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3:03 pm
Sat May 5, 2012

John Fullbright: The Man (And Album) Written In Oklahoma

John Fullbright's new album is From the Ground Up.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 9:38 am

Okemah, Okla. — the birthplace of Woody Guthrie — has another musical native son to call its own. John Fullbright's recordings mix folk, country and blues, and his lyrics often tackle big-picture topics.

"I grew up with a lot of questions that couldn't really seem to be answered," Fullbright tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "Why are we here? Did some higher power make all of this? Did he make me? And songwriting is kind of your own voice, your strongest voice, that you can use to ask yourself those questions."

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Deceptive Cadence
2:41 pm
Sat May 5, 2012

Fireworks From Cuba, And Schubert That Grooves: New Classical Albums

The new album by The Knights, A Second of Silence, celebrates Schubert and more modern but like-minded composers.
Ancalagon Records

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 6:37 pm

Although it always seems fashionable to forecast the downfall of classical music, enterprising musicians both young and not so young continue to make deeply satisfying recordings. For this visit to weekends on All Things Considered, I was delighted to uncover the little known (at least in this country) Jorge Luis Prats, a terrifically talented Cuban pianist whose once uncertain career appears to be resurging — at 55, he has signed a handsome record deal. Then there's The Knights, a young chamber orchestra with a postmodern take on Schubert.

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A Blog Supreme
1:16 pm
Sat May 5, 2012

To Revive A Jazz City, A Philadelphia Musician Stages A Festival

Ernest Stuart, founder of the Center City Jazz Festival, performs during a mid-afternoon set with his quartet.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:02 pm

From the first downbeat of the first Center City Jazz Festival in Philadelphia, you could hear history in the air — and maybe history being made.

The Wade Dean Enspiration, a gutsy young quintet, led off the festival with "Gingerbread Boy" by Jimmy Heath, one of Philly's many homegrown jazz legends. It was 1 p.m. last Saturday, and the dim carpeted room upstairs at Fergie's Pub was starting to fill up.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:37 am
Sat May 5, 2012

Elgar's Belated Symphony: Majestic, Noble And Perfectly British

British composer Edward Elgar, seated at his desk at Severn House in Hampstead. His Symphony No. 1 was hailed as the best British symphony ever when it debuted in 1908.
Reginald Haines Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 9:26 am

When Edward Elgar unveiled his first symphony in 1908, it was hailed as the greatest British symphony ever written. The London papers were ecstatic.

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The Record
5:37 am
Sat May 5, 2012

In New Orleans, A Health Clinic For Working Musicians

The Stooges Brass Band performs during the 2012 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 9:26 am

The annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is in full swing until Sunday. The event draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world — and also working musicians playing the festival.

Many of the performers don't have health insurance, so when they need a tuneup, they get care from the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic. It's one of a few health centers in the country that provide care exclusively to artists.

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A Blog Supreme
6:30 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: May 4, 2012

A new profile of Blue Note Records head Don Was, pictured here at the 2009 BMI Country Awards, reveals some interesting signings.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 7:11 am

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A Blog Supreme
4:10 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Ron Carter: 75 Years Of Superb Bass

Legendary bassist Ron Carter turns 75 today.
Beti Niemeyer

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 2:59 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
2:24 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: May 4, 2012

Domingo Pl — er, Placido Domingo.
Sheila Rock courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 5, 2012 7:38 am

  • I'm not sure how the Daily Mail arrived at the unfortunate headline "An Unlikely Fan: Why Opera's Biggest Star, Domingo Placido Is Crazy For Lady Gaga." The obvious hed goof aside, it's not like Domingo gives La Gaga effusive praise: "I think Lady Gaga has a very good voice. Absolutely. She has a wonderful voice.
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A Blog Supreme
5:26 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Our Intern Listens To 'Bitches Brew' For The First Time

Columbia/Legacy

NPR Music intern extraordinaire Dominic Martinez is soon to graduate college and leave us with a lot more work. But before his last day tomorrow (sob), he also left us with some of his own writing.

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Classics in Concert
5:10 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Danielle De Niese In Concert

NPR

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 7:18 pm

At first blush, you might not think operas and nightclubs would be a natural pairing. But an evening at New York's (Le) Poisson Rouge with Danielle de Niese — the 33-year-old star soprano who calls herself a "diva for the digital age" — proved a blend of uptown music and downtown grit could be just right.

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