L'Orkestre des Pas Perdus' latest album, L'âge du cuivre, was just nominated for a Juno Award.
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June 28, 2012 Preview some of the artists playing the Montreal International Jazz Festival, a musical grand prix.
The Madame Walker Theater is one of the surviving iconic buildings on Indiana Avenue.
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March 28, 2012 Indiana Avenue, the "main stem" of the city's black community, hosted master musicians nightly.
October 6, 2011 These saxophonists have a robust, sometimes raw sound that mixes swing, bebop, blues and soul.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Michel Camilo is one of the most energetic pianists in jazz.
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July 12, 2011 Wouldn't it be nice to just drop whatever you're doing right now and go on a nice, leisurely Caribbean vacation? Well, you can — sort of. Let your mind sail through the Caribbean by listening to some music from a few of the many fine jazz artists who were born on the Caribbean islands.
KWEM in West Memphis was, in many ways, a springboard for blues artists on their way to greater glory, including guitarist B.B. King.
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June 15, 2011 Before nailing down the title "birthplace of rock 'n' roll," Memphis and West Memphis made many great contributions to early acoustic and electric blues.
Kirk Joseph of Dirty Dozen Brass Band on sousaphone.
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April 26, 2011 Many things make New Orleans a one-of-a-kind music town, but one is the tuba, the monstrous brass instrument worn like a python squeezing its victim.
Takuya Kuroda's trumpet is exciting and bright, with a touch of Dizzy Gillespie in tone.
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March 24, 2011 When there is loss, hope or joy, music is easily shared among cultures, even without words. In the spirit of recovery, this installment of Take Five showcases five talented Japanese jazz artists.
When trumpeter Sean Jones isn't touring the world, he is also an assistant professor at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University School of Music.
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November 9, 2010 Aside from being America's current "Most Livable City," Pittsburgh is known as a home of great pro sports teams and many legends of jazz, including Art Blakey. But WDUQ shines a light on the Pittsburgh jazz musicians working around town these days.
Don't let Jasper Hoiby's Scandinavian cheekbones fool you. The Danish bassist (center) is very much a key part of London's jazz scene.
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October 5, 2010 BBC Radio's Jazz on 3 program showcases the richness of the U.K. jazz scene with a particular emphasis on seeking out and supporting young talent. Host Jez Nelson and the rest of the team pick out some recent British jazz albums everyone should keep on their radar.
August 24, 2010 For more than half a century, jazz musicians have collaborated with Indian classical musicians with frequently remarkable results. From Ravi Shankar and Bud Shank to Don Cherry's Codona, here are five works that engage jazz improvisation and Indian ragas.
The African Jazz Pioneers kick it, South Africa style.
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June 15, 2010 From June 11 to July 11, nine cities in South Africa are hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The excitement has stretched from Johannesburg to Pretoria and the world over. In honor of the world coming together to celebrate soccer in the "rainbow nation," here's a chance to sample four South African jazz artists and one of the World Cup performers.
Drummer Benny Jones Sr. is the leader of the Treme Brass Band. He also has an awesome hat.
April 19, 2010 William Claiborne, the first American governor of the Louisiana territory, believed New Orleans was ungovernable due to the citizenry's preoccupation with dancing. Two centuries have passed, and that much hasn't changed. Hear five songs from New Orleans' modern brass-band tradition that are bound to make you move.
One of the two known photos of Robert Johnson. This portrait was taken by the Hooks Bros. Photography Company in Memphis, Tenn., circa 1935.
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February 16, 2010 Influencing everyone from The Rolling Stones to Cassandra Wilson, the blues recordings that came out of the Mississippi Delta from the late 1920s through the late '30s have had an enormous impact on American music. Hear songs from Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Son House and more.
Hank and Elvin Jones.
August 31, 2009 This coming weekend, more than 100 jazz acts will descend upon the Detroit International Jazz Festival. The event will celebrate three brothers from a special Detroit-rooted jazz family: pianist Hank Jones and his two late brothers, drummer Elvin and trumpeter Thad.
A Canadian flag hot air balloon.
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August 17, 2009 This week's Take Five skips from the provinces of Quebec and Ottawa over to British Columbia, featuring a jazz legend, a world-famous vocalist/pianist and a few Canadian musicians who are gaining wider recognition outside their home country. Listen to five songs below.
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