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December 29, 2014 NPR Music remembers musicians — singers, songwriters, instrumentalists — and other visionaries we lost in 2014. Explore and celebrate their musical legacies.
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With many young talents under his tutelage, Art Blakey has often been called the father of hard bop.
January 25, 2010 Evolving out of 1950s bebop, hard bop incorporates elements of gospel, soul and R&B. One of the style's biggest supporters, Blue Note Records, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. And while jazz has progressed since then, hard bop is still heard in many modern jazz recordings. Hear five classics.
December 30, 2009 Studio recordings from 1959 make a strong case for that year as one of the best ever for jazz. Now, a large set of 50-year-old live recordings from the Newport Jazz Festival have been released online. WBGO's Josh Jackson and The New York Times' Ben Ratliff select some choice highlights.
Pianist Horace Silver recorded a number of classic albums for Blue Note, including Song for My Father and The Jody Grind.
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January 6, 2009 From before bebop to the present day, some of the best jazz albums of all time have been issued by Blue Note Records. The label celebrates its 70th anniversary this week, and to honor the occasion, pianist Bill Charlap has chosen five of his all-time favorite Blue Note songs.
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September 8, 2008 In 1982, the UN began observing "Peace Day" every September at the opening of its General Assembly. In 2002, it officially declared Sept. 21 as a permanent date for the International Day of Peace. In preparation, here are five beautiful jazz performances that celebrate the spirit of the occasion.
August 28, 2008 Horace Silver is a piano-playing, pencil-packing papa whose songs showcase a family of jazz characters such as "Sister Sadie" and "Senor Blues." His music filled Dee Dee Bridgewater's album Love and Peace: A Tribute to Horace Silver. This concert in his honor comes from the Discoveries at Walt Disney Concert Hall series in Los Angeles.
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June 20, 2008 Silver's soulful, Latin-tinged hard bop tunes implanted themselves into the heads of jazz fans everywhere. So bassist Christian McBride drew together many of Silver's former colleagues and a handful of all-star musicians to salute the great pianist.
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Horace Silver on the cover of his record Song for My Father.
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June 12, 2008 Sunday is Father's Day. If you're a dad, congratulations; these songs are for you. If you're a son or a daughter, here's a list of dad-friendly jazz songs to let your father know you're thinking of him.
August 1, 2001 Horace Silver pioneered the hard bop style in the 1950s, but he never forgot his roots. On Song for My Father, Silver demonstrates his imaginative and funky piano style while paying homage to the Cape Verdan melodies of his Portuguese father.
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