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Philip Levine. Photo by Geoffrey Berliner Thanks to his Detroit upbringing, former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine has more than a passing connection with some of the country's jazz legends, such as NEA Jazz Masters Kenny Burrell, Elvin Jones, and Tommy Flanagan. In fact, Levine has credited...
"Where Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios' motto is ars gratia artis , ours could be ars gratia America ," said Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Price, who serves as chief of music for the United...
This week's podcast is the second part of our interview with Klezmer clarinetist, Mandolin-player, composer, and 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow, Andy Statman . While Statman is a musician who wears many hats brilliantly, he was honored with a National Heritage Award primarily for his work in...
This week, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of the 2012 National Heritage Fellowship , which "recognizes folk and traditional artists for their artistic excellence and efforts to conserve America’s culture for future generations." Now in its 30th year, it...
Michal Shapiro. Photo by Bernard Levy There's a joke about a Jewish rowing team. They practiced obsessively, hoping to compete one day, but they could never break the records of the big colleges. When one of their members got accepted to Harvard, they told him, "Observe how they row,...
Sometimes it’s hard to remember that singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist for 10,000 Maniacs. Her solo career has been remarkably successful both popularly and critically. She’s known as a wonderful interpreter of song and as a...
A student leaps during a dance workshop in Clarksdale, Mississippi, held by Ailey II member Shirley Black Brown (seated). Photo by Panny Mayfield With a long history of poverty, poor education levels, and dismal health statistics, the Mississippi Delta region is accustomed to making do with meager...
Jimmy Owens, center, and his band perform The Monk Project at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola inside Jazz at Lincoln Center. Image by Frank Stewart I'll never forget the moment I met Jimmy Owens in the back of Dizzy's Club a few months ago. The man who often dons a hat that says "Peaceful...
Meet Delfeayo Marsalis , one of the top trombonists and producers working in jazz today, and the third musical son in the acclaimed Marsalis family. (And for you trivia lovers, the Marsalis family has received the one and only group NEA Jazz Masters Award .) Performing internationally with some of...
This week's podcast begins our celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month with a conversation with legendary pianist and 1994 NEA Jazz Master, Ahmad Jamal . Jamal plays the piano with both subtley and virtuosity. As Miles Davis put it, Jamal allowed the "music to breath," and this use of...

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