NPR's JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater http://kacu.org en Gretchen Parlato, The Cookers On JazzSet http://kacu.org/post/gretchen-parlato-cookers-jazzset Ninety years ago near the village of Katonah, N.Y., art lovers Walter and Lucie Rosen bought Caramoor, a wooded estate, and built a home for their collection of painting and sculpture. Every room was a gallery, including their favorite, the Music Room; after they lost their only son in World War II, they presented a small concert series there to honor him. So began the transformation of Caramoor from a private home to an arts center and treasure for Westchester County, north of New York City.<p>Today, every summer from June to August, Caramoor presents chamber music and a resident orchestra. Thu, 22 Nov 2012 13:03:00 +0000 editor 16804 at http://kacu.org Gretchen Parlato, The Cookers On JazzSet Billy Childs Quartet On JazzSet http://kacu.org/post/billy-childs-quartet-jazzset It's New Year's Eve at The Blue Whale, a "live jazz + art space" in the Little Tokyo section of downtown Los Angeles. Founded in 2009 by singer Joon Lee, this is a listening room. There's food at the bar, poetry (Rumi!) on the ceiling, and wall-to-wall people. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 21:57:00 +0000 editor 16552 at http://kacu.org Billy Childs Quartet On JazzSet Dee Dee Bridgewater On JazzSet http://kacu.org/post/dee-dee-bridgewater-jazzset <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15296069/dee-dee-bridgewater">Dee Dee Bridgewater</a>'s smile says it all: she's singing this week on <em>JazzSet </em>from the Caramoor Jazz Festival.<p>All summer, Caramoor presents chamber music, opera, Latin music, a resident orchestra and more — rain or shine. And it did rain in 2012, though the audience stayed dry under the Venetian Theater roof with Bridgewater and her awesome band.<p>Bridgewater's musical director is Edsel Gomez, arranger and pianist. He's her orchestra, pacesetter and descarga driver all in one. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 17:50:00 +0000 editor 16329 at http://kacu.org Dee Dee Bridgewater On JazzSet Lewis Nash Quintet, Kurt Elling On JazzSet http://kacu.org/post/lewis-nash-quintet-kurt-elling-jazzset There are three stages at the Newport Jazz Festival. At least two are always running simultaneously. Given the surfeit of options, it's rare to hear a complete set. The question begins to nag: <em>Should be we somewhere else? </em>And away you go, leaving a work in progress to make sure you don't miss one getting underway.<em></em><p><em></em>But sometimes if you choose a spot on the lawn and stay put, the juxtaposition of two bands delivers a fine festival experience. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 20:01:00 +0000 editor 15724 at http://kacu.org Lewis Nash Quintet, Kurt Elling On JazzSet John Ellis, Darcy James Argue On JazzSet http://kacu.org/post/john-ellis-darcy-james-argue-jazzset As we re-release these two sets from Newport, saxophonist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/91161786/john-ellis">John Ellis</a> (leader of one, player in the other) is leading workshops in Portugal and Italy. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/103816068/darcy-james-argue">Darcy James Argue</a> has released a studio recording of <em>Brooklyn Babylon, </em>and his Secret Society tied with the <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17003773/maria-schneider" target="_blank">Maria Schneider</a> Orchestra for the Big Band of 2013 in the just-out <em>DownBeat</em> Critics Poll. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:15:00 +0000 editor 15452 at http://kacu.org John Ellis, Darcy James Argue On JazzSet Bill Charlap And Renee Rosnes On JazzSet http://kacu.org/post/bill-charlap-and-renee-rosnes-jazzset From their spirited night of Chick Corea music alone, it's clear how <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/89354519/renee-rosnes" target="_blank">Renee Rosnes</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15343365/bill-charlap" target="_blank">Bill Charlap</a> love to play amongst horns and a rhythm section. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 20:32:00 +0000 editor 14927 at http://kacu.org Bill Charlap And Renee Rosnes On JazzSet Catherine Russell, Virginia Mayhew On JazzSet http://kacu.org/post/catherine-russell-virginia-mayhew-jazzset <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/92365682/catherine-russell">Catherine Russell</a> is a lady born to music. Her father, Luis Russell (1902-63), was Louis Armstrong's orchestra leader beginning in the mid-1930s. Her mother, Carline Ray, is a bassist, singer, great all-around musician and a member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the 1940s all-woman band that swung as hard as the men. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 19:54:00 +0000 editor 14647 at http://kacu.org Catherine Russell, Virginia Mayhew On JazzSet Branford Marsalis Quartet On JazzSet http://kacu.org/post/branford-marsalis-quartet-jazzset From January 1992 to September 2001, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15399050/branford-marsalis">Branford Marsalis</a> set the <em>JazzSet</em> pace, hosting 39 new shows a year (now we do 26) from the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band; festivals in Iowa City, Telluride, Pasadena, Mount Hood, Montreal and Brevard, N.C.; the new music festival in Groningen, the Netherlands, and the Havana Jazz Festival in Cuba; clubs from Yoshi's in California to Sculler's and the Regattabar in Boston. