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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
3:18 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

On the Next All This Jazz, It's Mighty Fine Music in Two's and Three's (as in, Duos and Trios)

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.

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Concerts
12:31 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

The 2013 Americana Music Association Honors And Awards Show

The finale of the Americana Music Association Honors and Awards show.
Beehivepro.com

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:11 am

Folk Alley and NPR Music recently returned to Nashville to present a webcast of the Americana Music Association's 12th Annual Honors and Awards ceremony from the historic Ryman Auditorium.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:52 am
Fri September 20, 2013

And 'Fiddler On The Roof' — Not Jewish

Pablo Helguera for NPR

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.

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A Blog Supreme
6:46 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Opera Star Jessye Norman Picks Her Favorite Jazz Singers

In a conversation aired on WBGO, Jessye Norman credits the study of jazz with her understanding of song interpretation.
Carol Friedman Courtesy of the artist

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.

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Music
10:16 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Top Swing Tunes from 1941 to 1945 On This Week's Big Band Saturday Night

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Alan Lambert here for Big Band Saturday Night! The top swing tunes of September from 1941 to 1945...the World War II years! Bing Crosby to Perry Como to Glenn Miller! Join me at 8 o'clock on 89.5!

Deceptive Cadence
3:43 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

First Watch: Kronos Quartet Plays Music By The National's Bryce Dessner

Andrew Paynter Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 11:02 am

When you hear the name of guitarist and composer Bryce Dessner, you wouldn't be wrong to think immediately of hugely acclaimed indie-rock outfit The National. But he's also a stalwart of the new music scene.

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A Blog Supreme
2:25 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Melissa Aldana Wins Thelonious Monk Competition For Saxophonists

Melissa Aldana performs at the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Paul Morigi Getty Images for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

At a ceremony and concert last night in Washington, D.C., the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz named Melissa Aldana, 24, the winner of its annual competition for young musicians. The highest-profile event of its kind, this year's competition was open to saxophonists.

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Music
2:14 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

The Oklahoma City Symphonic Band and The Norman Singers on Performance Oklahoma

8:00 pm - Oklahoma City Symphonic Band

Enjoy a preview sample featuring the OKC Symphonic Band here.

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A Blog Supreme
4:24 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Educated Guesses At The 2013 Monk Competition

The 2013 finalists pose with Thelonious Monk Institute officials. Left to right: Godwin Louis, Melissa Aldana, institute honorary co-chair Billy Dee Williams, Tivon Pennicott, chairman T.S. Monk.
Steve Mundinger Courtesy of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 11:19 am

Yesterday's semifinal round of the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition was, to my ears, predictable.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:00 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Shovels & Rope: Tiny Desk Concert

Shovels and Rope plays a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.
Chloe Coleman NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:10 pm

Shovels & Rope's presence in the NPR Music offices attracted plenty of interest; many in attendance had long since fallen in love with the husband-and-wife duo's mix of rowdy folk-rock and rootsy balladeering.

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