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“I think that the role of an artist is not just to perform, but it's to convey something to bring communities together, and to tell a universal story through the arts.” -- Laurie Rubin Click here for the full Art Talk with Laurie Rubin. Want to hear more from singers? Check out our...
"Jazz is indescribable. It's not a genre, it's not a style. It's the language of the spirit. It's a behavior. Jazz equals courage and creativity. Jazz is the creative process, it's a human necessity for discovering. The greatest tool to end racism has been jazz. Blacks and...
With the incredibly amazing NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert happening TONIGHT! , we wanted to highlight a 2013 Heritage Fellow whose music makes a cameo on the new Big Read audio guide for Luis Alberto Urrea’s fantastic novel, Into the Beautiful North . Selecting the music, as...
"When I [was] four or five years, I started to play on this instrument, [the cimbalom.] But if you’re not studying the instrument, you can lose a lot. Even today... I take the hammer and every day make the exercise [of playing]." -- Nicolae Feraru, 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow...
”… I love creativity and doing something weird and something that feels very personal.”— Sam Amidon I can’t say for sure, but I’m guessing that it’s not every day you come across a new album that features both Civil War ballads and a cover of a Mariah...
“On a civic level, especially in areas needing revitalization, art works to give citizens a sense of pride and shared investment in their community.” — Renée Fleming Did you know that Renée Fleming had planned to be a jazz singer? Lucky for us “The People’s Diva...
Minor Threat (with Ian MacKaye in middle in hat) performing at the former Washington, DC club dc space. Photo by Susie J. Horgan
"We were making shows and we were forming a family, a tribe, and that was deeply important for kids." When it first emerged on the scene, punk was dismissed as...
Music is powerful and something that resonates in the soul. It doesn't resonate in the ears. It resonates in the body, and when people get it, they get it….” --- Herb Alpert You may know Herb Alpert as a Grammy award-winning trumpeter and founder of Tijuana Brass. You may also know...
Pardon the pun but we're completely jazzed about our four new NEA Jazz Masters: Anthony Braxton (composer, saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, pianist, educator); Richard Davis (bassist, educator); Keith Jarrett (pianist, composer), and Jamey Aebersold (educator, saxophonist, pianist, bassist,...
The moment pianist Vijay Iyer accepted our invitation to provide commentary for the NEA's audio guide for The Namesake , my heart did back flips. Not only does his experience as an Indian-American mirror, to a great extent, that of the novel's author, Jhumpa Lahiri; his story is also...

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