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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
3:17 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

On the Next All This Jazz, an Ear-Friendly Emphasis on the Blues

The late Albert Murray, the brilliant African-American novelist, essayist, educator, music historian, and social critic --- he also co-wrote Count Basie's autobiography --- who died last month at the age of 97, once noted, when speaking of the influence of black culture on this country's culture as a whole: "[African Americans] invented the blues; Europeans invented psychoanalysis.

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World Cafe
2:07 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe

Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Courtesy of brittanicadotcom

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:28 pm

New Orleans' Preservation Hall, the dirt-floor space off Bourbon Street, was founded in 1961 as a place for the elders of Crescent City jazz to play nightly. Today, World Cafe talks with Ben Jaffe; like his father Alan, who ran the space initially, Jaffe is a tuba player who guides the world-renowned band today.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:03 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Mstislav Reaperpovich

Pablo Helguera for NPR

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
9:47 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Kate McGarry On Piano Jazz

Kate McGarry.
Matteo Trisolini

Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 8:54 am

Singer-songwriter Kate McGarry has traveled many musical paths, from Celtic music to swing and various genres in between. That ecumenical outlook on music began early in her childhood. Growing up among nine brothers and sisters, she heard a variety of pop music (the Beatles, Earth Wind and Fire, etc.) but she also recalls family outings to hear live Celtic music groups performing at a local Irish pub.

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World Cafe
1:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

The Greyboy Allstars On World Cafe

The Greyboy Allstars.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:28 pm

Almost 20 years ago, the members of the Greyboy Allstars got together to play a record release party for DJ Greyboy and discovered a perfect fusion. Call it rare groove, acid jazz or Electric Boogaloo (as they named their 1995 debut album), guitarist Elgin Park, keyboardist Robert Walter, saxophonist Karl Denson and the rhythm section of Chris Stillwell and Aaron Redfield have a special sound. These Allstars still draw from '60s boogaloo on their new album, Inland Emperor.

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Music Interviews
4:13 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

'Singing Just To Me': Gregory Porter On Musical Inheritance

Gregory Porter's latest album is entitled Liquid Spirit.
Shawn Peters Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 1:14 pm

In his first semester playing football at San Diego State University, Gregory Porter severely injured his shoulder. Doctors told him his days on the field were over, but there was some good news: The school would let him keep his athletic scholarship. Suddenly without football, but with a lot of time on his hands, Porter searched for a new calling — and found it in his voice.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:38 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Soundscapes In C, In Winter And In Alaska

An incredible roster of musicians gathered at Carnegie Hall in 2009 to play Terry Riley's epic 'In C' — with the complete, but only single-page, score projected overhead.
Julien Jourdes courtesy of Carnegie Hall Archive

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 12:58 pm

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Music
11:06 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Meet Virginia Campbell On This Week's Performance Oklahoma

Virginia Campbell

For over 30 years, Oklahoma City pianist, teacher, entertainer and entrepreneur Virginia Campbell has offered the Piano Artist Series.  Begun as a special concert and  festival to host Austrian pianist and teacher Jorg Demus in the mid-1980s, the series has evolved over the years to include a number of pianists from around the world, along with a sprinkling of chamber ensembles and vocalists.   The concerts, held on Sunday afternoons first took place at Bethany Nazarene College and after that, in Oklahoma City at First Presbyterian Church, Chr

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Live At The Village Vanguard
9:16 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Dave King Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard

Dave King.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:13 am

Perhaps you know Dave King as the drummer in The Bad Plus, or any number of avant-improv/indie-rock/Americana/electronic experimental bands rooted in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. But somewhere in that mix is a deep fondness for the jazz tradition, and recently, he made it a point to say so with a full-length album. I've Been Ringing You investigates standards, mostly slow and medium-tempo ballads, in rough-hewn textures.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:05 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

New York City's 'People's Opera' May Face Its Final Curtain

Pamela Armstrong (left) as Alice Ford and Heather Johnson as Meg Page in New York City Opera's production of Falstaff. The so called people's opera may have to cancel its upcoming season if fundraising falls short.
Carol Rosegg New York City Opera

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 9:15 pm

There are a lot of operas that end with heroines on their deathbeds, singing one glorious aria before they die. That's what happens at the end of Anna Nicole, the controversial new work that New York City Opera is presenting at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in September. But the company's artistic director and general manager, George Steel, says it could also be City Opera's last gasp.

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