Arts and Entertainment

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:45 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Kenny Barron On Piano Jazz

Kenny Barron.
John Sann Courtesy of the artist

Kenny Barron is one of the most highly regarded players of his generation. Playing professionally since he was 15, Barron has worked with some of the jazz world's best, including Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Henderson and Roy Haynes.

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Remembrances
11:34 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Fresh Air Remembers 'Piano Jazz' Host Marian McPartland

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz featured performances and conversation with a variety of pianists, including Ray Charles and Dave Brubeck.
Courtesy Marian McPartland

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 12:36 pm

For more than 30 years, jazz pianist Marian McPartland hosted one of public radio's most beloved shows, Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. As NPR's Felix Contreras writes, she "gave the world an intimate, insider's perspective on one of the most elusive topics in music — jazz improvisation." McPartland died of natural causes on Tuesday at the age of 95.

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Music Interviews
11:19 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Broadway Star 'Comfortable' With Album Of Intensely Personal Songs

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 3:10 pm

Tituss Burgess gained fameasthescene-stealing sidekick D'Fwan on the NBC Comedy 30 Rock. But he's also a singer who has performed on Broadway in big hits like The Little Mermaid and Guys & Dolls. Now, he's making a name for himself as in the world of R&B. His latest album is called "Comfortable." He told guest host Celeste Headlee about his transition from the stage to the recording studio.

Interview Highlights


The inspiration for 'Comfortable'

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Rapper Arrested
4:37 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Rapper And Entourage Arrested For Obstruction

Authorities say rapper 2 Chainz has bonded out of an Oklahoma jail after he was arrested on an obstruction charge.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
2:40 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Branford Marsalis Quartet On JazzSet

The Branford Marsalis Quartet.
Eric Ryan Anderson

From January 1992 to September 2001, Branford Marsalis set the JazzSet 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. WGBH producer Steve Schwartz sent us lots of Boston sets during that first decade, all of them much appreciated.

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OneSix8
7:30 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week: A Week For Words

This cell used to contain condemned slaves is one of many photographs on display as part of Douglas Henderson's Doors of No Return exhibit.
Credit Douglas Henderson

Words are powerful things. They shape our views on issues; they allow us to express ourselves; and they have the power to hurt and heal. This week’s OneSix8 brings three word-worthy events to fill the hours in your week. 

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:54 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Twilight World: Remembering Marian McPartland's Songs

Of Marian McPartland's "Twilight World," the great singer Tony Bennett once said, "Well, that song will last forever. It's a beautiful song."
David Redfern Redferns

Originally published on Sat August 24, 2013 4:51 pm

Jazz musicians strive for an individual voice. If a listener can tell right away who's playing, that's an achievement. The same is true of composers — and after only a few measures of music, you know it's Marian McPartland. The pianist and host of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz died Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. She was 95.

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Theater
10:55 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Playwright August Wilson In 'Another League'

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Pulitzer prize-winning playwright August Wilson may be best known for a 10 play series of dramas that explore black life in America, one for each decade of the 20th century. The series includes plays like "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "The Piano Lesson" and of course, perhaps Wilson's best-known work "Fences."

(SOUNDBITE OF PLAY, "FENCES")

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Music Reviews
10:19 am
Wed August 21, 2013

'Beauty' On Orrin Evans' Block

Orrin Evans.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:10 am

On Philadelphia pianist Orrin Evans' trio version of Ornette Coleman's "Blues Connotation," drummer Donald Edwards and bassist Eric Revis set a New Orleans second-line groove tinged with vintage hip-hop. A beat like that is catnip to Evans, who gets right down and rolls in it.

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The Record
6:28 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died

Marian McPartland.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 3:23 pm

Marian McPartland, who gave the world an intimate, insider's perspective on one of the most elusive topics in music — jazz improvisation — died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. She was 95.

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