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April 19, 2010 Washington, DC (l to r) Jacob Eller, Duane Compton, Wayne Henderson (sitting), Elizabeth LaPrelle, and Amber Collins perform at The Music of Crooked Road. Photo by Michael G. Stewart, courtesy of the National Council for the Traditional Arts "I was lost almost from the first note,...
April 19, 2010 Washington, DC Alanna Rivera was one of only a handful of underclassmen to make it to the 2007 Poetry Out Loud National Finals. Photo by James Kegley. "Reciting a poem is like a jazz solo: you're allowed to play your heart out, but you have to respect what the composer was feeling...
April 19, 2010 Washington, DC Katja von Schuttenbach and Wynton Marsalis at the NEA Jazz Masters luncheon, October 2009. Photo by Tom Pich Katja von Schuttenbach is the NEA's Jazz specialist, working on projects including the annual NEA Jazz Masters selection and celebration (and reminding us that...
April 15, 2010 Washington, DC Jason Schupbach. Photo courtesy of Mr. Schupbach Photo courtesy of Jason Schupbach This May Jason Schupbach will join the NEA as the Director of Design. Having held posts as the Creative Economy Industry Director at the Massachusetts Office of Business Development and...
April 14, 2010 Washington, DC During an afternoon session of the Mayor's Institute on City Design, the participating mayors visited several sites in New York City that were of especial interest in terms of urban design, including the Hudson River Park, Westbeth Artist Housing, and the High Line...
April 14, 2010 Washington, DC Blues 5 Spot , Martel Chapman, 2004 If Charlie Parker?s playing, John Coltrane?s playing, I cannot write a word. I cannot read a word. . . . In our continuing celebration of national poetry month and jazz appreciation month, here's poet and jazz writer A.B. Spellman on...
April 14, 2010 Washington, DC Me with 2010 NEA Jazz Master Muhal Richard Abrams (left) during the NEA Jazz Master celebration. Photo by Tom Pich I didn?t hear much jazz when I was growing up. My parents played mostly country/western, and, with apologies to Rocco, it was not pleasant to hear George...
Washington, DC Today Rocco was on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies chaired by James P. Moran (D-VA) with Ranking Member Michael K. Simpson (R-ID). The Chairman presented the President's Fiscal Year 2011 budget...
April 6, 2010 Boise, ID Continuing our look at the arts in Idaho, today we?re featuring two NEA National Heritage Fellows?Dale Harwood, a saddle maker from Shelley; and Horace P. Axtell, a Nez Perce drum maker, singer, tradition-bearer from Lewiston?both of whom received their honors in 2008. Dale...
April 2, 2010 Washington, DC Rocco?s Art Works trip to Michigan on March 22 and 23 was a study in contrasts. He saw art in a rural setting and a big city environment. He saw spectacular new buildings not far from abandoned and deteriorating structures. And he saw an arts community with enormous...

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