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A Blog Supreme
9:55 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: Aug. 3, 2012

Sam Sadigursky, photographed here at the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival, is scheduled to return this weekend with Darcy James Argue's Secret Society.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Where we are bracing for 16 hours of live Newport broadcasting.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:06 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: July 27, 2012

Bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin's current publicity shot, in which his controversial tattoos are not visible.
Bob Gruen courtesy of the artist
  • Russian bass-baritone Yevgeny Nikitin was tossed from his upcoming engagement singing Wagner at the Bayreuth Festival. It was discovered that he has had an enormous swastika tattoo on the right side of his chest and a Nazi "life rune" on his arm.
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A Blog Supreme
11:44 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Newport Jazz Festival 2012 Preview: The Up-And-Comers

Drummer Dafnis Prieto, who was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011, will lead his sextet at Newport.
Henry Lopez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 9:49 am

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Deceptive Cadence
3:06 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

In Aurora, An Uncommon Brain Saves A Young Composer's Life

Composer and violinist Petra Anderson, who was critically injured in the Aurora shooting.
Randall Gee courtesy of Petra Anderson

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 3:31 pm

Petra Anderson is a gifted 22-year-old composer and violinist who was critically injured in the movie theater shootings last Friday in Aurora, Colo. She was shot four times. Three shotgun pellets landed in her arm and a fourth nearly killed her.

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Music Interviews
5:28 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Eddie Palmieri: Now A True 'Jazz Master'

Eddie Palmieri
Raymond Roig AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 11:55 am

Pianist Eddie Palmieri has been given many nicknames. He's been called The Latin Monk because of his Thelonious Monk-inspired dissonances. He's been called The Piano Breaker Man, because he hits the keys so hard. He's even been called the 'madman of Latin music.' He's taken many of the innovations of modern jazz pianists and brought them into his Latin bands. But he's never stopped playing good dance music.

In 1994, Palmieri's lobbying culminated in the announcement of a new Grammy Award category for Afro-Caribbean Jazz.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:02 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

A Musician And The Audition Of His Life

To audition for the BSO, percussionist Mike Tetreault was required to prepare musical excerpts from 50 pieces on nine different instruments, including timpani.
Sean Hagwell Mike Tetreault

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:18 pm

Earlier this year, classical percussionist Mike Tetreault walked onstage at Symphony Hall in Boston for the audition of a lifetime: The Boston Symphony Orchestra was looking for not just one but two new percussionists.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:49 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: July 20, 2012

"Sonochromatic cyborg" and artist Neil Harbisson — with the implanted device that converts color to sound — at his TED talk in Edinburgh last month.
James Duncan Davidson courtesy of TED

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 5:58 pm

  • Remember the interview with "sonochromatic artist cyborg" Neil Harbisson? He was born without the ability to see any colors at all, but his prosthetic eyepiece translates color into sound — and he has started reinterpreting music visually through his new perceptions of color, as in his painting based on Mozart's "Queen of the Night" aria.
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Mom And Dad's Record Collection
5:12 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

At Home With The Coltranes, Listening To Stravinsky

Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is the son of jazz icons John and Alice Coltrane. His new album Spirit Fiction was released June 19.
Deborah Feingold Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 8:45 pm

Today, All Things Considered continues its Mom and Dad's Record Collection series with a musician who is a heir of American musical royalty.

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A Blog Supreme from NPR
3:55 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Back Home With Canada's Greatest Living Jazz Musician

Oliver Jones.
Michael Slobodian

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:15 pm

A week ago, Oliver Jones — the greatest living jazz musician in Canada — played his hometown Montreal International Jazz Festival, one of the world's largest. "Oliver Jones Plays Oliver Jones," read the bill. It was the first time, he said in a conversation earlier last week, that the pianist, now 77, would be playing strictly his own tunes for an entire set.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:23 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Music Around the Country: Classical Summer Festivals 2012

Music and food mix well on the lawn of the Ravinia Festival outside Chicago. This year's edition runs through Sept. 9.
Ravinia Festival

Originally published on Thu July 12, 2012 6:17 pm

With the July Fourth holiday behind us, now is the time to map out a musical adventure. Below is a sampling of just a few of the dozens of summer classical music festivals around the country, grouped by region. From outdoor extravaganzas and picturesque locales to intimate indoor settings, live music thrives in the summertime. Been to a good summer fest not listed here? Tell us all about it.

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