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12:06 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

A Brief History Of Jazz Education, Pt. 1

Bassist Percy Heath demonstrates a technique to a student at the summer jazz workshop in Lenox, Mass. in 1959.
Alfred Eisenstaedt Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 1:21 pm

One year ago, when I began graduate study in ethnomusicology at UCLA, I found myself undergoing what has become a familiar ritual. As I played my trombone in a near-empty classroom accompanied by a play-a-long recording, it occurred to me that I was in the midst of my sixth college big band audition. A professor — in this special case, guitar legend Kenny Burrell — led the proceedings. When he engulfed my hand in his massive grip, I learned that I was in.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
1:11 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Michel Petrucciani: The 'Mischievous Elf' Of The Piano

Michel Petrucciani on the concert stage in February 1993.
Frederic Reglain Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 5:06 pm

Michel Petrucciani was the first important jazz pianist I ever saw live. In retrospect, it's hard to believe that he would make it to Guéret, my tiny hometown in the middle of France. But in 1992, on a tour called "Like father like son" ("Tel père tel fils"), Petrucciani came to perform with his father, guitar player Tony Petrucciani.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:55 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Gidon Kremer's Bach Makeover

For violinist Gidon Kremer's new album, he commissioned 11 composers to rework and build on keyboard music by J.S. Bach.
Courtesy of ECM records

Perhaps no other composer's music has been dressed up (and down) in a wider variety of outfits than Johann Sebastian Bach's.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
3:02 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Composer Hans Werner Henze Remembered

Late composer and conductor Hans Werner Henze, circa 1965.
Erich Auerbach/Hulton Archive Getty Images

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8:56 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra violists Evelina Chao and Maiya Papach wage battle in happier times.
courtesy of the Musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 7:03 am

  • Uff da: Along with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has also locked out its musicians, leaving the Twin Cities bereft for now. "Players at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra did not vote on an offer from management, and the board of directors shut the doors and canceled concerts through Nov. 4 ... So for the first time since the SPCO launched in 1959, neither orchestra will be playing for at least the next two weeks."
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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
8:55 am
Mon October 29, 2012

The Lead Sheet: Top 5 Jazz Stories This Week

Eric Lewis, as ELEW, performs at the Blue Man Group's 20th anniversary after party in 2011.
Jemal Countess Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 3:38 pm

An announcement: The end-of-the-week recap, formerly "Around The Jazz Internet" or "The Friday Link Dump," has a new name. Musicians will know that a "lead sheet" is a melodic sketch with chord changes, a reference guide for when you don't know the tune by heart. Here's what you ought to read from this week:

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Deceptive Cadence
3:06 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Indianapolis Symphony Returns, Seattle May Strike And Philly Reboots

After a contentious labor duspute, the Indianapolis Symphony returns to the stage this weekend.
Thomas J. Russo Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 9:57 am

  • Symphony returns in Indianapolis: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians, who had been locked out since Sept. 10, came to a two-stage agreement with the Indianapolis Symphony Society, which runs the orchestra. The first of the new contracts is a bridge agreement that keeps the orchestra running until Feb.
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A Blog Supreme
7:54 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Saxophonist David S. Ware, A 'One-Of-A-Kind' Improviser, Has Died

David S. Ware.
Michael Jackson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat October 20, 2012 2:15 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
10:35 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Simone Dinnerstein's Bach Between The Notes

Simone Dinnerstein communes with the music of J.S. Bach at the NPR studio.
Doriane Raiman NPR

Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 10:49 am

There's something about Johann Sebastian Bach's music that nourishes musicians. Pianist Andras Schiff and cellist Yo-Yo Ma have said that they play Bach almost every day — like having breakfast, it seems essential for them.

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The Checkout: Live
9:11 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Chihiro Yamanaka Trio: Live At Berklee

The Chihiro Yamanaka trio is Yoshi Waki, bass; Ferenc Nemeth, drums; Yamanaka, piano.
Michael Borgida Berklee College Of Music

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 8:34 am

Chihiro Yamanaka is big in Japan — of course, it helps that the pianist was born and grew up there. Now, she's based in New York City and making strides in the stateside jazz world. Her 2012 album Reminiscence features two trios: one is her working band, while the other features special guests Larry Grenadier (bass) and session artist Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (drums). An imaginative virtuoso on the piano bench, she's enjoyed a recent itinerary which has seen her play in many of the East Coast's most prominent jazz clubs and concert halls.

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