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This week's podcast is the perfect bridge between Women’s History Month and Jazz Appreciation Month: it’s a conversation with legendary singer and 2012 NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan. Jordan grew up with her grandparents in Pennsylvania’s coal-mining country. In high school,...
Marc Smirnoff. Photo by Carol Ann Fitzgerald Marc Smirnoff wasn't looking to start a literary magazine when he moved to Oxford, Mississippi, in 1987. In fact, the native Californian wasn't even looking to move to Mississippi. But thanks to mix of car trouble and serendipity, Smirnoff found...
As we celebrate our 100th podcast---and St. Patrick's Day!--- today's podcast features National Heritage Fellow Liz Carroll , who has long been recognized as one of the great Irish fiddle players. Born and raised in Chicago, Carroll participated in informal Irish musical gatherings, called...
Meet legendary pianist and 2011 National Medal of Arts recipient André Watts. The son of a Hungarian pianist and an African-American soldier, Watts spent his early childhood in Europe before his family moved to Philadelphia. He is a brilliant classical pianist, and for almost 45 years, he has been...
Houston Symphony Tunes Up by flickr user BFS Man It’s been nearly half a century since William J. Baumol and William G. Bowen advanced their theory of “cost disease,” using the performing arts as a case example. The idea remains as potent as ever: industries that do not realize...
Carl Stone
Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of computer music, known for his sampling and manipulation of both recorded and live music. Born in Los Angeles, he studied composition at...
2012 NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens performs at the January 10 concert celebration. Photo by Michael G. Stewart Last week we celebrated the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters, and as I was saying to [NEA Music Director] Wayne Brown, I thought this was our best Jazz Masters yet. We began on Monday, January 9, the...
This week's podcast is the second half of our conversation with legendary drummer and 2012 NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette . DeJohnette's wide-ranging style makes him a dynamic sideman and bandleader, and he has played with virtually every major jazz figure from the 1960s to the present day...
Last night, we celebrated the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters and 30 years of the NEA Jazz Masters program! The ceremony and concert were held at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. It was an incredible evening, and we hope you caught it either in person or via live webcast. If not,...
NEA Jazz Masters Hank Jones, Barry Harris, and Billy Taylor at the inaugural NEA Jazz Masters Concert and Ceremony. Photo by Tom Pich Before the winter holidays, we asked some jazz fans we know to give us their picks for favorite songs and albums. We heard from Joanne Stevens (director of Jazz...

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