NYU Steinhardt has numerous bands of various sizes.

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NYU Steinhardt Offers a Global Perspective

If jazz has an epicenter, New York is it. And in New York, Greenwich Village—longtime home of iconic clubs like the Village Vanguard and the Blue Note—still has cachet.



Kevin Hays/Mark Turner/Marc Miralta

Where Are You
(Fresh Sound)

John Yao’s Triceratops
How We Do
(See Tao)

Duduka Da Fonseca/Helio Alves/Maucha Adnet
Samba Jazz & Tom Jobim

Echoes Of Swing
Winter Days At Schloss Elmau


Michael Formanek Very Practical Trio

Even Better

Tomeka Reid Quartet
Old New

Erroll Garner
Campus Concert
(Mack Avenue/Octave Music)


Chet Baker (1929–1988)

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Chet Baker’s Tale of Woe

In the middle 1950s, Chet Baker was the young Lochinvar out of the West, the fair-haired boy of critics and laymen alike, riding in on his golden trumpet. Rising to prominence with Gerry Mulligan’s pianoless quartet, as the West Coast jazz movement began its popular sway, he won the New Star award in DownBeat’s first International Jazz Critics Poll in 1953. Then Baker formed his own quartet and went on to win both the DownBeat and Metronome readers’ polls for the next two years.

Now, approximately 11 years after the first flush of success, he…

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