Since playing on John Coltrane's first release in 1957, drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath has participated in a number of landmark jazz records. Now 78, the musician is featured in a new trio session with players nearly half his age — pianist Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus and bassist Ben Street.
Jazz musician Vijay Iyer started playing the violin when he was 3, but when he was 4 or 5, he wanted to play another instrument: the piano.
"The piano was around because my sister was taking lessons, and so I just started messing on it and figuring things out little by little," Iyer tells Terry Gross. "I can't really pinpoint the beginning of it."
Jeremy Denk has recently written for <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/02/06/120206fa_fact_denk"><em>The New Yorker</em></a> and <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/books/review/the-great-animal-orchestra-by-bernie-krause.html?_r=2&adxnnl=1&pagewanted=all&adxnnlx=1337778055-USiY+mXCAcDwaHTUn+NOVA">The New York Times</a> Book Review.</em>
Originally published on Fri September 20, 2013 11:06 am
Jessye Norman's commanding soprano voice makes her the quintessential operatic diva for many listeners. But she frequently draws inspirations from jazz: She ranks singers like Billie Holiday, Mabel Mercer and Sarah Vaughan high on her list of influences.
Pamela Armstrong (left) as Alice Ford and Heather Johnson as Meg Page in New York City Opera's production of <em>Falstaff. </em>The so called people's opera may have to cancel its upcoming season if fundraising falls short.<em></em>
Credit Carol Rosegg / New York City Opera
The U.S. premiere of<em> Anna Nicole </em>is set to open at the Brooklyn Academy of Music — BAM — on Sept. 17. Above, a 2011 performance of <em>Anna Nicole</em> at the Royal Opera House in London.
There are a lot of operas that end with heroines on their deathbeds, singing one glorious aria before they die. That's what happens at the end of Anna Nicole, the controversial new work that New York City Opera is presenting at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in September. But the company's artistic director and general manager, George Steel, says it could also be City Opera's last gasp.
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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book isHelguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.
Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 12:05 pm
In Minneapolis right now, even small matters have the potential to escalate — fast. Take the latest flashpoint in the Minnesota Orchestra's ongoing tribulations, which in about 24 hours has flared up a lot of ire in the classical community.
About a week ago, a semi-professional musician, blogger and longtime fan of the Minnesota Orchestra named Emily Hogstad was talking with some fellow Minnesota fans about the possibility of organizing a dedicated group of music lovers who want to see an end to the longstanding labor disputes at the Minneapolis-based ensemble.
An essayist, cultural theorist, novelist, educator and biographer who died on August 18 at 97, Albert Murray spent more than five decades developing his thesis that America is a culturally miscegenated nation. His contention was that blacks are part white, and vice versa: that both races, in spite of slavery and racism, have borrowed from and created each other. In all of his writing, jazz music — derived from the blues idiom of African-Americans — was the soundtrack at the center of his aesthetic conception.