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For years public radio has been home for diverse music in America.  We all have that one song, one band, one moment that transports us to another time or place.  Public radio has always taken creative risks by giving voice to new and emerging artists.  And it has long been the champion of America's cultural heritage - Jazz.

The BlueNotes blog is the place for you to rekindle your passion for music.  Jazz, blues, AAA, folk, world...it's all here at Syracuse Public Media WAER.

The jazz world lost a number of legendary musicians in 2013.  In this episode of Jazz Journeys, we remember a few who left an indelible mark on their craft.

On this holiday edition of Jazz Journeys, I dip into our bag of jazz goodies and introduce you to 5 Christmas songs that you might not be all that familiar with plus one extra bonus surprise at the end.  Take a listen and best wishes for the holiday season and New Year ahead.

On this week's episode, I'll discuss my breakout jazz star for 2013.

Also, we touch on some notable December birthdays, remember the last recordings of Bennie Moten's band  and also celebrate the centennial birthday for a legendary composer and lyricist.

This week on the debut episode of Jazz Journeys, I will discuss the newest release from saxophonist Houston Person as well as vocalist Rene Marie's tribute to the late Eartha Kitt.

Also...we remember former South African President Nelson Mandela with some music from his countryman Hugh Masekela.

The Legends of Jazz concert series is bringing Grammy-nominated singer Gregory Porter to Onondaga Community College this Friday. Porter is currently touring in support of his latest album “Liquid Spirit.”

I had the pleasure of chatting recently with 4 time Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves and we concluded our interview with 10 questions that allow people to learn some new things about this incredible artist.  This edition of Take Ten began when I asked Dianne about the very first record she remembered listening to.  Enjoy!

On this edition of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share a brand new song from Beck. The new cut, called "Gimme," is the third single he's released since June and by far the strangest (i.e., best) of the bunch. None of the songs will be on the new full-length record Beck hopes to release before the end of the year.

Paulo Borgia

Dianne Reeves, the acclaimed American singer and songwriter, is one of the most prominent forces in modern jazz. Born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Denver, Colorado, Reeves has been surrounded by music her entire life. Her musical career has included an exploration of traditional jazz, Latin-American music, world music, and more. She has produced an influential discography 19 records deep, the latest studio album being "When You Know", released in 2008.

TV On The Radio - Premier New Song

Aug 26, 2013
Courtesy of the artist

This morning, public radio stations across the country premiered genre-bending rock band TV On The Radio’s new single, "Million Miles."

It’s the group’s second single from a yet-to-be-titled fifth studio album, due for release sometime soon on producer Dave Sitek’s own record label, Federal Prism. It will be TV On The Radio’s first album since parting ways with Interscope Records, which released the group’s prior three albums.

 

  

 

 

  

16 year old New Zealand native, Ella Yelich-O'Connor and her band Lorde perform one of the biggest hits of the summer, "Royals"

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