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4:10 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Indian Musicians Remember Their Teacher, Ravi Shankar

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Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 9:27 am

The world mourned the death this week of Indian maestro Ravi Shankar, whose name became synonymous with the sitar. Tributes eulogized Shankar as the great connector of the East and West who'd hobnobbed with The Beatles and collaborated with violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin. Less has been said about the roots of the music he spent a lifetime perfecting and innovating.

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A Blog Supreme
3:17 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

5 Jazz Christmas Albums For 2012

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra's new album is called Christmas Time Is Here.
Courtesy of the artist

There's a certain intensity of spirit in jazz and improvised music, to the point where it occasionally aligns with religious worship. You especially see it around Christmastime, when certain musicians who happen to be Christians purpose their craft in observance of the season.

Of course, sometimes jazz musicians just like playing familiar songs.

Here are five records, all from 2012, which run the gamut of Christmas jazz. From deep meditations on the holiday's narrative to more offbeat ways to get into the spirit, inventiveness isn't a scarce resource this winter.

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Mountain Stage
12:01 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Jesse Harris On Mountain Stage

Jesse Harris.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:44 am

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Jesse Harris makes his fourth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:55 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Every Time Quasthoff Sings An Angel Gets His Wings

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 1:30 pm

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. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

NPR Story
10:31 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Steve Kuhn On Piano Jazz

Steve Kuhn.
Courtesy of the artist

Steve Kuhn's resume is a virtual who's-who of the jazz world.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:10 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

The late sitar master and Indian cultural legend Ravi Shankar performing in Bangalore in February 2012.
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Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 8:46 am

There's no way around what a sad week it's been in music.

  • Charles Rosen, prodigious pianist, scholar and polymath, died Sunday in New York at age 85.
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Mountain Stage
3:55 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Barnaby Bright On Mountain Stage

Barnaby Bright.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:19 am

The indie-folk duo Barnaby Bright makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.V. The many instruments the two often use reflect the traditions they've picked up in their travels as musicians. It's not uncommon for the pair to employ harmonium, banjo, ukulele, floorboard bass, thumb pianos and multiple guitars in a single set.

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World Cafe
3:34 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Josh Ritter On World Cafe

Josh Ritter.
Laura Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 5:22 pm

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Josh Ritter has blurred the line between narrator and musician. Beyond music, Ritter is also an author; he published his first novel, Bright's Passage, in 2011. He bridges the divide between his two occupations in his lyrics and performances, which always have an air of storytelling about them.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
1:31 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Wynton Marsalis On JazzSet

The clock strikes midnight with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Frank Stewart for Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:32 am

The energy in the room is palpable, as Wynton Marsalis launches into "Dipper Mouth Blues," a tune named for King Oliver's trumpet player, Louis Armstrong. "New Orleans Bump" features the whimsical clarinet of Victor Goines.

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The Checkout: Live
5:10 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

The Cookers + Geri Allen And Timeline: Live From 92Y Tribeca

The front line of The Cookers. L-R: Billy Harper, David Weiss, Eddie Henderson, Craig Handy.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 11:41 am

Take a group of heavyweight jazz masters — the kind who helped to make the classic records that defined the modern idiom — and put them together on stage: Of course there'll be fireworks. But the all-star collection known as The Cookers has cohered into a band which has toured for five years now, and released three albums of mostly original compositions. Their latest, 2012's Believe, proudly captures this band's meat-and-potatoes spirit, and brings some deserved attention to its members' storied and ongoing careers.

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