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Fifty years ago this August, Miles Davis assembled a group of musicians to record the sprawling, groundbreaking album Bitches Brew. With the sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Sly & the Family Stone and James Brown in his head, Davis plugged in and brought these electric rock sensibilities to jazz.

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"There is never any end," John Coltrane said sometime in the mid-1960s, at the height of his powers. "There are always new sounds to imagine; new feelings to get at." Coltrane, one of jazz's most revered saxophonists, was speaking to Nat Hentoff about an eternal quest — a compulsion to reach toward the next horizon, and the next.

Courtesy James Cullum

Jim Cullum Jr.’s musical talent, positive demeanor and love of jazz has been a definitive part of San Antonio since the early 1960s. On Aug. 11, the 77-year-old Cullum passed away at his home of an apparent heart attack. TPR’s David Martin Davies spoke with Cullum in 2009.

 


On Sunday, August 11, San Antonio legend Jim Cullum, Jr. passed away at the age of 77. Fellow musicians and fans have been paying tribute to the man, who was committed to spreading the gospel of "hot jazz" to the world. Part of the way that happened was through the magic of radio. 

Courtesy James Cullum

Longtime San Antonio cornetist and jazz band leader Jim Cullum, Jr. died on Sunday from an apparent heart attack. He was 77.


Balcones Heights Jazz Festival

You can enjoy some jazz, celebrate cowboys and cowgirls and enjoy a new take on punk rock … all for free.

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This is FRESH AIR. "Jazz From Detroit" is the title of a new book by journalist and critic Mark Stryker, who spent a couple of decades covering jazz and its people in that city. Our jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says Stryker looks at Detroiters who made their mark in the larger world and a few who stayed behind. Here's Kevin's review.

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KEVIN WHITEHEAD, BYLINE: Saxophonist James Carter at Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit in 2001.

Jack Morgan

From Jazz to chamber music to a heroic exhibit, the Weekend is here along with a few ideas of how to celebrate.


Nathan Cone

Big Cedar Fever is a western swing trio consisting of San Marcos natives Georgia Parker, Nick Lochman and Ian Lee. Their sophomore EP comes out this Thursday, and their debut full-length is slated to drop early in 2020.

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