Music

Deceptive Cadence
10:55 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Get High In Aspen

Pablo Helguera for NPR

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
3:13 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Sean Jones, Jeff 'Tain' Watts On JazzSet

Sean Jones performs at the Detroit Jazz Festival.
Jeff Forman

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:32 am

Ohio-born trumpeter Sean Jones played lead for approximately five years with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis was a member of Sean's section. When was asked what he learned from Marsalis, Jones answered in two words: "work ethic."

Now 35-year-old Sean Jones is touring with the Marcus Miller group, an Associate Professor at Duquesne University and Oberlin Conservatory, Interim Artistic Director for the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and leading his group in Detroit with music from his album No Need for Words.

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Music
3:01 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

The Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma Schubert and Friends on Performance Oklahoma

Featured in the second of four programs devoted to the Society's Festival are performances of the Piano Sonata No. 13 in A Major, D664, and the Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major, D929 by Franz Schubert and the Grand Duo Concertante in E-flat Major for Clarinet and Piano, Op 48 by Carl Maria von Weber.  Composed during his summer in the Austrian Alps, the Piano Sonata No.

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Music Reviews
12:32 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

A Forgotten Quartet, Reissued And Reevaluated

A new collection of Brahms and Mozart recordings by the Stuyvesant Quartet from 1947 conveys a kind of inward grace.
Jay Shulman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 12:50 pm

A movie last year called A Late Quartet told the traumatic story of what happens when a famous string quartet has to change personnel. But, in fact, most string quartets — like symphony orchestras, only more conspicuously — continually change players, because players retire, or die, or get more lucrative offers.

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Favorite Sessions
10:56 am
Thu August 15, 2013

The Current Presents: Valerie June

Valerie June performs live at The Current's studios in St. Paul, Minn.
Nate Ryan The Current

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:19 am

Tennessee native Valerie June feels a deep connection — if not a responsibility — to her home state's musical traditions, as she points to pioneers such as Memphis Minnie, Elvis Presley and Booker T. Jones. "I have a lot to live up to, being from Memphis," she says.

While touring in support of her new album, Pushin' Against a Stone (co-written and produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys), June recently stopped by The Current's studios to perform a few songs, including "You Can't Be Told."

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  • Photos/Video: Nate Ryan
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Deceptive Cadence
9:13 am
Thu August 15, 2013

An American Maverick Turns The Symphony On Its Head

Charles Ives, better known as an insurance executive in his time, wrote innovative symphonies incorporating American folk and hymn tunes.
Corbis

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 11:22 am

  • Jan Swafford Tells The Story of Composer Charles Ives And His Wife, Harmony

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Deceptive Cadence
4:07 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Why Is One Of The World's Top Violinists Judging Miss America?

Does this mean Josh Bell will start using "There She Is, Miss America" as an encore?
Louie Aguinaldo iStock

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Live At The Village Vanguard
12:21 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Jimmy Cobb: Live At The Village Vanguard

Jimmy Cobb.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

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

The drummer Jimmy Cobb is 84 — which, even if you didn't know his name, would signal that he's been around the jazz scene for a while. But he's been more than around: He was the drummer when Miles Davis recorded his late-'50s and early-'60s masterpieces, and then toured with Sarah Vaughan for nearly a decade. He's freelanced with just about every great of his generation.

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A Blog Supreme
7:03 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Woody Shaw: The Last Great Trumpet Innovator

Woody Shaw made his first recordings 50 years ago at age 18.
Tom Copi San Francisco

Woody Shaw, who made his first recordings 50 years ago this summer, might be the jazz trumpet's least appreciated giant. Not among musicians, mind you; they recognize his genius whether they're horn players or not. Yet even hardcore fans often know Shaw's name more than his music.

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The Record
2:04 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Why Steinway Is Likely To Be Sold To A Hedge Fund Manager

The Steinway Musical Instruments factory in Queens, N.Y.
Ilya Marritz

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 10:16 am

Steinway & Sons, the 160-year-old musical instrument maker, is set to change hands.

Last month, a private equity firm emerged as the company's likely buyer. But a mystery bidder — rumored to be hedge fund manager John Paulson — has swooped in at the last minute, and now looks likely to take control of one of the oldest manufacturers in the United States. Paulson made billions betting against the housing market at a time when many thought housing prices could only go up. His reported offer for the company is $458 million.

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