Jazz Night in America

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NPR Music, Member Station WBGO, and Jazz at Lincoln Center unite to create the next generation of jazz programming from public radio. Hosted by multiple Grammy Award-winning musician Christian McBride, Jazz Night in America presents content on multiple platforms and from across the nation to share this uniquely American art form and reinvigorate public media jazz programming for audiences today. 

The program features storytelling with concert performances, connecting jazz enthusiasts and potential new fans with artists and venues -- and each other -- through weekly, one-hour broadcasts and an array of live signature videocasts and on-demand video of jazz events from today's great artists and venues. It encourages a deeper conversation with musicians, representatives of arts organizations and the major institutions of the jazz world, and arts educators in their community. 

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Jazz Night: Musical Cannibalism With Cyro Baptista

Nov 15, 2016

“We’re all eating each other,” says Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista. He draws inspiration from a 1930s Brazilian art movement known called “Anthropofagia,” which is all about cannibalizing culture.

(Want to know how his Keys instrument sounds? Watch this NPR Video.)

Anthropofagia is a concept based on an essay published by the poet and father of Brazilian modernism, Oswald de Andrade. Baptista has applied this philosophy to create ingenious music for more than five decades.

"Everything that comes from outside," he says. "We eat and we digest and regurgitate and eat again and again and again. That's what happened in Brazil, and now that's what happened with all of us, no?.”

In the world of Brazilian percussion, few players have shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, Trey Anastasio of Phish, and Sting. This Jazz Night In America concert showcases Baptista's experimental and funk undertones as he performs traditional Brazilian grooves like forro and samba. We'll also visit Home Depot and take a trip into the woods to see how he creates a new percussion instrument for his arsenal.