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great gatsby by flickr user cdrummbks Given that F. Scott Fitzgerald coined the term “Jazz Age,” it seemed appropriate to herald Jazz Appreciation Month with a look at the author’s definitive novel of the Roaring 20s, The Great Gatsby . As we note in our Big Read audio guide of the book, “the...
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony and Concert will be webcast live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. While we hope you'll tune in, the event also seemed like a good time for the Big Read to explore how jazz has been approached in children's...
Irvin Mayfield with his trumpet. Photo courtesy of the artist When a Big Read author and a National Council on the Arts (NCA) member get together, beautiful music is made---literally. In a project that has been some eight years in the making, jazz musician and NCA member Irvin Mayfield is composing...