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Concerts

Mark Turner Quartet On JazzSet

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The late Paul Motian plays drums on this set from the Village Vanguard, his favorite room.

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Paul Motian at the Village Vanguard in May 2011, on a night he performed with saxophonist Mark Turner. John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com hide caption

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A Blog Supreme

Remembering Paul Motian, Singular Jazz Drummer

The colorful drummer and composer was known for his deep internal sense of swing. He was 80.

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