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4:58 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Ten Top Swing Bands on Big Band Saturday Night

Artie Shaw with his Big Band
Credit Wikimedia

This weekend on Big Band Saturday Night: The Top 10 Swing Bands.

Help me count them down with their famous instrumental hits and many of their featured vocalists chartbusters.

All for you at 8 o'clock on 89.5!

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A Blog Supreme
4:30 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies

Jimmy Scott performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2001.
Leon Morris Redferns

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 12:59 pm

Singer Jimmy Scott died of natural causes Thursday morning at his home in Las Vegas at age 88, according to his booking agent, Jean-Pierre Leduc.

Scott suffered from Kallmann's syndrome, a lifelong affliction that prevented his body from maturing through puberty. The condition slowed his growth, leaving his stature at 4 feet 11 inches until his late 30s. It also affected his vocal cords, giving him a high voice that was often misidentified as a woman's.

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Code Switch
3:28 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier

Andrew Stenson plays Pvt. Danny Chen in An American Soldier, a new opera about the hazing and death of the Chinese-American soldier from New York City.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 11:34 am

About two years ago, playwright David Henry Hwang turned down an offer to write a play about the brief life and suicide of Army Pvt. Danny Chen.

But an opera? He couldn't refuse.

"This is a story with big emotions, big primary colors in a way, and big plot events," says Hwang, who wrote the libretto for An American Soldier, a new hourlong opera commissioned by Washington National Opera.

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Music
10:07 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble On This Week's Performance Oklahoma

The Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma presented their fifth series of concerts this season on Monday, April 7th at All Soul's Episcopal Church and on Tuesday, April 8th at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. The program, entitled And Legions will Rise featured works variously scored for clarinet, strings and marimba by Carl Maria von Weber, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Louis Spohr and Edward Knight and takes its name from the Title of the final piece of the program by Kevin Puts.

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World Cafe
1:44 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Latin Roots: Music Of The World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup runs from June 12 to July 13.
FIFA.com

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 3:53 pm

The World Cup begins Thursday in Brazil amid controversy concerning FIFA (soccer's governing body) and Brazil's preparations for the month-long event. The music of the World Cup has also been contentious, and on this episode of Latin Roots from World Cafe, Billboard's Judy Cantor-Navas explains the difference between the official "theme song" and the official "anthem."

We'll hear both pieces of music and discuss how the largely Portuguese-speaking Brazilian population feels about official music that's not in its language.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
1:07 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

On the Next All This Jazz, Our Theme (in a Nod to the World Cup) Will Be "Jazz International"

"Goooooooooaal!!" (Isn't that a lovely sound? It just makes one feel better, somehow.) The 2014 FIFA World Cup is now underway, as everyone and his brother knows, and our second-hour theme on the next edition of All This Jazz has been accordingly devised.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:29 am
Thu June 12, 2014

The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks

American composer John Adams has written a new concerto for saxophone.
Nonesuch

The concerto. It's a musical recipe more than 400 years old but composers still cook with it. And why shouldn't they? We still seem to crave the sound of a virtuosic soloist playing with (and often against) an orchestra. As in centuries past, virtuosos still inspire, and in many cases commission, composers to write some of their best music, which can push an instrument to its creative limit.

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Thu June 12, 2014

KCRW Presents: First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit performs at the KCRW studios.
KCRW

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:54 pm

The Swedish folk-pop duo First Aid Kit has been a KCRW mainstay since "Hard Believer," the first single from the band's debut record Big Black & The Blue a few years ago. Fast-forward two full-length albums later, and the Söderberg sisters have reenlisted the help of producer Mike Mogis for their now-signature two-part harmonies and carefully crafted Nashville pop.

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Field Recordings
12:07 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

On A Magical Mystery Tour With Hassan Hakmoun

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 10:19 am

When we plan Field Recordings, we usually look far and wide to find off-the-beaten-path locations for filming musicians. But a unique opportunity presented itself when a duo called Wanderlust Projects — designers of "transgressive placemaking experiences" for urban explorers, usually in abandoned or otherwise off-limits places — invited us to come along on an adventure.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:14 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Rafael Fruhbeck De Burgos, Versatile Spanish Conductor, Dies At 80

The versatile Spanish conductor Rafael Frübeck de Burgos.
Morten Abrahamsen

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 11:44 am

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