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A Blog Supreme
11:13 am
Sat June 9, 2012

Six Creative Presenters Finding New Audiences For Jazz

The New York City club Smalls has made its shows available via live webcast and records some of them for an in-house record label.
Michelle Watt Courtesy of Smalls

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 6:42 pm

Recently on A Blog Supreme, pianist and blogger Kurt Ellenberger expressed doubt that audiences for jazz can continue to grow, writing that audience development is "a tall order that seems insurmountable." Although this alarm bell has been sounded by jazz writers for at least seven decades, musicians stubbornly seem to keep on playing, and new fans keep on discovering the music.

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A Blog Supreme
11:13 am
Sat June 9, 2012

Your Comments About Building Jazz Audiences And Musicians With Day Jobs

Discussion about the future of jazz audiences — and how to cope with them — was strong.

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Song Travels
3:42 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Rickie Lee Jones On 'Song Travels'

Rickie Lee Jones.
Greg Allen

Originally published on Mon June 25, 2012 9:15 am

Two-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones has been pushing down musical boundaries for over four decades with her hauntingly beautiful voice and fearless experimentation. She has carved out a unique path in music, collaborating with artists from Alison Krauss to Dr. John.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:09 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: June 8, 2012

The London Symphony Orchestra, performing for real at a free concert in Trafalgar Square last month.
LEON NEAL AFP/Getty Images
  • The London Symphony Orchestra, live at the Olympics opening ceremony? Yeah, not so much. The musicians will mime to a recording of themselves.
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Deceptive Cadence
10:58 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Introducing Siri Georg Solti

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:47 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.

Deceptive Cadence
9:26 am
Fri June 8, 2012

The Peril Of The Flying Violin

Recent revisions to British Airways' carry-on luggage rules can confuse travelers with musical instruments.

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:50 pm

My two-week stay in Europe ended earlier this week with a stroke of luck: My German father-in-law gave me his beautiful old violin, the one he's played since he was 11. But getting it back safely to the U.S. was more of a problem than I imagined.

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All Songs Considered Blog
1:52 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Video Premiere: 'David Wax Museum In Shanghai'

Todd Roeth/ Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 12:37 pm

In March, indie-folk band The David Wax Museum spent a week bringing enthusiastic performances, infectious joy and butchered Mandarin phrases to China. This compelling mini-documentary chronicles the band's trip as "cultural ambassadors" at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. In an email, band-member Suz Slezak explains how the trip came about:

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12:46 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Bankrupt At Home, Philly Orchestra Looks To China

The Philadelphia Orchestra, which declared bankruptcy last year, has been performing in China, where it is looking to develop new streams of revenue.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 7:17 pm

The Philadelphia Orchestra has just wrapped up a 10-day visit to China, its seventh trip to the country over the past four decades.

But this trip was different.

The orchestra is preparing to come out of bankruptcy, and this tour was about its survival. It hopes to balance its books by building new audiences and new revenues in the world's second-largest economy.

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Music Reviews
11:25 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Paying Tribute To San Francisco DJ Cheb I Sabbah

Cheb i Sabbah.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 10, 2012 7:53 am

Cheb i Sabbah's life traces an almost fairy-tale perfect path through the evolution of what's now called world music. Born in Algeria in 1947, he absorbed the Judeo-Arabic Andalusian music of his local culture before he joined the '60s rebellion and became a 17-year-old DJ playing soul 45s in Paris. By the end of the decade, he'd moved to New York and become friends with trumpeter Don Cherry, famous for his association with Ornette Coleman and a pioneer in the concept of multicultural music.

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Mountain Stage
10:30 am
Thu June 7, 2012

The Pines On Mountain Stage

The Pines.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 9:20 am

Led by Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt, ethereal folk-rock group The Pines makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Paramount Theater in Bristol, Tenn./Va. As a young boy growing up Iowa, Ramsey watched as his father — producer and guitarist Bo Ramsey — helped craft the definitive alt-country sound alongside Lucinda Williams.

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