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JazzSet
2:44 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom On JazzSet

Allison Miller leads Boom Tic Boom at the Kennedy Center during the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:19 pm

Allison Miller has a jazz portfolio with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Steven Bernstein and a host of others, as well as a pop career with Brandi Carlile, Ani DiFranco and Natalie Merchant. She's a U.S.

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Concerts
1:38 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Tanglewood At 75: Opening Night With The Boston Symphony Orchestra

The Boston Symphony Orchestra opened their 75th anniversary season at Tanglewood on July 6, 2012.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 3:07 pm

Seventy-five years ago, an American institution was born: Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a cultural mecca to arts lovers and the musical refuge for generations of young artists.

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A Blog Supreme
11:37 am
Thu June 28, 2012

A Cirque Du Soleil For The Senses: Five Jazz Groups From Montreal

L'Orkestre des Pas Perdus' latest album, L'âge du cuivre, was just nominated for a Juno Award.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 2:04 pm

C'est la saison de jazz à Montreal! Starting Thursday night and running through next weekend, Francophone Canada's cultural metropolis hosts its grand prix: the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The self-proclaimed "largest jazz festival in the world" casts a musical spell over the city, across 10 outdoor stages, 15 concert halls and clubs galore with more than 1,000 shows.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:42 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Why Is There So Much Britten In 'Moonrise Kingdom'?

The cast of Moonrise Kingdom.
courtesy of Focus Features

Originally published on Sun July 1, 2012 11:20 am

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Music
2:26 am
Thu June 28, 2012

The Bajo Quinto: The Instrument That Will Not Go Gently

Don Telesforo next to a bajo quinto, holding a jarana mixteca.
Courtesy of Ruben Luengas

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 11:34 am

Almost 20 years ago, a young student at the National University of Mexico went in search of a very old instrument in the mountains of the southern state of Oaxaca. Today, he has become a leading force in the revival of the instrument called the bajo quinto and the music played on it.

Ruben Luengas was working on a research project at the National School of Music in Mexico City in 1995. He wanted to focus on the music of his hometown, in the Mixtec region of Oaxaca, so he asked his 97-year-old grandmother to tell him about the music played at her wedding.

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All Songs Considered Blog
5:01 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

'Big Easy Express': Three Bands, One Train, A Ton Of Music

Bryan Ling

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 7:25 am

Attention fans of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show: You are bound for glory! Big Easy Express is a new film featuring all three bands and their whistle-stop journey from Oakland to New Orleans aboard a vintage train.

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Thistle and Shamrock
4:20 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Solas

Solas
Courtesy of the artist

The music of Solas is always exciting perhaps because it's constantly evolving. Meet Seamus Egan and Win Horan who chat about their roles in shaping Irish-America's most influential band and share loads of their music with us.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

A Blog Supreme
9:45 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Jazz's Hallowed Basement In Photos

The Village Vanguard's awning and sign have become iconic among jazz aficionados.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:29 pm

The Village Vanguard is one of jazz's hallowed venues — quite an achievement for a cramped basement room with a capacity of 123 people.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:56 am
Wed June 27, 2012

New York Polyphony's Living Room Madrigal

Mito-Habe Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:41 pm

For New York Polyphony, it's location, location, location. The four-man vocal ensemble thrives on music from the Renaissance, much of it designed for cavernous, reverberant spaces. Think voices soaring through arched cathedrals. But madrigals by Flemish composer Orlando di Lasso, with their more intimate storytelling vibe, are suited for smaller venues — like, say, the living room of New York Polyphony bass Craig Phillips.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:10 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Old Music Tuesday: Bill Fay's 'Be Not So Fearful'

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 9:41 pm

The story of English folk singer Bill Fay is both heartbreaking and inspiring. A gifted songwriter with a profoundly affecting voice, Fay released a couple of albums in the early '70s. But they didn't sell very well, he was dropped by his label and largely disappeared.

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