The eloquent, effortless jazz singer Jimmy Scott has died. He was 88. Seriously, if you haven’t heard him sing “Someone to Watch Over Me,” then you really should. Here’s a 2005 interview with Talk of the Nation's Neal Conan.
Watch the legendary Wayne Shorter and his band launch new ideas off old themes at the Kennedy Center.
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50 years ago today, pianist and composer Andrew Hill recorded Point of Departure, a jazz record that still feels vital and futuristic.
Two years before Hill passed away, he appeared on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz in 2005. In many ways it’s a miraculous piece of radio not for the least of which his colorful, angular playing but also because Hill spoke with a sometimes debilitating stutter. But here Hill sounds so relaxed at the piano and with McPartland on the other side of the microphone — NPR arts editor Tom Cole once told me it was the most clear conversation had ever heard with the pianist. After 7 years of producing Piano Jazz for NPR.org, it remains my favorite episode. — Lars
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Eric Dolphy’s landmark LP Out to Lunch! was
released recorded 50 years ago today.