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"I have no idea what my life would have become had I not discovered music." -- NEA Jazz Master Anthony Braxton This week we're celebrating the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters! First up is master multi-hyphenate (saxophonist-clarinetist-flautist-composer-educator-author) Anthony Braxton . Join...
When it comes to the power of performance space, jazz vocalist Ruth Price could more or less write the book. She spent her career singing at legendary jazz venues such as Birdland, the Village Vanguard, the Black Orchid, and Shelley’s Manne Hole, accommodating her performance to the...
"The fact is one's own voice is not heard anywhere else…. It's a challenge to be yourself. It takes a lot of courage." --Yusef Lateef, 2010 NEA Jazz Master Visit our Jazz Masters page to read the complete interview with Yusef Lateef. And don't forget to join us for the...
“For me, playing jazz is like problem solving, you know, you start improvising and you hit a wall, and then, like, how am I going to get around this wall? And then you do it. But the thing is, you can get around that wall in a million different ways, depending on your experience, your musical...
"Addressing improvisational music, which is considered jazz and the non-improvisational music, which is considered classical, I would say that the big difference for me was to be able to interpret what was already composed and written. How do you interpret it? Do you make this note short or...
"I know what improvisation gives you. It gives you freedom of expression. And most people, even if you're a classical musician and play in an orchestra and so forth, and say that you don't want to improvise, I know deep down inside of you, you would like to improvise. It's like...
Whether it's hip hop or baroque or jazz or country-western, we all like some kind of music. For musician and scientist Parag Chordia it's Indian classical music that most deeply moves him. Chordia the artist has pursued this musical love, even taking a year off from school to study with a...
“These thoughts did not come in any verbal formulation. I rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express it in words afterward.” -- Albert Einstein (Quoted in H Eves Mathematical Circles Adieu – Boston 1977) What makes a scientist a creative scientist? In...
Parag Chordia has spent much of his life thinking about music, first as a performer and researcher, and now, as an app developer. This combination has led him to pursue...
"If you ask me now what punk is, I would say it's the free space. It's a spot where new ideas can be presented without the requirement of profit, which is what largely steers most sorts of creative offerings in our culture. Some of the most brilliant people I ever met in my life...

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