Discover: The Jazz River

The Jazz River: Musical Genre Crossing

Matthew Goldwasser

Jazz fascinates all manner of musicians. How about a ska band playing Eddie Harris? What about when Bluegrass goes Miles Davis or African kora players swing Charlie Parker? Have you…

The Jazz River: Jazz From and Inspired by East Asia

Matthew Goldwasser

This week the Jazz River flows into and across East Asia to present folk melodies, indigenous instruments, non-Western singing, and inspired arrangements. More than a tourist trip, it's a transportation…

The Jazz River: Jazz Meets Africa--Roots and Branches

Matthew Goldwasser

The Call and Response reached out from Africa to New Orleans' Congo Square and was answered by musicians across the globe. Since its inception Africa has informed Jazz and Jazz…

The Jazz River: Jazz Americana

Matthew Goldwasser

Jazz has always drawn from different sources and inspired musicians across genres to borrow from the jazz idiom. This week celebrates the confluences between jazz and other distinctly American forms…

The Jazz River: Hornucopia

Matthew Goldwasser

Autumn is the harvest season and we give thanks for the abundances in our lives. Tune into The Jazz River Sunday November 10th from 5-6pm (rmt)  for Hornucopia. Listen to…

The Jazz River: When Fusion was Young

Matthew Goldwasser

The Jazz River takes a pause from its globetrotting and presents a different tributary all together. We look at when Jazz Fusion was young. Early examples of the melding of…

The Jazz River: Gypsy Wanderers

Matthew Goldwasser

The spirit of Django Reinhardt conjures caravans and campfires, rhythm guitars, accordions and violins filling the air with memories of long ago. Gypsy music began its wandering in India centuries…

The Jazz River: South African Jazz Offerings

Matthew Goldwasser

The musical history of South Africa is incredibly rich and intricate drawing from indigenous tribes’ rhythms and melodies, choirs—gospel and otherwise—, dance and listening music, and since the 1930s jazz.…

The Jazz River - World Jazz Travelers

Matthew Goldwasser

Jazz is full of restless seekers; searching for new sounds, for new inspirations, and new challenges. As long as there’s been jazz there have been musicians who looked across the…

The Jazz River: Non-standard Standards

Matthew Goldwasser

Since the early days of jazz the 'standard' has been the go-to song musicians have learned and improvised around. Composers such as Ellington, Cole Porter, and the Gershwins gave us…

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