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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
1:55 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

On the Next All This Jazz: Broadway Show Tunes!

Come along, folks, for the next go-round of All This Jazz, which begins at 10pm on Saturday the 8th here on Public Radio 89.5-1. As ever, we'll offer modern jazz, both recent and classic, from pianist Frank Kimbrough and bassist David Finck to vocalist June Christy and veteran reedsmith Bud Shank. (We'll also offer, again as ever, a Sunday-night re-broadcast of our program on the 9th, beginning at 7pm, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.)

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Music
1:31 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Why Being Stuck On A Tarmac With The Philly Orchestra Rocks

Artists from the Philadelphia Orchestra perform at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, capital of China.
Luo Xiaoguang Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 8:28 am

There are few things as annoying as being stuck on a tarmac — in a cramped, packed plane — for long periods of time. But when you have some of the members of the Philadelphia Orchestra on your flight, it could turn magical.

No, seriously.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:53 am
Fri June 7, 2013

The Cage-y Consumer

Pablo Helguera

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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 atArtworld Salon and on his own site.

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Music
1:01 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Jose-Luis Orozco: Capturing Kids' Attention In Two Languages

José-Luis Orozco is as much an educator as an entertainer: The singer and author is passionate about teaching children to be bilingual through music.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 12:49 pm

For the past 42 years, José-Luis Orozco has been entertaining children with songs he sings in English and Spanish. He's passionate about teaching children to be bilingual through music, and he's also written books for kids.

"Let's say hello to each other," he says to a crowd of preschoolers at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. "Buenos días," he sings.

"Buenos días," they repeat in unison.

"Good morning," he sings back.

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Music
4:01 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Christian McBride: Music Is About People, Not Grammys

Christian McBride.
Chi Modu Courtesy of the artist

The U.S. considers jazz a national treasure. But its core audience has been gradually shrinking — and aging.

Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride has been trying to stem that tide by looking at the form in a different way. He tells Tell Me More guest host Celeste Headlee where he thinks jazz should go to reach its audience, and offers his personal insight with regard to how artists should take it from here.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
3:11 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Remembering Mulgrew Miller On JazzSet

Mulgrew Miller at the Detroit Jazz Festival.
David Tallacksen WBGO

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 2:15 pm

The pianist Mulgrew Miller died on May 29, 2013, following a cerebral hemorrhage. The jazz world is grieving the loss of this "wonderful musician and great spirit," in the words of fellow pianist Kenny Barron. As saxophonist Loren Schoenberg so aptly says, "Mulgrew could levitate a bandstand."

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Field Recordings
12:58 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Brandee Younger: Taxidermy, Two-Headed Skeletons And Jazz Harp

Brandee Younger performs for an NPR Music Field Recording in January 2013.
NPR

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:55 am

Among the vestment racks, satchel purveyors and art galleries of New York's SoHo neighborhood lies a small merchant unlike its neighbors. It's called The Evolution Store, and it peddles, um, natural-history collectibles. You know, preserved insects, taxidermy, skulls and bones, remnants of marine creatures. It's as if a museum ran out of space and started putting its sloths and tarantulas in the gift shop.

Naturally, our video producers saw it and thought: Obviously, we need to record there.

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A Blog Supreme
7:01 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Ben Tucker: Remembering A Bassist And Citywide Icon

Ben Tucker.
Savannah College of Art and Design Courtesy of Savannah Music Festival

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Deceptive Cadence
4:16 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

The Cliburn Competition After Van

Chinese pianist Fei-Fei Dong, 22, performs at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. The Juilliard School graduate student is among six musicians chosen for the final round.
Ralph Lauer Cliburn Foundation

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 9:26 pm

Six finalists for the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition were announced last night in Fort Worth, Texas. For the first time since its inception more than 50 years ago, the contest is taking place without its namesake. Cliburn died in February of cancer, and the competition is dealing with his loss and other changes as well.

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All Songs Considered
2:03 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

First Watch: Grant Olney, 'Not From Body'

A tiny owl tries to find its way in the world, in a new animated video from singer-songwriter Grant Olney.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 8:15 pm

When singer-songwriter Grant Olney started working on his latest album, Hypnosis For Happiness, he never imagined it'd take six years to finish. But after laying down the first tracks in 2006, Olney left for the U.K. and the Netherlands to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics. After finishing a 300-page dissertation on something called "high dimensional geometry," Olney returned to music and found himself reflecting on identity, friendship and what it means to really know someone. It's a knotty mix of emotions and ideas he tackles in a touching new video for the song "Not From Body."

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