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"The arts are part of our everyday life, whether we realize it or not." --- Ted Rausch, Portsmouth High School Band Director Band director Ted Rausch has his own philosophy when it comes to his high school marching band: no competition. Not only does Rhode Island's Portsmouth High...
Singer and songwriter Neko Case performs as a solo artist and with the Canadian-bred rock band The New Pornographers. Her music is an eclectic mix of country, gospel, torch, and pop: always original and compellingly lyrical.(Her latest CD---currently named The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight...
Simply put, Antonio Sanchez is a musician's musician. He has played alongside some of the greatest musicians in modern jazz, including Danilo Perez , Chick Corea , and Paquito D'Rivera , and has been an integral part of every project Pat Metheny has undertaken in the past 13 years. Of...
"Art only becomes something when people interact with it, experience it, and allow it to have meaning in their lives." --- Brad Mehldau Brad Mehldau burst onto the jazz scene in the early 1990s, drawing comparison to jazz great Bill Evans. With a penchant for offbeat covers (such as...
For Grammy-winning pianist and composer Danilo Pérez, jazz isn’t so much a form of music as it is a way of life. Born and raised in Panama, Pérez began studying music at the age of three with his father, who worked as a singer and bandleader. He went on to study at the Berklee College of...
This week's podcast introduces Lynn Hill, an Air Force veteran, author, and performer. I saw her last month, at the Atlas Theater's annual Intersections Festival here in Washington, DC, where she performed her own poetry in Holding It Down . Holding It Down is an extraordinary theatrical...
Last September, in opening remarks during a National Academy of Sciences workshop on the arts and aging , I posed some questions about research in this field. As reported in Aging and the Arts: Building the Science (2013), an account of the workshop, jointly sponsored by the NEA and the National...
In this week's podcast, we meet 2005 NEA Jazz Master George Wein , who has been a legendary presence in the performance world for over 60 years. In 1954, he fundamentally invented the idea of the outdoor jazz festival when he launched the first one ever held in the United States in Newport,...
To help you kick off Jazz Appreciation Month, here are some listening suggestions from rising star jazz pianist Helen Sung and former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine. Almost anything by Wayne Shorter, definitely one of my all-time favorites! It’s hard to pick only one tune from his album...
Beer and Beethoven, hot dogs and Haydn. It’s an unusual menu, but one that’s been working well for the Happy Dog Saloon. Several times a year, the Cleveland bar hosts Ensemble HD, a classical music group made up of members of the Cleveland Orchestra . The first time the group performed...

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