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Washington, DC Orrin Keepnews. Photo by Martha Egan "I was presented with an opportunity to present [Thelonius] Monk to the public and, let’s face it, I’m not saying that I knew what we were doing … we were by no means hotshots at publicity or promotion. But I know what I...
Washington, DC Johnny Mandel. Photo by Carol Friedman "And what it comes down to is, learning how to write---in big band or anything like that---is a process of screwing up. You know, your first arrangements always sound horrible, but if you find something that sounded good then you say, well...
Washington, DC Billie Holiday, last recording session, studio, NYC, 1958 . Photo by Milt Hinton © 1988 The Milton J. Hinton Photographic Collection In 1977, jazz bassist Milt Hinton received a music fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; sixteen years later, the Arts Endowment...
Washington, DC David DiChiera is intricately tied to the city of Detroit, Michigan. Starting his academic career at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan---north of Detroit---DiChiera started the program Overture to Opera in 1963 to introduce audiences to opera by producing scenes in English...
Washington, DC Composer John Adams at the 2009 NEA Opera Honors celebration. Photo by Henry Grossman In 2009 composer John Adams was honored in our second class of NEA Opera Honorees. More than 20 years earlier, having just written his first opera, Nixon in China , Adams contributed an essay to an...
Washington, DC Gabriela Lena Frank. Photo by Shelley Justis Composer Gabriela Lena Frank gave the world premiere of her new work Hilos with the ALIAS Chamber Ensemble at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music in Nashville on Friday, Oct. 1. The concert was the culmination of Mestiza...
Washington, DC Like many an immigrant, 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty came to the United States for a better life. But when he came from East Galway, Ireland, he brought something important with him: his flute. Although he didn't play for many years after arriving in this...

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