The pianist Oliver Jones, 77, was in his mid-40s when he moved back to Montreal, the city where he grew up in the shadow of Oscar Peterson. Decades later, he’s a national treasure unto himself.
We’re in a guitar world, from Pakistan to Brazil and from steel strings to nylon, as the Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet and Trio da Paz play in turn at the Newport Jazz Festival.
The bass drummer, singer and a public face of the Treme Brass Band died last weekend.
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The bassist and bandleader was born in Malaysia to Chinese parents, but as a toddler she moved with her family to Australia. Oh has since traveled back to Shanghai, where her grandmother is from, and taken up Mandarin classes. Her album weaves in her family’s stories — and even their languages.
Piano Jazz celebrates its 30th anniversary with a return visit from pianist, composer and arranger Dick Hyman, who appeared on the show during its first season in 1979. Always the fleet-fingered pianist and versatile musician, Hyman performs Gershwin, Jobim and a James P. Johnson rag before winding up the hour playing an improvised blues tune with host Marian McPartland.
From two stages at the Newport Jazz Festival, hear a gifted young singer and the Latin side of Herbie Hancock.
Bassist Linda Oh’s story is so compelling, everyone who writes about her mentions it: how she was born in Java to Chinese parents, who emigrated to western Australia when she was three. Oh’s second album is out. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says her music also covers a lot of ground.
Gary Walker, music director of WBGO in Newark, highlights the pianist’s take on a Miles Davis classic.
Matt Fleeger of KMHD in Portland, Ore., highlights the British trombone player’s new album.