to Dianne Reeves’s Bridges. As a band leader, Locke has put out over 30 recordings, the latest of which, Love is a Pendulum has received superlative reviews. Gilad Hekselman's Essential Jazz Listening. Jazz guitarist Gilad Hekselman has created quite a buzz in the jazz community.

Gilad Hekselman's Essential Jazz Listening

In 2004, he arrived in New York, a student in his early twenties who had just received the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship to attend The New School in New York. In 2005, Hekselman won the Gibson Montreux International Guitar Competition and the following year, he opened for legendary flamenco player Paco de Lucia at the Montreux Jazz Festival. In 2006, he released his debut album Splitlife to enthusiastic reviews. Hekselman has performed with many jazz greats including John Scofield and Mark Turner, and in 2012 he was featured on Esperanza Spalding’s Grammy-winning album “Radio Music Society.” Released in 2013 on JazzVillage, a sub-label of the revered Harmonia Mundi, Hekselman’s fourth album, This Just In, shows the guitarist’s growth and refinement in a very short time. Jack Bruce - Over The Cliff. JACK BRUCE upright bass "over the cliff" things we like live.

Judith Owen - In the Summertime. Our Point Of View At Le Poisson Rouge. The 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll : A Blog Supreme. Steve Lehman edged out Wadada Leo Smith for the top spot in the 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll.

The 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll : A Blog Supreme

Willie Davis/Courtesy of the artist hide caption itoggle caption Willie Davis/Courtesy of the artist Steve Lehman edged out Wadada Leo Smith for the top spot in the 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll. Willie Davis/Courtesy of the artist NPR Music is pleased to present a poll in which 140 jazz critics picked their favorite recordings of 2014. For nine consecutive years, this poll has been a labor of love by eminent critic Francis Davis. Revive Big Band At Berklee. Interview: Herbie Hancock, Musician And Author Of 'Possibilities' Herbie Hancock's new memoir is titled Possibilities.

Interview: Herbie Hancock, Musician And Author Of 'Possibilities'

Jessica Hancock/Courtesy of the artist hide caption itoggle caption Jessica Hancock/Courtesy of the artist Herbie Hancock's new memoir is titled Possibilities. Jessica Hancock/Courtesy of the artist To listen to the music of Herbie Hancock is to witness an artist in constant evolution. Now, at the age of 74, Hancock is looking back on his sweeping career in a memoir called Possibilities. Steve Inskeep: There is this wonderful story in the book that touches at once on several strands of your life: You talk about getting into funk, and how you were chanting when it happened.

Herbie Hancock: The kind of music I had been playing before, with a band that we now call the Mwandishi band, was very far-out space music, untethered. You wanted to be tethered. I wanted to do something that was a little more earthy. Will you describe chanting, for those who have never done it? You were criticized for that change. Oh, yeah. To Miles, From Wayne. Frank Sinatra - Young at Heart (HQ, 720p, lyrics) Frank Sinatra - That's Life.

Frank Sinatra- I've got you under my skin. Frank Sinatra - Come Fly With Me. Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight Original. Frank Sinatra - I've Got the World on a String. Frank Sinatra - Witchcraft. Sarah Vaughan - Lullaby of Birdland. There's a Small Hotel. Blossom Dearie - I Walk a Little Faster. Blossom Dearie - Manhattan. 'Lush Life,' a Self-Portrait in Song. An analysis of Miles Davis's Kind of Blue. What is a classic album?

An analysis of Miles Davis's Kind of Blue

Not a classical album – a classic album. One definition would be a recording that is both of superb quality and of enduring significance. I would suggest that Miles Davis’s 1959 recording Kind of Blue is indubitably a classic. It presents music making of the highest order, and it has influenced — and continues to influence — jazz to this day. There were several important records released in 1959, but no event or recording matches the importance of the release of the new Miles Davis album Kind of Blue on 17 August 1959. But popularity or commercial success do not correlate with musical worth, and it is in the music on the recording that we find both quality and significance. The pianist here is Bill Evans, who was new to Davis’s band and a vital contributor to the whole project. Evans makes his mark throughout the album, though Wynton Kelly substitutes for him on the bluesier and somewhat more traditional second track “Freddie Freeloader.”

Saxophone (Coltrane) Rhythm a Ning Art Pepper quintet. Art pepper quartet live the trip live video. Ella Fitzgerald - Remind Me (the Jerome Kern songbook) Blossom Dearie - Thou Swell. Blossom Dearie - Just One of Those Things. Blossom Dearie - Manhattan. Blossom Dearie - I wish you love + Impro blues (Live french TV 1965) Patrick McGoohan drum solo. Ink Spots - If I Didn't Care. Hitler’s Very Own Hot Jazz Band. Lush Life - Hartman & Coltrane. Cannonball Adderley: 5 Songs From A Joyous Soul : A Blog Supreme. Hide captionCannonball Adderley.

Cannonball Adderley: 5 Songs From A Joyous Soul : A Blog Supreme

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Two words best encapsulate the music of alto saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley: "joy" and "soul. " It's those two qualities that helped make it possible for Cannonball's music to bridge the post-bop of the 1950s and '60s and the jazz fusion of the '70s and beyond. As well as leading his own groups, he was part of the group Miles Davis used to record the landmark Kind of Blue. Later, as Adderley perfected his own blend of bebop, funk, soul and R&B, he worked with future members of Weather Report like percussionist Dom Um Romao and keyboard player Joe Zawinul. Lena Horne - Stormy Weather (1943) Jeff Beck - How High the Moon. Mahavishnu Orchestra Live at BBC 1972. Shirley Bassey - Big Spender. Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman Sext - Where Or When.

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