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Washington, DC This week’s music-filled podcast marks the 70th birthday of Bob Dylan in the first of a two-part interview with his biographer, Sean Wilentz. Wilentz is a cultural historian with musical chops: he’s received a Deems Taylor award for musical commentary and a Grammy...
Washington, DC This week’s podcast launches an occasional series in which we’ll celebrate influential artists from previous eras by exploring their work with noted critics, writers, or other artists. It is fitting that we kick off the series with Gary Giddins, the writer many consider...
Washington, DC In this week's podcast , pianist, composer, NEA Jazz Master and 2011 Guggenheim Fellow Randy Weston talks about his life in music. And what a life he’s led! For six decades, he has embodied world music, traveling and performing in five continents, always listening for the...
Washington, DC Miles and Sonny by Wilson McLean. Oil on linen. Even the most casual of listeners would be able to identify jazz if they heard it. But would you know it if you saw it? For painter Wilson McLean , visually conveying the spirit, history, and personalities of the music are central...
Washington, DC This week?s podcast is a lively conversation with bassist Christian McBride, the new voice of the NEAs Jazz Moments. Although McBride?s own musical chops put him in the top tier of Jazz musicians, he often wanders outside that world. McBride has played R&B with Isaac Hayes and...
St. Paul, Minnesota Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster Steven Copes, Associate Concertmaster Ruggero Allifranchini, and Principal Cellist Ronald Thomas performing at SPCO Center in Saint Paul. Photo by Rat Race I thought it would be interesting to write here about the efforts we have made...
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...

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