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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...
Washington, DC Hays Holladay (left) and his older brother Ryan collectively form the duo Bluebrain. Photo by NEA staff Brothers Ryan and Hays Holladay, who collectively form the musical duo Bluebrain , grew up in Arlington, Virginia. After stints in New York and Seattle, the brothers returned to DC...
Washington, DC The Heritage Signature Chorale circa 2006. Photo by Caesar Established in 2000 by Musical Director Stanley J. Thurston, Heritage Signature Chorale (HSC) performs a broad repertoire of choral music. What makes HSC unique among Washington DC choruses is its devotion to performing...
Washington, DC NEA Jazz Masters Gunther Schuller, Quincy Jones, and Candido Camero during the 2008 NEA Jazz Masters panel discussion moderated by A. B. Spellman. Photo by Tom Pich Where can you get the benefit of nearly 300 years of experience in jazz in just about an hour? The NEA YouTube channel...
Washington, DC Operatic tenor Everett McCorvey is a very busy man. In addition to performing (and acting as musical director) with the vocal group he founded, the American Spiritual Ensemble, he also teaches voice and is director of the opera program at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, a...
Washington, DC Duke Ellington (far left) and his orchestra performing at Howard University in Washington, DC in 1940. Photo by William P. Gottlieb This week's podcast continues our look at the nation's capital, this time turning our attention to one of DC's most famous sons, Duke...
Washington, DC What happens when you start a career on an instrument, become one of the leading performers on it, and then can't play it any more? If you're NEA Jazz Master David Baker, you move on to something new. When he could no longer play trombone due to an accident to his jaw, Baker took up...
January 28, 2010 Washington, DC Thanks to jazz aficionado and radio producer Molly Murphy, with her encyclopedic knowledge of the art form and easy rapport with jazz musicians, we now have eight extended interviews with the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters on our website. These candid, free-flowing...
January 26, 2010 Washington, DC On Friday, January 15, the weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman had an opportunity to visit Memphis, Tennesee, a momentous site in Civil Rights history, now home to several cultural revitalization initiatives. He was invited by the...
NEA Jazz Master Nat Hentoff. Photo by Tom Pich
ON JANUARY 19, 2009 , Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Rockefeller Foundation presented a concert, Let Freedom Swing: A Celebration of America, at the...

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