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Deceptive Cadence
10:37 am
Thu November 1, 2012

How Is The White House Like The Opera House?

With the presidential election set for Tuesday, we take a look at operas that tackle today's toughest political issues.
Scott Olson Getty Images

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A Blog Supreme
9:26 am
Thu November 1, 2012

5 New Directions In Jazz Evolution

For his debut album, drummer Henry Cole put together a band united under the umbrella of Afrobeat.
Marisol Diaz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 9:03 am

For better or for worse, jazz has been in a constant state of change since the day it was born.

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JazzSet
9:24 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Benny Green Trio On JazzSet

Benny Green.
Courtesy of the artist

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

The pioneering pianist Thelonious Monk left behind a treasure trove of compositions. Onstage at the KC Jazz Club at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., a current jazz treasure is here to play some of the best. Benny Green is on piano with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums.

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Mountain Stage
4:08 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Mollie O'Brien And Rich Moore On Mountain Stage

Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore perform on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:53 am

Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore appear here on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. Host Larry Groce says that of the nearly 2,000 guests who have appeared on the show, O'Brien is "perhaps the best singer we've ever had." This marks her 13th appearance on Mountain Stage, and her second alongside her partner in both music and life, guitarist and singer Rich Moore.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:13 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Symphonic Superstorms: A Puzzler

A satellite's view of Hurricane Sandy as it moves inland, Oct. 30, 2012.
NASA Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 4:20 pm

Call it what you want — superstorm, Frankenstorm, post-tropical cyclone — Mother Nature dished out something freakishly fearsome with Hurricane Sandy. It claimed more than 100 lives throughout the Northeast and the Caribbean, while causing what will surely be billions of dollars of damage in the form of washed-out businesses and flood-ravaged homes. It's a history-making hurricane that, alas, will not be soon forgotten.

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A Blog Supreme
12:11 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Michel Petrucciani: The 'Mischievous Elf' Of The Piano

Michel Petrucciani on the concert stage in February 1993.
Frederic Reglain Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 4:06 pm

Michel Petrucciani was the first important jazz pianist I ever saw live. In retrospect, it's hard to believe that he would make it to Guéret, my tiny hometown in the middle of France. But in 1992, on a tour called "Like father like son" ("Tel père tel fils"), Petrucciani came to perform with his father, guitar player Tony Petrucciani.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:55 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Gidon Kremer's Bach Makeover

For violinist Gidon Kremer's new album, he commissioned 11 composers to rework and build on keyboard music by J.S. Bach.
Courtesy of ECM records

Perhaps no other composer's music has been dressed up (and down) in a wider variety of outfits than Johann Sebastian Bach's.

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Mountain Stage
4:22 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Chris Hillman And Herb Pedersen On Mountain Stage

Stephan Hoglund Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:25 pm

Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen make their second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. As members of The Byrds, The Dillards, The Flying Burrito Brothers and the Desert Rose Band, Hillman and Pedersen have been part of the fabric of American music for nearly half a century.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:02 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Composer Hans Werner Henze Remembered

Late composer and conductor Hans Werner Henze, circa 1965.
Erich Auerbach/Hulton Archive Getty Images

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A Blog Supreme
9:31 am
Mon October 29, 2012

'Treme,' Ep. 27: The Fat Man

DJ Davis (Steve Zahn) gains an audience with Fats Domino and his many gold records.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

Born in 1928, Fats Domino enjoyed the first of his many hits — almost all of which were created in New Orleans — when "The Fat Man" rose up the R&B charts all the way to No. 2. That was in 1950. Which explains all the records on the wall at his house, and the regal status he is afforded.

That, and other musical explainers, are in our latest Treme music recap, with WBGO's Josh Jackson.

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