Lee Mergner

Lee’s Contributions

10/08/13    In Person

Mary Halvorson: Leading by Example

Video interview with the composer, guitarist and bandleader taped at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival

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08/23/13    Books

Walk Tall:The Music & Life Of Julian “Cannonball” Adderley
Cary Ginell

The saxophonist and bandleader Cannonball Adderley was not only an important and influential figure in the evolution of postbop and soul jazz, he was also by most accounts a man with a message and a personality who was generally beloved by his fellow musicians...

05/24/13    Features

The Jazz Cruise: Beyond the Sea

Community, camaraderie and a non-stop program of top-flight jazz

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05/17/13    Books

World on a String: A Musical Memoir
John Pizzarelli and Joseph Cosgriff

Guitarist, singer and radio personality John Pizzarelli, 52, is one of the most entertaining and engaging performers on today’s jazz scene. In his new book, co-written with longtime collaborator Joseph Cosgriff, he recounts his life in music, and that life...

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04/28/13    In Person

John Clayton: Playing, Arranging, Teaching & Learning

In video interview from The Jazz Cruise 2013, the bassist talks about playing, arranging and teaching jazz

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04/21/13    In Person

Steve Wilson: Artistry & Versatility

In video interview from The Jazz Cruise 2013, the saxophonist talks about his multi-faceted career as both sideman and leader

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04/14/13    In Person

Joey DeFrancesco: Playing By Ear and Heart

In video interview from The Jazz Cruise 2013, the organist talks about learning his craft

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04/10/13    In Person

Jaleel Shaw: Creating a Soundtrack for Life

In video interview from The Jazz Cruise 2013, the saxophonist talks about how he received inspiration and support from his mother, Byard Lancaster and Roy Haynes

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04/07/13    In Person

Gerald Clayton: Learning On and Off the Bandstand

In video interview from The Jazz Cruise 2013, the pianist talks about growing up immersed in jazz, as well as about working with his peers

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03/31/13    In Person

Julian Lage: On the Path

In video interview from The Jazz Cruise 2013, the guitarist talks about his musical upbringing and about being inspired by Gary Burton, Nels Cline and Jim Hall

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03/17/13    Features

Join the Club: The 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony Revisited

A smaller venue brings intimacy, candor to the annual event

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02/12/13    Books

Book Review: Shall We Play That One Together?

Lee Mergner reviews Paul De Barros' biography of Marian McPartland

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12/26/12    News

Bluesman Buddy Guy Honored by the Kennedy Center

Broadcast of Kennedy Center Honors tribute airs on CBS

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12/09/12    In Person

Vince Giordano: Celebrating the Past in the Present

Video interview with the swing bandleader taped at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

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12/03/12    In Person

Ingrid Jensen: Living with the Trumpet

Video interview with the composer, trumpeter and bandleader taped at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

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12/03/12    Education

Pennies from Heaven

Six successful jazz artists recall their first paying gig

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