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Deceptive Cadence
10:37 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Orchestra Strikes, The Winter Of 'Spring For Music' And A Fertile Face For Opera

Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony in happier times.
Todd Rosenberg courtesy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • The biggest news of the week was the walkout at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which forced the cancellation of the first Saturday night concert of the 2012-13 season. Management and the players wrestled over players' health care contributions. How does their compensation stack up, you may ask? "The current average salary of CSO musicians, who have a base salary of $145,000, is $173,000.
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Live in Concert
10:15 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Efterklang With Wordless Music Orchestra, Live In Concert

Efterklang performs with Wordless Music Orchestra at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Ryan Muir for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:31 pm

The Danish art-rock trio Efterklang took the stage with the Wordless Music Orchestra at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Thursday for this, the American premiere of music from the band's album Piramida.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
6:53 am
Fri September 28, 2012

The Arrival of Autumn on ATJ

"Early Autumn," "Autumn in New York," "Autumn Serenade," "Autumn Nocturne," and so forth.... The cool and colorful fall season is finally here, thank goodness, and on the next edition of All This Jazz, on the 29th, we'll celebrate precisely that. Our second-hour theme, in other words, will be "Autumn" on 9/29/12 --- and thus we'll hear all the gorgeous tunes listed above, plus many more. Join us on KWGS-FM 89.5-1 on Saturday night at 10pm. It's All This Jazz --- modern jazz, both recent and classic.

A Blog Supreme
4:05 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Five Essential Bud Powell Recordings

Bud Powell pioneered bebop-style improvisation on the piano.
Metronome Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 11:12 am

Ever wish you could travel back in time to New York's 52nd Street — circa 1950, during the heyday of bebop — and whisper into Charlie Parker, or Dizzy Gillespie, or Thelonious Monk's ear, and ask them: Who was their favorite pianist to listen to? They would all give the same answer: Bud Powell.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:31 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Guest DJ: Klaus Heymann, Founder Of Naxos

Naxos founder Klaus Heymann.
Lam King Yin Courtesy of Naxos

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 12:07 pm

Twenty-five years ago, no one — and I mean no one — would have predicted that a little budget label out of Hong Kong would totally upend the classical music industry. But after doing everything pretty much counter to received wisdom, the Naxos catalog includes more than 7,000 recordings, and they've sold more than 115 million CDs worldwide. A very popular streaming service, the Naxos Music Library, contains nearly a million tracks.

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JazzSet
2:54 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Catherine Russell, Virginia Mayhew On JazzSet

Catherine Russell performs at the Mary Lou Williams Festival.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:34 am

Catherine Russell is a lady born to music. Her father, Luis Russell (1902-63), was Louis Armstrong's orchestra leader beginning in the mid-1930s. Her mother, Carline Ray, is a bassist, singer, great all-around musician and a member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the 1940s all-woman band that swung as hard as the men. "This Daughter of Jazz Is One Cool Cat," reads the headline of Nat Hentoff's profile for The Wall Street Journal.

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World Cafe
2:49 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Yasek Manzano: Jazz From Havana's Streets

Yasek Manzano.
Courtesy of the artist

All month, World Cafe invites listeners to discover the music of Havana, Cuba, with the series Sense of Place.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:45 am
Thu September 27, 2012

The 2012 Gramophone Awards: Some Surprises, Lots Of (Repeated) Familiar Names

Tenor Joseph Calleja, the 2012 Gramophone Artist of the Year.
Mathias Bothor courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 12:07 pm

In terms of international prestige, it's hard to think of bigger prizes in the classical community than those given annually by the British classical music magazine Gramophone (where I served as the North America editor for several years). Sure, the Grammys have more general name recognition, but these Eurocentric awards, completely dedicated to classical music, offer far more depth and breadth than their nearest American counterparts, both in terms of artists and repertoire.

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A Blog Supreme
4:33 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Jazz As A Liberal Arts Education

David Liebman.
Naoki Hayashi Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 11:17 am

For conservatory-trained jazz musicians, it's a scary job market out there. Saxophonist Dave Liebman, an NEA Jazz Master and veteran statesman, paints a bleak picture:

In the current world of jazz education, the situation vis a vis graduating more and more of the most equipped musicians in history (every year more so) in stark contrast to the scarcity of paid performance and recording opportunities has assumed epic disproportion. To deny this would be like ignoring global warming. Serious educators are and should be concerned.

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Mountain Stage
12:56 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

The New Rope String Band On Mountain Stage

The New Rope String Band.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:37 am

The New Rope String Band makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. Based in the U.K., New Rope first came to the attention of Mountain Stage host Larry Groce by recommendation of Tim O'Brien, when the show traveled to Scotland as part of the 2011 Celtic Connections festival.

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