Following in a long line of Cuban-born pianists, Virelles has quickly become an elite New York jazz pianist. But his personal vision is full of mystery — a back-to-the-future refraction of Afro-Cuban ritual through multiple generations of musicians, poetry and even abstract painting.
Grammy award-winning jazz vocalist, Dee Dee Bridgewater almost always performs with a band accompanying her, while pianist Benny Green is generally heard in a trio configuration and seldom works with vocalists (with the notable exception of being Betty Carter’s pianist when he was in his 20’s). So this session was a double treat: hearing [...]
Thirty years after presenting its first concerts in San Francisco, the organization SFJAZZ has built a permanent home and performance venue. For its grand opening, masters like McCoy Tyner and Chick Corea rubbed shoulders with modern stars like Esperanza Spalding and the SFJAZZ Collective. WWOZ, WBGO and NPR Music present a live recording of the concert.
By Robin Lloyd On the day we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., let’s revisit his thoughts on Jazz and Blues from his address to the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival: “God has wrought many things out of oppression. He has endowed his creatures with the capacity to create—and from this [...]