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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Van Cliburn Speaks, Atlanta's War Of Words And Domingo's Successor

Pianist Van Cliburn made a surprise appearance at the 50th Anniversary Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalists concert in Fort Worth, Texas Sept. 6.
Courtesy of the Van Cliburn Foundation

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:26 pm

  • Very touching: the ailing Van Cliburn addressed the Fort Worth audience at the concert celebrating his competition's 50th anniversary: "I personally want to thank you all for all of your faithful support. Never forget that I love you all from the bottom of my heart forever."
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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Fri September 7, 2012

A Clutch Of Cage, A Surprising Critical Shift And Rocky Times At American Orchestras

Composer John Cage, whose 100th birth anniversary was earlier this week.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:26 pm

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A Blog Supreme
6:03 am
Mon September 3, 2012

A Work Song For Labor Day

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:12 pm

There's something about the melodies of the great hard bop tunes — they unfurl with a certain sonic poetry. They're taut and neat, the ledgers of ragged syncopations all balanced out. Every repetition feels necessary, every variation opens up a new universe of possibilities, every chord change is the exact right movement.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:12 am
Sun September 2, 2012

Why I Hate The 'Goldberg Variations' - from NPR Music

Jeremy Denk performs Bach's Goldberg Variations in his New York City apartment
John Pavlus for NPR

Originally published on Thu March 22, 2012 4:07 pm

(Jeremy Denk joins us all week to explore the Goldberg Variations. Read his posts on Tuesday and Thursday.)

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CD Selections
4:14 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Luciana Souza: From Bossa Nova To Chet Baker

Luciana Souza has two new albums out, Duos III and The Book of Chet.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 7:38 pm

Brazilian singer Luciana Souza has worked in many genres, from jazz and bossa nova to classical music and even, as a small child, commercial jingles. A graduate of Berklee and the New England Conservatory of Music, Souza has been nominated for four Grammys and worked at a prolific pace. In fact, she's just released two albums of covers, Duos III and The Book of Chet; the latter finds her covering the works of Chet Baker.

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A Blog Supreme
1:48 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: Aug. 31, 2012

Drummer Jimmy Cobb plays at the 2012 Heineken Jazzaldia, the international jazz festival in San Sebastian, Spain.
Rafa Rivas AFP/Getty Images

Next Wednesday: Matt Wilson's Arts and Crafts Live at the Village Vanguard. But first, these news:

  • Larry Blumenfeld, a very good writer, has a new jazz blog up at the ARTINFO.com site.
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Deceptive Cadence
8:03 am
Fri August 31, 2012

A 'Numpty' Glance, Minnesotan Muddles And Brass Bullies

Violinist Nicola Benedetti, whose interview with the Scottish Sun this week sparked a furor — including the writer being called a "numpty," or fool.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:26 pm

  • It's not all that often anymore that sexism and female objectification are so revoltingly obvious, but then someone dreams up something like this: a leering and condescending interview in the Scottish Sun with violinist Nicola Benedetti. (I don't really want to give the Sun any credence with more page views, but this one has to be read to be believed.)
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Deceptive Cadence
7:26 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Van Cliburn Diagnosed With Bone Cancer

President Obama congratulates pianist Van Cliburn after presenting him with the National Medal of Arts in 2011.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:53 pm

Renowned Fort Worth pianist Van Cliburn, 78, has bone cancer. Long time friend and publicist Mary Lou Falcone issued this brief statement Monday afternoon.

"Van Cliburn has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer," Falcone said. "He is under excellent care and resting comfortably at home. His spirits are high. We ask that his privacy be respected."

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CD Selection
5:16 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Ben Powell: In The Footsteps Of Jazz Fiddle Royalty

Classically trained violinist Ben Powell makes the leap to jazz in his album New Street, a tribute to the late Stephane Grappelli.
Ryan MacDonald Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 1:37 pm

The late Stephane Grappelli is perhaps the best-known jazz violinist in history. His collaborations with guitarist Django Reinhardt have influenced countless musicians. A comparison to Grappelli is one of the highest honors a young, rising violinist can receive.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:51 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Guest DJ: Decoding Debussy With Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) ignored the old rules about how to write music and created a brave new world of sonic possibilities.
adoc-photos Corbis

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:55 pm

In the western suburbs of Paris 150 years ago today, a boy was born to an unassuming couple, proprietors of a china shop who had no great taste for music. But that little boy felt otherwise, and grew up to write music of bold color, timbre and harmonic daring.

Claude Debussy ignored the old rules about how to write music and in the process created a brave new world of sonic possibilities.

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