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Nnenna Freelon: A Muse For All Seasons

Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 4:00pm

Jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon inspires and encourages creativity. A native New Englander, Ms. Freelon was born in Boston, raised in Cambridge, and has "chased [her] dreams" into a life-long journey that has manifested a stellar career in music.

JP Lipa

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 6:00pm

Filmmaker talks about his upcoming PBS Christmas special “Heirloom Meals” and his use of jazz throughout (including Judy Carmichael’s appearance singing a swinging “Winter Wonderland”) and his backstage filming of Michael Jackson during preparation for Michael’s last tour.

The Mulgrew Miller Trio

Friday, December 7, 2012 - 6:00pm

Considered the most demanded pianist in jazz by The New York Times, Mulgrew Miller performs with his trio at the 10th Anniversary of The KC Jazz Club at The Kennedy Center. This exceptionally talented and "harmonically diverse" group join Dee Dee Bridgewater for this week's segment of JazzSet.

Maria Schneider

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 6:00pm

Jazz composer talks about being the first musician to win a Grammy with a CD released exclusively on the internet and her influences from stride piano to The Fifth Dimension.

Gretchen Parlato & The Cookers

Friday, November 30, 2012 - 6:00pm

Ninety years ago near the village of Katonah, N.Y., art lovers Walter and Lucie Rosen bought Caramoor, a wooded estate, and built a home for their collection of painting and sculpture. Every room was a gallery, including their favorite, the Music Room; after they lost their only son in World War II, they presented a small concert series there to honor him. So began the transformation of Caramoor from a private home to an arts center and treasure for Westchester County, north of New York City.

David Parsons

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 6:00pm

We revisit Judy’s conversation with dancer/choreographer David Parsons who talks about capitalizing on improvisation and the input of his dancers when creating a piece, and his passion for creating with jazz musicians, most notably, his work with the late Billy Taylor.

Billy Childs Quartet

Friday, November 23, 2012 - 6:00pm

When Pianist Billy Childs was 21 in late 1978,  the high-profile, high-register trumpeter Freddie Hubbard hired him.

"I can't imagine the patience that [Hubbard] must have exercised while trying to solo while I am 'helping' him with my youthful comping [accompanying] ideas, which a lot of times meant just playing all over his solo," Childs tells JazzSet. "I feel fortunate to have been brought up in that time, because that was the way you learned jazz. [You] learned by doing it."

Caroline Doctorow

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 6:00pm

Singer/songwriter Caroline Doctorow talks about the influence her famous father E.L. Doctorow has had on her writing and how she marries jazz and folk music.

Dee Dee Bridgewater Quintet

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 6:00pm

Dee Dee Bridgewater's smile says it all: JazzSet is happily celebrating 20 years of performances every week on NPR. In September, we featured original host Branford Marsalis with his 2012 quartet for our anniversary. Now, today's host Dee Dee Bridgewater weaves her spell and leads a crack quintet through a new set from the Caramoor Jazz Festival.

Eric Comstock

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 6:00pm

Cabaret singer/pianist Eric Comstock discusses creating the off Broadway show “Our Sinatra” and what jazz has done to inspire and expand his performances


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