Jazz http://nwpr.org en NWPR Launches Jazz Station http://nwpr.org/post/nwpr-launches-jazz-station <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Northwest Public Radio is now in the jazz business, with a third program stream airing on its newest station, KJEM. &nbsp;(<a href="">LISTEN</a>). <strong><a href="http://nwpr.org/programs/jazz-kjem">Click here for current on-air playlist.</a></strong></span></p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:32:25 +0000 Gillian Coldsnow 36532 at http://nwpr.org NWPR Launches Jazz Station 'If It Swings': An Asian-American Jazzman's Pioneering Career http://nwpr.org/post/if-it-swings-asian-american-jazzmans-pioneering-career Saxophonist Gabe Baltazar got his big break after <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/136362007/stan-kenton" target="_blank">Stan Kenton</a> heard him playing in a college band and invited him to join his Orchestra in 1960.<p>"One of my biggest highlights in Stan's band was being featured on a beautiful standard tune called 'Stairway to the Stars,'" the 83-year-old Baltazar says. "He liked that tune, and he thought it would be my signature song. Sat, 28 Sep 2013 09:25:00 +0000 editor 34894 at http://nwpr.org 'If It Swings': An Asian-American Jazzman's Pioneering Career Sax, Drugs And Jazz: Charlie Parker's 'Lightning'-Fast Rise http://nwpr.org/post/sax-drugs-and-jazz-charlie-parkers-lightning-fast-rise Harlem's Savoy Ballroom, early 1942. The Jay McShann Orchestra from Kansas City, Mo., has the stage, and Charlie "Bird" Parker picks up his alto saxophone:<p><blockquote><p>"The rhythm section had him by the tail, but there was no holding or cornering Bird. Disappearing acts were his specialty. Just when you thought you had him, he'd move, coming up with another idea, one that was as bold as red paint on a white sheet."<p></blockquote><p>That's the first image Stanley Crouch gives us of Charlie Parker playing the sax. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:53:00 +0000 editor 35067 at http://nwpr.org Sax, Drugs And Jazz: Charlie Parker's 'Lightning'-Fast Rise Remembering Marian McPartland http://nwpr.org/post/remembering-marian-mcpartland <p>Jazz legend and public radio host <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian_McPartland"><u>Marian McPartland</u></a> died of natural causes Tuesday night at the age of 95.</p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:47:34 +0000 Kelsie Smith 32983 at http://nwpr.org Remembering Marian McPartland Memorial Concert For Beloved Northwest Guitar Teacher Set For Sunday http://nwpr.org/post/memorial-concert-beloved-northwest-guitar-teacher-set-sunday <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Jazz musicians from around the country will gather on Sunday to honor a musician who didn’t sell a lot of records, but influenced three generations of jazz guitarists. John LaChapelle died last month at the age of 91 in Richland, Wash.</p><p> Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:20:26 +0000 Anna King 25454 at http://nwpr.org Memorial Concert For Beloved Northwest Guitar Teacher Set For Sunday Tribe Seeks To Correct Jazz History On Native Singer’s Heritage http://nwpr.org/post/tribe-seeks-correct-jazz-history-native-singer%E2%80%99s-heritage <p>PLUMMER, Idaho - Jazz aficionados know Mildred Bailey as the legendary singer who cleared the way for female jazz greats like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Less well known is the fact that Bailey was Native American. Now, the Coeur d&rsquo;Alene Tribe in Idaho has launched a campaign to bring the singer -- and her heritage -- into the spotlight. Jessica Robinson tells the story. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:06:41 +0000 Jessica Robinson 4976 at http://nwpr.org Tribe Seeks To Correct Jazz History On Native Singer’s Heritage A Jazzy Spin on an Infamous Classical Piece http://nwpr.org/post/jazzy-spin-infamous-classical-piece <p>The music of two innovators from the last two centuries comes together Saturday night in Tacoma.&nbsp; Tacoma Philharmonic and Broadway Center present &lsquo;The Bad Plus &ndash; <em>on Sacred Ground: Stravinsky&rsquo;s Rite of Spring&rsquo;</em>.&nbsp; According to <em>Billboard</em>, The Bad Plus is America&rsquo;s most &ldquo;audacious, rule-breaking jazz trio&rdquo;.&nbsp; They will be performing one of the most famous works of 20<sup>th</sup> century art, Stravinsky&rsquo;<em>s</em><em> Rite of Spring</em>, a work that at its premiere <a href="http://classicalmusic.about.com/od/20thcen Fri, 09 Mar 2012 20:46:32 +0000 4596 at http://nwpr.org A Jazzy Spin on an Infamous Classical Piece Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Returns To Moscow http://nwpr.org/post/lionel-hampton-jazz-festival-returns-moscow <p>MOSCOW, Idaho -- The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is back for another year at the University of Idaho in Moscow. Now ten years after the death of its namesake, the festival, like many such celebrations, is challenged by a changing jazz industry. Northwest Public Radio&rsquo;s Glenn Mosley reports. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 13:48:26 +0000 Glenn Mosley 3654 at http://nwpr.org Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Returns To Moscow The Mix: 100 Quintessential Jazz Songs http://nwpr.org/post/mix-100-quintessential-jazz-songs <p>As&nbsp;published on JAZZ24 -</p><p>The Jazz 100 is a crowdsourced list of the most quintessential jazz songs of all time, determined by the listeners of Jazz24.org and NPR Music.</p><p>If there was one theme we noticed while sorting through the 1,500 nominations, it was that time does not take its toll on great music. &quot;Take Five,&quot; which was the first jazz single to sell 1 million copies, was the undisputed top choice, while Miles Davis&#39; &quot;So What&quot; (which was coincidentally recorded in the same year, 1959) was the clear No. 2.</p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 17:38:11 +0000 58 at http://nwpr.org