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Summer Jazz

Summer is the season of jazz. There are great festivals all over the country, outdoor concerts, and warm summer nights at hip jazz clubs. Its a great time to hang in NYC and go club hopping till the early morning hours. This summer was particularly fine for seeing great live music. Of course, Newport was the highlight, but we saw some great music here at the Monday night Jazz series in the park, at Black Eyed Sally's and in NYC. Next weekend is the Tanglewood Jazz festival in the Berkshires in Massachusetts. This radio show highlights some of the great artists who performed this summer in Southern New England.

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Mostly Piano

This podcast showcases some great pianists. Among those featured are Robert Glasper, with a new CD to be released this week, and Joey Calderazzo, who we were very impressed with at the Newport Jazz Festival two weeks ago. Also in the mix are two smokin' tracks by the incomparable McCoy Tyner. The two recordings are from the 1970's, when Tyner was at the top of his game.

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I covered the 2009 Newport Jazz Festival for WHUS and this blog/podcast. Coverage of the event consisted of a NJF Preview show, a written review of the event, photo gallery, and a Post Festival review podcast. They are all presented here for your viewing, reading and listening pleasure. I also included a link to NPR's excellent coverage of the event that includes recorded performances that you can download as a podcast or listen to as streaming audio. Enjoy!

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Fiat Fun

I am at Newport Jazz Festivial this week, so I didn't have my regular show on WHUS. Here is a show I did in another time slot. Kind of rocked out on this one. Hope you enjoy.

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Newport Preview

George Wein has put together a creative and artistic lineup for the 55th Newport Jazz Festival. From legendary masters like Tony Bennet and Dave Brubeck, to the lions of jazz like Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, to the avante garde like Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthapa. Even Hip-Hop is represented with Mos Def. This is going to be an exciting festival.

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