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“It's all the difference in the world whether [jazz] is live or recorded. There is a whole other level of experience that happens when you hear and see a concert live. There is an interaction between the musicians and that audience and that immediacy causes the musicians to rise to a whole other...
Not only was Nicholas Amador—now a sophomore studying astrophysics at Harvard University—Hawaii's Poetry Out Loud champion for three straight years, but he also placed in the top three at the National Finals each of those years. Having declared poetry persona non grata in fifth grade—thanks to a...
It’s no secret that the U.S. has a rich history and culture of cowboys and ranchers. But while we may be familiar with the image of the cowboy from country songs and movie westerns, there is also a strong tradition of capturing ranching life in literature, particularly the genre of poetry known as...
"Learning a poem by heart makes us participants in a uniquely human experience with pre-history origins. A poem learned by heart can circumvent the head, comfort the soul, distract demons, and provide entertainment for the restless." — Jan Seale, 1982 National Endowment for the Arts Creative...
We're joining with the Kennedy Center to throw the 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters a Tribute Concert and you're invited! Watch tonight, April 15 at 8:00 pm ET as we honor the 2019 class of NEA Jazz Masters—Bob Dorough, Abdullah Ibrahim, Maria Schneider, and Stanley Crouch—with a...
“Thank you very much for this award, thank you for all of the time spent in nightclubs, concert halls, and the like in pursuit of the essence of jazz, which is the feeling itself. As a young man many years ago, I had the opportunity to hear the Coltrane quartet, sometimes from close up and...
"This is what jazz music does: it gives you that insight into yourself because you constantly challenge yourself.... [J...
“In this increasingly polarized world of social tensions, the antidote to everything that’s gone haywire may be found in jazz—our nation’s own extraordinary art form that has at its heart: listening, presence, communication, collaboration, and self-expression. What a blessing for all of us that the...
Although he will forever be associated with his compositions and vocals for the animation series Schoolhouse Rock! , Bob Dorough’s career spanned more than 70 years in jazz as a singer, pianist, composer, and arranger. His distinctive vocals, clever lyrics, and strong melodies were well-known in...
In just over a week, we're honoring the 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters --Stanley Crouch, Bob Dorough, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Maria Schneider--with a tribute concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. With performances from world-renowned musicians like Terri Lyne Carrington...

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