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New Orleans, Louisiana Built as a private residence in the late 1700s, New Orleans' French Quarter stalwart Preservation Hall reinvented itself as a performing arts venue in 1961. Today the venerable venue presents New Orleans-style jazz nightly thanks to a number of house bands---including the...
Esperanze Spalding in at home in a comfortable chair with a number of musical instruments scattered nearby
"Something miraculous happens when you really study music," described bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding from her apartment in New York City. "When you take the time to learn techniques through...
Washington, DC If you’r'e interested in someone who’s garnered 45 Academy Award nominations, five Academy awards, four Golden Globe awards, and 20 Grammy awards, then tune into this week’s podcast and listen to a conversation with composer, conductor, and 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient...
Washington, DC This week’s Art Works podcast is a conversation with legendary jazz bass player and cellist NEA Jazz Master Ron Carter. Carter is an elegant man: dignified, soft-spoken, deliberate---his quiet demeanor gives no hint that the man has packed so much into his career. You have to...
Washington, DC The Carolina Chocolate Drops---(l-r) Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson---performing with NEA Heritage Fellow Joe Thompson (second from right). Photo by Lissa Gotwals The Grammy-nominated Carolina Chocolate Drops are a bit of an anomaly. At the heart of their...
Whether it's the legendary jazz clubs, magnificent architecture, or literary lineage, the arts are intricately woven into the fabric of New Orleans. To better understand this symbiotic relationship, we spoke...
A storefront in a distressed urban neighborhood might seem an odd home for a classical string quartet, but the location’s a perfect fit for Providence, Rhode Island's Community MusicWorks (CMW)...
Ariela Alpert looks forward to Wednesday evenings. She picks up her violin, leaves her social work practice—where she helps people daily with anxiety, grief, and trauma issues—and heads to rehearsal...
New York City, New York Photos by Frank Stewart 2011 NEA Jazz Master David Liebman (left) on saxophone with Justin DiCiocco (Chairman, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Division) during the January 11, 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert. At an event like this one, we feel the whole continuity...
New York, New York Text and photos by Paulette Beete One of the highlights of the NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert is always the pre-concert group photo of all the Jazz Masters. Needless to say trying to wrangle a roomful of musicians---many of whom have known each other for years and relish...

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