Jazz Perspective

5:14pm

Mon August 4, 2014
Arts & Culture

Jazz Perspective: Oscar Hernandez

Oscar Hernandez with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Courtesy of Flickr user Santos Torres

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra is known from New York to the Bay Area. The Orchestra’s versatile leader, pianist Oscar Hernandez, can get down with a salsa beat or play a lilting Latin jazz tune. In this Jazz Perspective, Hernandez says Latin music is about more than just dancing.

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6:17pm

Tue July 29, 2014
Arts & Culture

Jazz Perspective: Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval
Flickr user BRIC

Musician Arturo Sandoval is the protege of Dizzy Gillespie and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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5:06pm

Mon November 18, 2013
Arts & Culture

Jazz Perspective: Jason Moran

www.jasonmoran.com

 

Pianist Jason Moran became famous in the 1990s as a young rebel playing his own unique styles. He became known as one of the finest interpreters of Thelonius Monk's music, and he composes many original tunes.

In addition to a busy touring schedule, Moran teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. “I learn a lot from what the students are doing. It keeps me engaged from what's happening in contemporary music, from the 19-year-old perspective. It's helpful.”

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4:45pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Arts & Culture

Jazz Perspective: Gregory Porter, cool and collected vocalist

http://petermiedema.com/2012/01/02/gregory-porter/

The upstairs room at an old plantation house on the Caribbean island of Curacao was insufferably hot. But jazz vocalist Gregory Porter was cool and collected, even while wearing his trademark winter cap. Known for his silky smooth voice and socially conscious lyrics, Porter has reason to be confident. His first album, “Water,” garnered critical acclaim and a Grammy nomination for the 2010 Best Vocal Jazz album. This February, he released his second album, “Be Good.” And now, he’s in the Caribbean to perform at the annual Curacao Jazz Festival.

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2:15pm

Tue July 24, 2012
Arts & Culture

Jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli innovates within a framework

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Pizzarelli

Singer and guitarist John Pizzarelli learned to play at the knee of his famous jazz musician father, Bucky Pizzarelli. But as a teen growing up in the 1970s, John was far more interested in Peter Frampton and the rock band Cream than in Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of Paris. John had a real talent for jazz guitar, however, and he joined his dad in playing club dates around the New York/New Jersey area. Pizzarelli recalls his father saying that he “was the only guy playing jazz to support his rock and roll habit. All the guys had it the other way around.”

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