Getting Jazzed

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November 27, 2016

There's a new kind of music packing nightclubs with young fans. It's jazz - but not the sound of your grandparents' supper club. Infused with hip hop and other popular musical forms, jazz is being remade. We talk with some of today's biggest and most innovative jazz stars, including Esperanza Spalding and Vijay Iyer, and explore the magic of improvisation.

Ken Windsor (CC BY 3.0)
Articles

Critic Ted Gioia says a new generation of young musicians have discovered an antidote to stale, formulaic pop music in the energy and ecstasy of jazz.

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13:24
Blues People
Bookmarks

Alex Abramovich recommends "Blues People: Negro Music in White America" by Leroi Jones, who later changed his name to Amiri Baraka.

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2:23
Esperanza Spalding / Shorefire Media
Audio

The jazz bassist and singer talks about the inspiration behind her latest album, 'Emily’s D+Evolution.'

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13.58
Band A Part
Deep Tracks

Norway's acclaimed pianist Tord Gustavsen recommends another Norwegian classic, Masqualero's album "Bande a Part."

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3:26
Vijay Iyer
Audio

Celebrated jazz pianist Vijay Iyer has a Ph.D in music cognition and a penchant for asking big questions - like, what is music? And what does it do for us? Steve Paulson caught up with Vijay backstage before a recent concert, where they talked about improvisation and the parallels between jazz and basketball.

Length: 
15:04
Show Details 📻
Airdates
November 11, 2017
June 16, 2018
Guests: 
Jazz Critic
Jazz Musician
Vijay Iyer
Pianist and Composer
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Last modified: 
June 16, 2018