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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
12:55 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Highlights From The Umbria Jazz Festival On JazzSet

Mauro Ottolini at the Umbria Jazz Festival.
Courtesy of the Umbria Jazz Festival

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:10 pm

The Umbria Festival in Italy turns 40 this summer. Umbria presents jazz indoors and out in two historic cities — Perugia in summer, Orvieto in winter. Marching bands parade; gospel choirs sing. Concerts start at noon, midnight and all the hours in between. (The New Year's Eve show in Orvieto begins at 1 a.m. on New Year's Day.) And the musicians can be delightfully unfamiliar, at least to American ears.

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Mountain Stage
12:35 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy On Mountain Stage

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:28 am

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded before a sold-out audience in Charleston, W.Va. A highly regarded singer-songwriter who remains willfully outside the mainstream, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy — one of the many stage names for Will Oldham — has been known to West Virginia audiences since 1987, when he co-starred in John Sayles' film Matewan.

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Music Reviews
4:50 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Freshlyground: Polished African Pop On The Global Dance Floor

Take Me to the Dance is the latest album from Freshlyground.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 6:19 pm

Freshlyground has been one of the most talked about bands out of post-apartheid South Africa. One reason is the voice of lead singer Zolani Mahola. Mahola is a powerhouse; she and six other black and white musicians from around southern Africa make up the group. They came together in 2002 to forge a new sound, repackaging folk roots and classic African pop with a slick veneer of international pop production.

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Classics in Concert
3:01 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Tokyo String Quartet Bids Boston A Bittersweet Farewell

After 43 seasons, the Tokyo String Quartet launches a farewell tour and serenades Boston with a final concert.
Christian Ducasse

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:11 pm

Virtually everyone writing about the Tokyo String Quartet's final tour this year is drawn to the word "bittersweet," and with good reason: After 43 seasons, the group gave its farewell Boston concert last week at WGBH. The quartet is rising to the emotional occasion by playing with heightened finesse and dimension, sounding better than ever.

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Mountain Stage
10:25 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Camper Van Beethoven On Mountain Stage

Camper Van Beethoven performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:11 pm

Camper Van Beethoven makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded before a sold-out audience in Charleston, W.Va. Alt-rock pioneers in the truest sense, the band members first got together in 1983, led by singer-songwriter David Lowery in Redlands, Calif. The group's infectious and constantly evolving amalgam of pop, punk, ska, folk and country found an audience in the area's hardcore punk scene.

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A Blog Supreme
4:42 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

The Creators Of Jazz Appreciation Month Start Celebrating

A group of musicians and major donors pose with Lionel Hampton's vibraphone at the 2013 Jazz Appreciation Month launch. From left: Mark Dibner of The Argus Fund, drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Fran Morris Rosman of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, pianist Randy Weston, Richard Rosman of the Ella Fitzgerald foundation and Smithsonian American History Museum Director John Gray.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

The 12th official Jazz Appreciation Month began when April did. But today, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, which founded the JAM campaign, kick started its own celebration with a series of performances, discussions and ceremonies.

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World Cafe's Sense Of Place: Nashville
2:31 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Gillian Welch And David Rawlings On World Cafe

David Rawlings and Gillian Welch.
Mark Seliger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 2:16 pm

For World Cafe's Sense of Place: Nashville edition, we knew we wanted to talk with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings to get their take on changes in the city over the last couple of decades. The country-folk singer-songwriters moved to Nashville in 1993 and have worked there ever since, recording at historic studios like RCA Studio B before buying the legendary Woodland Studios.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:42 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Can Yo-Yo Ma Fix The Arts?

Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Cristina Pato perform during Ma's Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center.
David Hathcox/Americans for the Arts

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 10:54 am

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Mountain Stage
11:14 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Bahamas On Mountain Stage

Bahamas performs live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:17 am

The folk-rock band Bahamas makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded before a sold-out audience in Charleston, W.Va. Led by Finnish-Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist Afie Jurvanen, Bahamas combines elements of classic rock and blue-eyed soul harmonies to create something evocative and beautiful.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:02 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Chopin's 'Mad Men' Cameo

Dr. Arnold Rosen (Brian Markinson) and Sylvia Rosen (Linda Cardellini) celebrate New Year's Eve with Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) and Don Draper (Jon Hamm) as the sixth season of Mad Men opens.
Michael Yarish/AMC

Mad Men's music is as important as its plot and costumes. While attention has been lavished on its pop songs, the show's occasional use of classical music has gone largely unrecognized.

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