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Marian McPartland, Pioneering Jazz Legend

The fact that she is a British-born white woman hasn't stopped jazz pianist Marian McPartland from playing for nearly 50 years in a world that is largely male and black. Now about to turn 90, McPartland has a new CD called 'Twilight World.'

20:59

From the Archives: The Quintessential Jazz Man.

Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins is one of the jazz world's greatest improvisational artists. At the tender age of 23, he played with Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. After successfully battling a heroin addiction in the early 1950s, he joined the Clifford Brown-Max Roach quintet. He also began a critically-acclaimed solo career. Now in his sixties, he feels obligated to carry on the vision of his own mentors to today's rising stars.

21:53

The Quintessential Jazz Man Sonny Rollins

Rollins has been called the greatest living jazz improviser and the greatest virtuoso that jazz has ever produced. Rollins's latest release is "Silver City" (Milestone), a two disk anthology released by Milestone, his recording company, in celebration of their 25 year affiliation with Rollins. Rollins has played with musicians of modern jazz such as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and Bud Powell. (REBROADCAST from 2/2/94)

23:02

Sonny Rollins: The Quintessential Jazz Man

The tenor saxophonist is one of the jazz world's greatest improvisational artists. At the tender age of 23, he played with Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. In the early 1950s, he joined the Clifford Brown-Max Roach quintet. He also began a critically-acclaimed solo career. Now in his sixties, he feels obligated to carry on the vision of his own mentors to today's rising stars. His latest album, "Old Flames," focuses on jazz standards and features Sonny backed by a brass section.

23:08

The Quintessential Jazz Man.

Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophonist, is one of the jazz world's greatest improvisational artists. At the tender age of 23, he played with Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. After successfully battling a heroin addiction in the early 1950s, he joined the Clifford Brown-Max Roach quintet. He also began a critically-acclaimed solo career. Now in his sixties, he feels obligated to carry on the vision of his own mentors to today's rising stars. His latest album, "Old Flames" (Milestone), focuses on jazz standards and features Sonny backed by a brass section.

09:31

Bringing the New York Avant-Garde to the West Coast

Composer and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz was associated with the Manhattan downtown scene of experimental composers and improvisers. Now a resident of Seattle, he fuses his diverse musical influences in a new album called The President.

09:35

Jazz Critic Kevin Whitehead

Terry Gross interviews Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead. He's worked as a rock and restaurant critic. He believes he distinguishes himself by actively featuring artists outside the insular New York jazz scene. Whitehead is also a former seminarian, and a bassist who plays free improvised music.

09:31

Composer Terry Riley Remembers "In C"

Riley's breakthrough composition reduced melody to short, repetitive gestures, while still leaving room for improvisation. While hailed as the father of minimalist music, Riiey eschews the term. He is largely inspired by Indian raga, and performs often as an improvisor.

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