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This week?s podcast celebrates the great Louis Armstrong, who was born 110 years ago today. Our guide to his career is the award-winning jazz critic (and Armstrong biographer) Gary Giddins. Giddins is second to none in his admiration of Armstrong; he believes that Armstrong is the single most...
Sondra Radvanovsky. Image courtesy of Ms. Radvanovsky "Singing really is my drug of choice!" --- Sondra Radvanovsky According to Illinois native Sondra Radvanovsky , she fell in love with music thanks to a timely purchase by her mother of a Karen Carpenter record. Music is still...
Washington, DC Gabriel Ayala, at work. Photo by Marty Haviik. As noted on his website , "Gabriel Ayala is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans making a career performing classical music." Ayala is deeply passionate about music and, in particular, the classical guitar...
Washington, DC Compiled by Victoria Hutter Dave Liebman (foreground) swings at the 2011 Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert. Photo by Frank Stewart This morning, the NEA's new class of Lifetime Honors recipients was announced. As we congratulate our new honorees, we thought we'd also take a...
Washington, DC This week's podcast is a conversation with 2010 National Heritage fellow, fiddler Jim ?Texas Shorty? Chancellor. Jim is one of the great Texas fiddlers. What puts the "Texas" in Texas fiddle? According to Jim, Texas fiddling takes old, simple tunes and embellishes them...
Washington, DC This week’s podcast concludes our interview with Sean Wilentz about Bob Dylan. Wilentz is the author of Bob Dylan in America as well as the historian of Bob Dylan’s website. Wilentz blends passion, appreciation, and a deep sense of Dylan’s place in American culture...
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...

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