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  • Saxophonist Jimmy Greene: Listen Now

    December 11, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Saxophonist Jimmy Greene talks with Rhonda Hamilton about his new CD "Beautiful Life," which honors his daughter Ana Grace, who passed away in Newtown, CT on Dec. 14, 2012.

    Greene performs at New York's Jazz Standard. Dec. 11-13 with Sachal Vasandani & Jean Baylor on  vocals, Renee Rosnes and Orrin Evans on piano, Luke Sellick, bass, Jimmy MacBride, drums, and other special guests.

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  • A Jazz Piano Christmas 2014

    December 11, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

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    Harold Mabern, Kris Davis, Lynne Arriale and Cyrus Chestnut perform at A Jazz Piano Christmas 2014. (Image Credit: NPR)

    Every year, NPR Music invites a handful of the world's top keyboard players to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. We ask them to play some of their favorite holiday music for the audience — solo — and the recording becomes the public radio special A Jazz Piano Christmas.

    For its 25th anniversary, the program welcomes four artists. Harold Mabern, 78, is one of the great post-bop pianists. Kris Davis brings a distinct, experimental style that's made her a celebrated rising talent. The veteran performer Lynne Arriale returns to A Jazz Piano Christmas, and Cyrus Chestnut, at home in both the church and dialing up dazzling high-speed runs, has recently been named a professor at nearby Howard University.

    Jazz Night In America presents the 2014 edition of A Jazz Piano Christmas from the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center.

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  • Ellis Marsalis At 80

    December 11, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

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    Ellis Marsalis celebrated his 80th birthday in performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center. (Image Credit: Lawrence Sumulong/Jazz at Lincoln Center)

    Ellis Marsalis has four famous musical sons — Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis — but considering his career, he's a father figure for many more musicians. In high school and college classrooms, he's been the major figure in New Orleans jazz education since the time that formal jazz education didn't exist. And as a pianist, he carved out a space for contemporary jazz in his hometown, and has grown into an elder statesman of the scene.

    He turned 80 in November, and to celebrate, Jazz at Lincoln Center — where his son Wynton is managing and artistic director — hosted him and his band at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Jazz Night In America was in the house for Ellis Marsalis' birthday.

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