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 21:09:00 +0000 editor 13782 at http://kacu.org Branford Marsalis Quartet On JazzSet Gabriel Alegria And Gerald Clayton On JazzSet http://kacu.org/post/gabriel-alegria-and-gerald-clayton-jazzset The Litchfield Jazz Festival leads off with a weeks-long camp for high-school students and New York's finest musicians on the faculty, then climaxes with a two-day festival. This year it's August 11-12 in Goshen, Conn., but here we have two sets from the 2010 festival, featuring two groups with young leaders.<p>Gabriel Alegría and his Afro-Peruvian Sextet plant their feet in two cities: New York and Lima. When they play in Peru, they invite New York fans to join the tour. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 19:37:00 +0000 editor 12513 at http://kacu.org Jane Bunnett And Chihiro Yamanaka On JazzSet http://kacu.org/post/chihiro-yamanaka-and-jane-bunnett-jazzset Chihiro Yamanaka and Jane Bunnett come to the Kennedy Center from Japan and Canada, respectively, and each has a compelling story.<p>Jane Bunnett is from Toronto, yet for more than 30 years, she's championed Cuban music and musicians. She's made dozens of trips to the island, studying and working, bringing instruments to schoolchildren, and inviting players to return to Canada with her and her husband, trumpeter Larry Cramer.<p>In 1991, Cuban pianist Hilario Duran joined Bunnett's band for <em>Spirits of Havana</em>. Duran already had a high profile in Cuba. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 20:40:00 +0000 editor 12143 at http://kacu.org Jane Bunnett And Chihiro Yamanaka On JazzSet Amina Figarova Sextet, Avishai Cohen's Triveni On JazzSet http://kacu.org/post/amina-figarova-sextet-avishai-cohens-triveni-jazzset As a child in Azerbaijan, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/18412644/amina-figarova">Amina Figarova</a> loved the piano at first sight. She would arrange all her dolls around her and play for them. "Nobody could stop me," she told an interviewer at <a href="http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=29779" target="_blank">All About Jazz</a>. "I would sit and play and play." Figarova studied classical music and heard jazz at home, especially <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15294441/herbie-hancock">Herbie Hancock</a>. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:12:00 +0000 editor 11543 at http://kacu.org Amina Figarova Sextet, Avishai Cohen's Triveni On JazzSet Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, Trio Da Paz On JazzSet http://kacu.org/post/rez-abbasi-acoustic-quartet-trio-da-paz-jazzset We're in a guitar world, from Pakistan to Brazil and from steel strings to nylon, as the <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/129054385/rez-abbasi">Rez Abbasi</a> Acoustic Quartet and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17786424/trio-da-paz">Trio da Paz</a> play in turn at the Newport Jazz Festival.<p>Abbasi premiered this group in 2010 at Winterfest in New York. After the set, Newport Jazz Festival impresario <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15355539/george-wein">George Wein</a> emerged from the audience and told Abbasi how much he liked the music. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 17:56:00 +0000 editor 11231 at http://kacu.org Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, Trio Da Paz On JazzSet Gretchen Parlato, Conrad Herwig On JazzSet http://kacu.org/post/gretchen-parlato-conrad-herwig-jazzset At the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/newport-jazz-festival/">Newport Jazz Festival</a>, we're visiting the Quad and Harbor Stages, where the first rows of audience sit snug up to the performer. With her understated style, love of the lyric and freedom, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15171915/gretchen-parlato">Gretchen Parlato</a> makes that closeness work. Everyone leans in and listens.<p>She begins with "Doralice," the Brazilian song that <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15675062/joao-gilberto">João Gilberto</a> sings on the 1963 album <em>Getz/Gilberto</em>. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 17:58:00 +0000 editor 10956 at http://kacu.org Gretchen Parlato, Conrad Herwig On JazzSet Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom On JazzSet http://kacu.org/post/allison-millers-boom-tic-boom-jazzset <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/144690627/allison-miller">Allison Miller</a> has a jazz portfolio with <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15404611/dr-lonnie-smith">Dr. Lonnie Smith</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15235981/steven-bernstein">Steven Bernstein</a> and a host of others, as well as a pop career with <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14994052/brandi-carlile">Brandi Carlile</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14966211/ani-difranco">Ani DiFranco</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15453591/natalie-merchant">Natalie Merchant</a>. She's a U.S. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 19:40:00 +0000 editor 10663 at http://kacu.org Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom On JazzSet Vanguard Jazz Orchestra On JazzSet http://kacu.org/post/vanguard-jazz-orchestra-jazzset It started in 1966 as a three-week agreement among composer and conductor <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/90188452/thad-jones">Thad Jones</a>, drummer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/90188455/mel-lewis">Mel Lewis</a> and Max Gordon, the proprietor of The Village Vanguard in New York. And it continues, gloriously. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 18:21:00 +0000 editor 10346 at http://kacu.org Vanguard Jazz Orchestra On JazzSet