Win Tickets To Betty LaVette With Walter Wolfman Washington

Bettye LaVette, the inimitable and legendary R&B songstress released her album, Worthy (2/27/15), and on a new label — Cherry Red. Worthy (a 2015 Grammy-nominated release for “Best Blues Album”) reunites her with GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter and producer Joe Henry, this time with both of them co-producing. On Worthy, Bettye revisits Dylan with the opening track “Unbelievable,” with a funky urgency introduced into the song, not present in the original. On “When I Was a Young Girl,” she slides effortlessly into a slinky groove, which Chris Youlden of Savoy Brown probably never imagined. “Bless Us All” is as relevant now as when Mickey Newbury wrote it decades ago, while her rendition of Joe Henry’s own “Stop” is jazzy, soulful and reminds one not to dare try to stop her.

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Win Tickets To Cyrus Chestnut Trio

Soulful jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut might just be proof positive of the impact that music has on babies in the womb. Either that or a life in music was simply in his blood. Chestnut’s father, a postal employee and the son of a church minister, was the official organist for the local church in Baltimore, Maryland, where Chestnut grew up. Young Cyrus’s home was filled with the sounds of the gospel music that his church-going parents played in their home, along with jazz records by artists such as Thelonius Monk and Jimmy Smith. Chestnut has said that the roots of his love of music began there, and to this day, Chestnut’s ties to the gospel church remain constant. “Growing up, gospel music was what I heard in the house,” Chestnut told Down Beat Magazine.

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Throwback Thursday: Five Great Jazz Tiny Desk Concerts

This Saturday, April 30, marks the fifth anniversary of International Jazz Day, a celebration organized by UNESCO to celebrate jazz across the globe. To do our part, we’re highlighting some of our favorite jazz musicians to play behind Bob Boilen’s desk. Rising stars, young virtuosos, NEA Jazz Masters and veteran ensembles alike have played in NPR’s D.C. offices. Here are five standout jazz performances at the Tiny Desk.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

What better place to start this list than with the birthplace of jazz?

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Saxophonist Walter Blanding — With The Future Jazz Head All-Stars

Tenor saxophonist Walter Blanding has been a member of the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra (directed by Wynton Marsalis) since 1998.  One of the things that got him there was a great jazz education.  Walter attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts, followed by more study at the New School of Social Research. 

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Win Tickets To The Joey DeFrancesco Trio

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes Hammond B-3 sensation Joey DeFrancesco touring in support of his latest release Trip Mode. Band members are Dan Wilson (guitar) and Jason Brown (drums). Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm.

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