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Ralph Peterson Jr., a drummer, bandleader, composer and educator whose lunging propulsion and volatile combustion were hallmarks of a jazz career spanning more than 40 years, died on Monday in North Dartmouth, Mass. The cause was complications from cancer, his manager, Laura Martinez, tells NPR Music; Peterson had been living with the disease for the last six years. He was 58.

Vijay Iyer recorded Uneasy, his forthcoming ECM album, at the close of 2019, in the waning light of what's sometimes wryly hailed as "the before-times."

"It was really on the cusp of, well, the rest of everything," Iyer, a pianist and composer of exceptional renown, tells NPR Music. "I'm really glad to have this document of what we used to be, and what we will be again. This is a reminder of what's possible: how we can be together, how we can move together, how we can build something together."

If you've been a jazz fan for any length of time, you know farewells are an essential part of the deal. But this was a harder year than most, as the ravages of a pandemic compounded and quickened the scope of our losses, especially during a heartbreaking stretch last spring.

From Lionel Hampton to Milt Jackson, to Bobby Hutcherson and beyond, every jazz generation has had its swinging heroes on the vibraphone. Since around the turn of the century, we've had a leading light in Stefon Harris.

NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Come to KIOS.org

Oct 8, 2019
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KIOS is proud to bring NPR Tiny Desk concerts to the online home of Omaha Public Radio!

Tiny Desk concerts are recorded live at the desk of NPR Music’s Bob Boilen and feature a wide range of artists, from Sharon Van Etten to Roseanne Cash to Sesame Street.  Not only will you have access to the latest, but you can also stream performances from their archive.  You can find a link to listen in at the KIOS homepage, then click for great music from around the world!