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"I can't imagine a world without jazz, and the fact that it's a living, functioning, exciting organism." --- David Baker , 2000 NEA Jazz Master "In the studio, that's a log of your presence. It's an auditory carbon copy of what you hear that someone else shares with...
With this week's podcast, you have the opportunity to meet 26-year-old Aaron Diehl , winner of the 2011 Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz, the prestigious competition of the American Pianists Association. Diehl is an elegant jazz pianist who also knows how to let loose; his playing has been called...
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 again honored...
From l-r: Judd Greenstein, photo by Joshua Frankel; Sarah Kirkland Snider, photo by Murat Eyuboglu; William Brittel, photo by Murat Eyuboglu The music produced by New Amsterdam Records has been described as post-classical, indie-classical, genre-less. Regardless of its classifications, or non-...
This week's podcast is a conversation with 2012 Jazz Master Jimmy Owens . The timing couldn’t be better: tomorrow, we celebrate his birthday and in early January, he releases his new CD called The Monk Project (which features fellow Jazz Master Kenny Barron ). There is little in the world...
"I don't consider myself an innovator but I do consider myself a collector, a remixer, and a presenter." Shawnee, Oklahoma native Samantha Crain has been described by no less than Rolling Stone magazine as having a voice that's "gorgeously odd---all fulsome, shape-shifting...
Margaret Martin. Photo courtesy of the Harmony Project "Art, when alive and well within a society, is the creative force that drives innovation and effective solutions to social problems." What happens when you mix a little kid playing Brahms with Los Angeles gangbangers? Well, if you...
This week's podcast is a conversation with 2003 Jazz Master Jimmy Heath . Heath is a triple threat: a great saxophonist, a dynamic composer, and an innovative arranger. During his career, he has performed on more than 100 record albums, including seven with The Heath Brothers and 12 as a band...
NACAP student composers from Chinle High School work out their compositions with composer-in-resident Raven Chacon. Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon Music Fest Today at the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama presented a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award to the Grand Canyon Music...
Aaron Dworkin. Photo by Mike Mouradian "Every challenge is an opportunity for artistic creativity...." --- Aaron Dworkin This past August, Aaron Dworkin was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the newest member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body to the NEA. An accomplished...

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