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  • John Patitucci on "Brooklyn": Listen Now

    June 23, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Bassist John Pattitucci talks with Michael Bourne about his album "Brooklyn," which features his melodic playing on six-string bass. Patitucci performs at the Montreal Jazz Festival June 30. Enjoy!

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  • WBGO Says Goodbye to NEA Jazz Master Gunther Schuller

    June 21, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO says farewell to NEA Jazz Master Gunther Schuller, who died today at age 89. The composer sought  to combine jazz and classical music in his seventy-year career, and coined the phrase "Third Stream" to describe this style.

    In 2008, he was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, the nation's highest honor for jazz musicians and advocates. WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton was on hand for the occasion, and we'd like to share their memorable conversation with you again now.

    Thank you, Gunther, and rest in peace!

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    Schuller began his career as a French horn player in the early forties, and recorded with trumpeter Miles Davis and other jazz musicians while also principal hornist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman were among the jazz artists whose works he championed at this time.

    In 1959, he left performance to concentrate on scholarship and composition. He served as president of the New England Conservatory for twenty years, and as artistic director for the Tanglewood Music Center for fourteen. His two volumes on "Early Jazz" and "The Swing Era" are foundational texts of jazz musicology.

  • All In The Family: Father-Son Pairings In Jazz

    June 19, 2015

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    Saxophonist 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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