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Ted Panken

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Ted Panken
Ted Panken writes about jazz and creative music for DownBeat, Jazziz, and many other outlets; he broadcast it from 1985 to 2008 on WKCR. He recently launched a blog called Today Is The Question.


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Articles From Ted Panken
Sunday Sep 25, 2011 50:00 PM ET
Bill Frisell's homage to the songs of John Lennon, "All We Are Saying...," to be released on September 27, is a tour de force.
Sunday Sep 18, 2011 45:00 PM ET
As he heads off on a three-month tour to support his newest release, Pat Metheny talks to The Morton Report about the current state of jazz guitar, and more.
Sunday Sep 18, 2011 50:00 PM ET
“For me, the luminosity of sound has always been a goal,” Manfred Eicher tells the camera in an early sequence of Sounds and Silence: Travels With Manfred Eicher [ECM]. “A beautifully ringing tone, for instance, is like the streak of...
Wednesday Sep 14, 2011 20:00 PM ET
Rare is the hardcore jazz musician under 40 who hasn’t soaked up the contents of the seven CDs that comprise Miles Davis: The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel: 1965.Released in 1995, and long out of print, that box set...
Monday Sep 12, 2011 30:00 AM ET
The publicity credits for Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label [Rizzoli Press], which hits the market in early October, cite co-authors Bill Adler and Dan Charnas, essayist Kelefa Sanneh, and label founders Rick...
Thursday Sep 8, 2011 00:00 PM ET
That guitarist Stanley Jordan, 52, is one of the most spectacular improvisers ever to play his instrument is reaffirmed on his September 27 release, "Friends" (Mack Avenue).
Wednesday Sep 7, 2011 00:00 PM ET
Any short list of candidates for the fictional title of “world’s greatest living jazz musician” would have to include tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins—who turns 81 today—directly at the top.
Monday Aug 29, 2011 00:00 PM ET
Today is the fifth anniversary of the fateful day when Hurricane Katrina disastrously made landfall in southeast Louisiana, settting in motion a chain of events still reverberating to this day. Do you really think we'd have seen the preventive measures...
Tuesday Jul 26, 2011 40:00 PM ET
Frank Benjamin Foster, III, the saxophonist-composer-arranger who made his mark performing in the Count Basie Orchestra and subsequently became its musical director, died today. He was 83 years old. After suffering a stroke in 2001 that incapacitated his left side...
Tuesday Jul 26, 2011 45:00 AM ET
On July 19th, Concord Records released The Mosaic Project, the fifth leader date by Grammy-nominated drummer, composer and producer Terri Lyne Carrington. It’s the fourth session on which Carrington coalesces -- as she states on a promotional video on her...
Monday Jul 25, 2011 25:00 PM ET
At a ceremony at its headquarters in Paris last Friday, UNESCO appointed jazz pianist and 14-time Grammy-winner Herbie Hancock a Goodwill Ambassador. Hancock responded to Director-General Irina Bokova’s request that he "contribute to UNESCO’s efforts to promote mutual understanding among...
Friday Jul 22, 2011 30:00 AM ET
Over the course of her 31 years hosting Piano Jazz, her popular NPR program, pianist Marian McPartland has presented, interviewed, and played with an staggering array of musicians.
Friday Jun 24, 2011 05:00 PM ET
There is no higher honor for a jazz musician than to be dubbed a "Jazz Master" by the National Endowment of the Arts, which announced its 2012 honorees this morning.
Friday Jun 24, 2011 00:00 AM ET
Donald Harrison comes as close as anyone from his generation at transforming the saxophone into an analogue for the human voice.
Wednesday Jun 22, 2011 55:00 PM ET
New York City is a perpetual jazzfest, and here's what this weekend has to offer.
Tuesday Jun 21, 2011 55:00 PM ET
A street busker in Paris at 15, lead singer with a Paris-based touring jazz and blues troupe by 16, Madeleine Peyroux--out of New Orleans and Brooklyn--grew up fast. Indeed, since her 1996 debut, Dreamland, observers have noted a world-weary quality...

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