In Henry Dumas' short story "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?"three"afro-horns" have been forged from a rare metal found only in Africa and South America. One rests in a European museum; a second one is believed to be somewhere on the west coast of Mexico among a tribe of Indians; and a third is owned by Probe, a jazz musician. When Probe finally plays the afro-horn in public, the sound is devastatingly powerful.
Musically speaking, we travel to Iceland for Monday's installment of World Cafe: Next. Our featured artist is Ásgeir, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter who's on his way to making history. After releasing his debut album (In the Silence) in his homeland last year, the singer has the best-selling and fastest-selling debut album ever in Iceland.
Like Leonard Bernstein himself, there is absolutely nothing predictable about the music he wrote. None of the three amazing works Bernstein labeled as "symphonies" in any way resemble a conventional orchestral symphony.
Join us for the next installment of All This Jazz, beginning at 10pm Central on Saturday the 21st, right here on Public Radio 89.5-1. We'll also offer, as ever, a re-broadcast of the show on Sunday the 22nd (at 7pm) on Jazz 89.5-2, which is Public Radio Tulsa's terrific all-jazz HD Radio channel.
Each and every week, our program delivers modern jazz, both recent and classic, right up 'til midnight --- and for this week's ATJ, we're listening back to a great show that originally aired in March.
This week's artune is ripped from the headlines. More controversy for Russia and its official position on homosexuality: A new government-funded film — and its government funders — deny that Tchaikovsky was gay.
Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 10:06 am
Jessye Norman's commanding soprano voice makes her the quintessential operatic diva for many listeners. But she frequently draws inspirations from jazz: She ranks singers like Billie Holiday, Mabel Mercer and Sarah Vaughan high on her list of influences.