The bandstand wasn't big enough for Stan Kenton's musical ideas. His big brassy sound would bring dozens of musicians to the stage including a mellophonium section and many of the great West Coast innovators -- Bill Holman, Anita O'Day and Jazz Master Lee Konitz who joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for this Kenton celebration.
Virtuoso pianist and composer Hiromi Uehara began her classical studies at age 6. Today she is an in-demand jazz pianist able to play stride at blinding speed with deadly accuracy. More than a novelty, she is also a thoughtful, impressionistic composer. Hiromi’s mega chops are on display in this week’s session with host Jon Weber.
He led the house band on Jay Leno's Tonight Show for 15 years. Now Kevin Eubanks is free, unfettered, bluesy and outdoors with the fine Bill Pierce on tenor, at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Labor Day weekend, on JazzSet, celebrating 20 years from NPR Music.
Chris Dingman is one of a small group of elite musicians keeping the role of vibraphonist/leader alive in jazz today. He cut his teeth at the Thelonious Monk Institute, and his album Waking Dreams was a surprise hit of summer 2011. Dingman performs his original tune, “Zanetta,” and duets with Weber on “Manhattan Bridge” and “Dolphin Dance.”
The vibrant sound of Latin Jazz was not just the folk process. In the decade between 1946 and 1956, Dizzy Gillespie, Mario Bauza, Chano Pozo, and 'Mambo King' Tito Puente brought this irresistible mix to the world. Wendell Pierce hosts as bassist Carlos Henriquez leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with conguero Giovanni Hidalogo and drummer Ignacio Berroa in these Jazz Latin classics, including 'Manteca,' 'Ran Kan Kan,' 'Oye Como Va' and more.
A fourth-generation Cuban musician now in New York, Formell and his group Johnny's Dream Club (named for a long-ago jazz spot) create a haunting, floating musical poem. Hear guitar from Havana with shades of New Orleans and Spanish lyrics. Guest Harvey Wainapel on clarinet.
Sachal Vasandani is already earning critical acclaim as the next great male jazz vocalist. And today’s listeners agree—his 2011 album, Hi-Fly, shot straight to the number one spot on the iTunes jazz chart. Vasandani also penned some of the tunes on the album. On this week’s program, he swings on a set of standards and originals with host Jon Weber.