Jazzset with Dee Dee Bridgewater on KENW FM

Saturdays at 11 p.m.

JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater brings you music in performance, sweet and hot, every week. With her fine, friendly voice, Grammy and Tony Award-winning host Dee Dee Bridgewater introduces sets from locales like Kennedy Center Jazz in Washington DC, festivals from North Sea to Monterey, and top clubs like Jazz Standard in New York. 

JazzSet's recordings capture the legends, today's top bands, and promising new talent. Occasionally, JazzSet dips into the archives and Dee Dee shares a moment that's too good not to share.

  • June 29:  Miguel Zenon & Laurent Coq ... Dafnis Prieto Sextet
  • July 5:   Triveni with Avishai Cohen and Guest Anat cohen
  • July 12:  Ryan Truesdell and the Gil Evans Project at Newport
  • July 19:  Bill Frizsell and Music of John Lennon
  • July 26:  Charles Lloyd at Newport
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JazzSet
6:03 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Gretchen Parlato, The Cookers On JazzSet

Gretchen Parlato performing at the Caramoor Jazz Festival in Katonah, N.Y. July 28.
Gabe Palacio Courtesy of the Caramoor Festival

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 1:19 pm

Ninety years ago near the village of Katonah, N.Y., art lovers Walter and Lucie Rosen bought Caramoor, a wooded estate, and built a home for their collection of painting and sculpture. Every room was a gallery, including their favorite, the Music Room; after they lost their only son in World War II, they presented a small concert series there to honor him. So began the transformation of Caramoor from a private home to an arts center and treasure for Westchester County, north of New York City.

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JazzSet
2:57 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Billy Childs Quartet On JazzSet

Billy Childs.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:33 am

It's New Year's Eve at The Blue Whale, a "live jazz + art space" in the Little Tokyo section of downtown Los Angeles. Founded in 2009 by singer Joon Lee, this is a listening room. There's food at the bar, poetry (Rumi!) on the ceiling, and wall-to-wall people. The Blue Whale has been sold out for days, and the phone keeps ringing off the hook because everybody wants to be on the air, cheering for Billy Childs live on NPR's Toast of the Nation.

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JazzSet
10:50 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Dee Dee Bridgewater On JazzSet

Dee Dee Bridgewater (right) smiles big with pianist Edsel Gomez.
Richard Conde

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 1:20 pm

Dee Dee Bridgewater's smile says it all: she's singing this week on JazzSet from the Caramoor Jazz Festival.

All summer, Caramoor presents chamber music, opera, Latin music, a resident orchestra and more — rain or shine. And it did rain in 2012, though the audience stayed dry under the Venetian Theater roof with Bridgewater and her awesome band.

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JazzSet
2:01 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Lewis Nash Quintet, Kurt Elling On JazzSet

Drummer Lewis Nash performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 1:23 pm

There are three stages at the Newport Jazz Festival. At least two are always running simultaneously. Given the surfeit of options, it's rare to hear a complete set. The question begins to nag: Should be we somewhere else? And away you go, leaving a work in progress to make sure you don't miss one getting underway.

But sometimes if you choose a spot on the lawn and stay put, the juxtaposition of two bands delivers a fine festival experience. Sunday morning, August 5, 2012, on the Quad Stage is such a time.

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JazzSet
1:15 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

John Ellis, Darcy James Argue On JazzSet

Saxophonist John Ellis (center) performs with Matt Perrine (left) on sousaphone at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 1:27 pm

As we re-release these two sets from Newport, saxophonist John Ellis (leader of one, player in the other) is leading workshops in Portugal and Italy. Darcy James Argue has released a studio recording of Brooklyn Babylon, and his Secret Society tied with the Maria Schneider Orchestra for the Big Band of 2013 in the just-out DownBeat Critics Poll.

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