NPR Jazz Live
Apr 10, 2013 — With his ever-changing Fairgrounds band, the drummer gets to mix and match his favorite musicians. And when you've been tapped to play drums for Chick Corea, Ray Charles and Brad Mehldau, you get to know a lot of musicians. Ballard and a multi-generational band play live in New York.
May 16, 2013 — Hear passionate improvisation across borders on Colombian harp, Argentinian bandoneón, Venezuelan cuatro and vibes from the U.S. In a set with Castañeda, his trio and special guests perform at the Americas Society in New York.
May 15, 2013 — Ever since he started becoming one of the best alto saxophone players in the world, Zenón has drawn from his upbringing in Puerto Rico. But, like many Puerto Ricans, Zenón lives in New York — where his quartet of 10 years has finally been invited to play the Vanguard. It presents new music in concert.
May 9, 2013 — The quartet specializes in a distinct strain of deconstructionist improvised music: jazz that aims at fun by bouncing off the walls. Led by slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein, the band parties to the themes of spaghetti western film composer Nino Rota.
May 9, 2013 — Palmieri plays the whole piano, and he's not shy about throwing an elbow or forearm to get the effect he needs. As a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, the piano original plays The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
May 9, 2013 — A go-to choice for jazz heavies and arena-level singer-songwriters alike, drummer Allison Miller made time to cultivate her own working band in the past few years. Fresh off the band's second studio album, and a tour to support it, she leads her singular quartet in a New York homecoming.
May 2, 2013 — On opening night at San Francisco's newly constructed, free-standing building designed for and dedicated to jazz, fans filled the stunning Robert N. Miner Auditorium at the SFJAZZ Center for a maiden voyage and festive concert.
Apr 25, 2013 — This is the set by Allison Miller and her Boom Tic Boom project that became the hit of the 2012 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. With bassist Todd Sickafoose setting up the tunes, Marty Ehrlich adds color and range with saxophones and clarinet. Pianist Dan Tepfer spins figures under and around everybody. Players pair off and rejoin, chase one another and catch up.
Apr 18, 2013 — JazzSet is in Boston for Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, a release concert for the album created by Carrington, professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music. It's a trio album with ensemble touches, and in this concert from Berklee Performance Center, Carrington's students are in the mix.
Apr 11, 2013 — Onstage in Orvieto, Italy, the trombonist, composer and fabulist Mauro Ottolini and his Sousaphonix play music for his science-fiction tale Bix Factor. Then, in Perugia, J.P. Jofre plays the tango with a string orchestra in an opera house from the 1700s. Hear them on JazzSet.