Hope you can join us for the forthcoming edition of All This Jazz, beginning at 10pm on Saturday the 11th, here on Public Radio 89.5-1. (We'll also offer, as always, a 7pm re-airing of ATJ on Sunday the 12th on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.)
Each and every week, we faithfully present modern jazz, both recent and classic...from Armstrong to Zawinul, from Adderley to Zorn. And the second half of our two-hour program always carries a "theme."
One of America's most important — and controversial — literary figures, Amiri Baraka, died on Thursday from complications after surgery following a long illness, according to his oldest son. Baraka was 79.
Baraka co-founded the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. His literary legacy is as complicated as the times he lived through, from his childhood — where he recalled not being allowed to enter a segregated library — to the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. His poem about that attack, "Somebody Blew Up America," quickly became infamous.
When Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traore stopped by KCRW's studio, she was in the middle of a cross-country tour and bound for Northern California. The travel-ready artist is the daughter of a diplomat who has been all over the world and cites her rich cultural experiences as her source of inspiration. Singing in both English and her native language, songs like "Mama" function as a tapestry of her life.
Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 10:08 am
This week's Winter Jazzfest seems to be a kind of turning point — for the festival, and maybe for jazz in New York City. What started 10 years ago as a one-night showcase under one roof has expanded to five days at 10 venues, featuring more than 90 groups in a vast array of styles.
Chamber Music in Oklahoma presented the first concert of the new season on Sunday, October 6th at Christ the King Catholic Church in Oklahoma City. Descending from the great Russian musical tradition, the Trio is distinguished by its exuberant musicality, interpretative range, and sumptuous sound and is made up of three musicians with noted solo careers; violinist Misha Keylin, cellist Sergey Antonov and pianist Maxim Mogilevsky. The Founders Concert, marking Chamber Music in Oklahoma's 54th season offered an all Russian program featuring Piano Trio No.
The members of Nashville's Wild Feathers describe their sound as "American music" — and call it that to distinguish it from the kinder, gentler "Americana." Ricky Young, Joel King, Taylor Burns and Preston Wimberly come from Texas and Oklahoma, and jammed on Stones songs all night when they first met. Here, we'll hear them perform songs from their self-titled debut, plus a cover of Tom Petty's "Listen to Her Heart."
Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz, who at age 20 swept all five top prizes at the 2005 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, can now add another prestigious award to his collection. Early Wednesday, Blechacz was named the 2014 Gilmore Artist.
The Gilmore may not have quite the name recognition as the Chopin Competition, but it has a distinguished cachet of its own, plus a generous $300,000 cash award.
The late documentary filmmaker Jean Bach stands next to an enlarged 1958 photograph of many jazz musicians titled "A Great Day in Harlem." Her documentary about the photo shoot was nominated for an Academy Award in 1995.
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