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Yesterday evening, four of the country's greatest living jazz legends were feted by their fellow musicians at the Mose Allison , Lou Donaldson , Eddie Palmieri , and Lorraine Gordon were toasted with warm words and incredible music, filling the club with a sense of electricity and magic. If you...
Video of NEA Jazz Masters: Tribute to Mose Allison "Mose Allison to me is the pinnacle of the jazz singer/songwriter. His razor sharp wit cuts through in his lyrics and he backs them up with equally witty and clever harmonies and melodies. Mose is a national treasure." ---Guitarist/...
In this week's podcast, we meet pianist, composer, bandleader, and great raconteur, 2013 NEA Jazz Master, Eddie Palmieri . Palmieri, one of the finest Latin jazz pianists of the past 50 years, is a bandleader of both salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. He grew up during the golden age of Latin...
http://youtu.be/kQZ1akOwalo "Lorraine Gordon's jazz promotions and productions remain vital to the jazz scene. This has been true for over 70 years! From the Newark Hot Jazz Club to Blue Note Records---it was Lorraine's press releases of 65 years ago that helped launch Thelonious Monk...
Bob Koester with the late, great bluesman Big Joe Williams's famous nine-string guitar. Photo by Frank Corpus For most of us, our childhood hobbies---rock collecting, baseball cards---end their lives in dusty boxes in the attic. For select others, they grow into passions that eventually turn...
Charles Ahovissi, founder of African Culture Connection (ACC), and ACC youth participant Victoria Beaugard accept a 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo by Steven E. Purcell When Charles Ahovissi emigrated from Benin, West Africa, to Omaha,...
If music is a language, then Native American Dennis Yerry is a multi-linguist, as we learn in this week's podcast . With a background in jazz piano and cabaret, he has played in many clubs around New York City throughout the years, including the Knickerbocker, Tavern on the Green, and the...
In this week's podcast, Clive Gillinson talks about the changes he helped bring to Carnegie Hall. In 2005, Gillinson came to Carnegie Hall from the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), where he had first been a cellist before moving to the position of managing director. Under his leadership, the...
In this week's podcast , we visit with two members of the Paschall Brothers , who are 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellows. For 31 years, the Paschall Brothers have been singing the a cappella gospel music of Tidewater Virginia. The group's four-part harmony owes much to its founder,...
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...

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