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Deceptive Cadence
4:56 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Marin Alsop: A Utopian Musical Dream From South America

Marin Alsop conducted the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in a beachfront concert Sunday for 20,000 people in Santos, Brazil.
Desiree Furoni

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 10:40 am

Discovering Brazil has been a series of wonderful revelations for me. As principal conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra for the past year, I have been deeply moved and even changed by my exposure to this culture of passion and positivity.

Brazil's inherent societal belief that music improves quality of life, contributes to improved social behavior, and is an important vehicle to establish a peaceful society filled with tolerance and respect is a philosophy I once thought existed only in my utopian dreams.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:21 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Let It Snow: The Piano Jazz Holiday Show

Let it snow.
Keene and Chesire County Historical Photos via Flickr

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 8:00 am

Piano Jazz swings in the holiday season, as Marian McPartland and her guests from seasons past, present and future share favorite memories and unique musical performances of Christmas classics and original holiday tunes.

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Mountain Stage
3:13 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Spirit Family Reunion On Mountain Stage

Spirit Family Reunion.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:59 am

Spirit Family Reunion makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the historic Keith Albee Theater in Huntington, W.V., in partnership with the Marshall Artists Series.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
11:59 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Christmas Tunes on All This Jazz

Join us for All This Jazz here on Public Radio 89.5-1 on Saturday the 22nd, beginning at 10pm. (There will also be a rebroadcast of this show on Sunday the 23rd [beginning at 7pm] on Jazz 89.5-2, our mighty fine all-jazz HD Radio channel.)

It's our Christmas show --- with seasonal songs from Bela Fleck, Vince Guaraldi, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Joe Williams, John Zorn, Michael Carvin, Matt Wilson, Chet Baker, Jimmy Smith (see album cover herewith), Dexter Gordon, and many others.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:59 am
Fri December 21, 2012

The 12 Tones Of Christmas

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:03 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

Tenor Rolando Villazon: "I don't think you learn anything from blogs and reviews."
Philippe Merle AFP/Getty Images
  • Tenor Rolando Villazon let loose during a recent Q&A with The Arts Desk: "One thing that I haven't achieved is longevity. This will come — if it comes. That said, I don't think that longevity is a necessary part of a great career." And regarding his own health problems: "[My doctor] would have told [critics] the problem was biology. I would have got it if I had sung Mozart. It had nothing to do with repertoire or technique or how much I sang.
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Best Music Of 2012
3:12 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

The Black Arts: Making Jazz In The Mainstream

Robert Glasper at SXSW in March 2012.
Erich Schlegel The Washington Post/Getty Images

Had you been watching The Tonight Show with Jay Leno one Monday night last March, you might have seen pianist Robert Glasper leading his Experiment band from the NBC studios in Burbank, Calif. Had you preferred the Late Show with David Letterman, you might have seen bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding front a horn-heavy ensemble at the Ed Sullivan Theater in midtown Manhattan.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
10:03 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Dave Brubeck Quartet On JazzSet

Dave Brubeck at Newport.
Wiqan Ang for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:23 am

At the opening of his 2009 Newport Jazz Festival appearance, Dave Brubeck said, "A few concerts ago, we were in Washington, D.C., and [it] was Duke Ellington Month. So every church, joint and street corner were doing Duke Ellington, and I said to myself, 'He was my mentor, he helped me get started. Why don't I do some Ellington?' [And I said to the guys], 'Follow me, and I'll think of tunes as we go along.'"

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Music Reviews
12:57 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Tunes To 'Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard' To

Music by guitarist Fields Ward appears in the new collection Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard: Hard Time, Good Time & End Time Music, 1923-1936.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 8:32 pm

The first thing to note about the collection of old-timey music Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard is that it resulted from a record-discovery event that happens less and less often, and soon will likely never happen again. The music was recorded between 1923 and 1936. Most of the sides on the set are taken from 78s collected by the late Don Wahle of Louisville, Ky., and rescued from Dumpster destruction in 2010 by compiler Nathan Salsburg. Nineteen of the songs have never been reissued. Piles of moldy vinyl left behind by the deceased were once commonplace. No longer.

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All Songs Considered
6:03 am
Wed December 19, 2012

You'll Know This Band In 2013: The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 9:13 am

The world of acoustic music is about to get a new household name. The music of The Lone Bellow is born from tragedy and told with heart and simplicity. Zach Williams, a singer and songwriter for this Brooklyn-based group, is originally from Georgia, and his words began to flow following his wife's catastrophic horse riding accident that nearly left her paralyzed. Listen to The Lone Bellows' song "Two Sides of Lonely," from the band's forthcoming self-titled album.

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