June 19, 2015Saxophonist Joshua Redman (left) performs on stage during the "Jazz sous les pommiers" jazz festival on May 9, 2013 in Coutances, France. Dewey Redman (right) performs in St. Paul, Minn., in 2007. (Image Credit: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images and Chris Felver/Getty Images)
Jazz is all about great collaborations, and in honor of Father's Day this weekend, composer and bassist Christian McBride, host of NPR's Jazz Night In America and a regular All Things Considered guest, stopped by for a conversation about fathers and sons.
"I'm not sure if jazz families are any more or less special, [or] dysfunctional, than any other family," McBride says with a laugh. "But with jazz families, you get more melody."
Below is an edited transcript of McBride's conversation with NPR's Audie Cornish.
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June 15, 2015
Every spring, a New York City community organization puts on a month's worth of jazz events centered around the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival turns the spotlight on a historically African-American region, and often some lesser-heard talents. Though Akua Dixon has played in just about every situation open to a cellist, less frequently does she lead a band bearing her own name. Her music often features her compositions and arrangements for a string ensemble, and occasionally adds her own voice to the mix as well.
Jazz Night In America visits the coffee shop and jazz club Sistas' Place — one of the key venues for the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival — to take in a set led by Akua Dixon. In addition to the band featured on her latest album, Dixon is also joined by her two children: vocalist Andromeda Turre and drummer Orion Turre. Watch a full set here.
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May 22, 2015Joe Temperley performs with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2013. (Image Credit: Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center)
Baritone saxophonist and clarinetist Joe Temperley has led an illustrious career spanning several decades, performing in some of the best big bands that ever were. Temperley, now 85, has performed with the orchestras of Humphrey Lyttelton, Woody Herman, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, and of course, Duke Ellington. For the past 25 years, Temperley has also been the heart and soul of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. As Wynton Marsalis has written, "There is no greater sound on earth, than Joe Temperley on a horn."
Jazz Night in America gets to know the man, listening to his original music and his new arrangements of Ellington favorites. Watch highlights from the concert here.
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