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Deceptive Cadence
5:03 am
Wed December 19, 2012

The Landfill Harmonic: An Orchestra Built From Trash

Cellist Juan Manuel Chavez, whose instrument is made from an oil can and discarded bits of wood.
Landfill Harmonic

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 9:13 am

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World Cafe
2:48 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

John Fullbright On World Cafe

John Fullbright.
Courtesy of the artist

Folk singer John Fullbright got his start at the age of 16, playing at small venues in his native Oklahoma for tips and the occasional free meal. "I'd stand up there and play until my voice was gone, which sometimes would take three hours. Sometimes it'd take longer," Fullbright says. "But that's where I really learned to scream."

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Deceptive Cadence
7:31 am
Tue December 18, 2012

When A Thoughtful Cellist Meets An Imaginative Composer

Deceptive Cadence
10:06 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album?

A sampling of one listener's cherished classical Christmas albums from a few years back.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 1:38 pm

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Music Interviews
7:57 am
Sun December 16, 2012

Dave Douglas: Jazz Hymns Honor A Dying Wish

Dave Douglas' new album, Be Still, includes hymns he played at his mother's funeral service.
Austin Nelson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 11:16 am

Dave Douglas has been an important player in the jazz world for more than two decades, producing a broad body of work as both a trumpet player and a composer. His newest album, Be Still, has a bittersweet backstory: It contains his arrangements of several hymns that his dying mother asked him to perform at her funeral service.

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Music Interviews
4:14 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Andre Rieu On The Allure Of The Waltz

Andre Rieu's latest release is an album and DVD of Christmas music called Home for the Holidays.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 6:33 pm

On a list of the world's highest-grossing tours of last year, you'll find a lot of familiar names: U2, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga. And then, at No. 9, is an outlier: Andre Rieu, Dutch violinist and conductor of the Johann Strauss Orchestra.

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Sat December 15, 2012

A Civil Rights Figure's Long Road — To Carnegie Hall

Myrlie Evers-Williams leads her three children — Reena (from left), Van and Darrell — at the family piano, circa 1965.
Courtesy of the Evers family

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 12:43 pm

You know the old joke: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice." Myrlie Evers-Williams took a different route.

Her late husband, Medgar Evers, was the Mississippi head of the NAACP; he was assassinated for his work in 1963. Evers-Williams wound up moving to Southern California, where she became an educational, corporate and political leader and, in the 1990s, chairwoman of the NAACP.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
10:34 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Remembering Gil Evans (on the Next All This Jazz)

Join us for the next edition of All This Jazz, which will set sail at 10pm Central on Public Radio 89.5-1 on Saturday the 15th. We'll hear music from Tom Harrell, Keith Jarrett, Terry Gibbs, Charles Mingus, Nels Cline, Lee Konitz, and many others.

Plus we'll listen to a cut from the cult-classic album, "Jazz Raga," recorded in the mid-1960s for Impulse by Gabor Szabo, the Hungarian guitar wizard; specifically, in tribute to the late Ravi Shankar, we'll hear a tune from this album called "Ravi" (a piece on which Szabo strums both the guitar and the sitar).

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Music News
4:10 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Indian Musicians Remember Their Teacher, Ravi Shankar

AFP Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 9:27 am

The world mourned the death this week of Indian maestro Ravi Shankar, whose name became synonymous with the sitar. Tributes eulogized Shankar as the great connector of the East and West who'd hobnobbed with The Beatles and collaborated with violin virtuoso Yehudi Menuhin. Less has been said about the roots of the music he spent a lifetime perfecting and innovating.

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A Blog Supreme
3:17 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

5 Jazz Christmas Albums For 2012

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra's new album is called Christmas Time Is Here.
Courtesy of the artist

There's a certain intensity of spirit in jazz and improvised music, to the point where it occasionally aligns with religious worship. You especially see it around Christmastime, when certain musicians who happen to be Christians purpose their craft in observance of the season.

Of course, sometimes jazz musicians just like playing familiar songs.

Here are five records, all from 2012, which run the gamut of Christmas jazz. From deep meditations on the holiday's narrative to more offbeat ways to get into the spirit, inventiveness isn't a scarce resource this winter.

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