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Piano Jazz
5:04 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Stephane Grappelli On Piano Jazz

French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli.
Evening Standard Getty Images

Piano Jazz celebrates the centennial of the grandfather of the jazz violin: Stephane Grappelli. Born in Paris in 1908, Grappelli grew up very poor — his mother died when he was 4 and he spent time in orphanages and boarding schools (including one run by the famous dancer Isadora Duncan) when his father was called away to WWI. Father and son were reunited after the war.

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Mom And Dad's Record Collection
1:30 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

'American Pie' And The Box Of Records A Father Left Behind

Mel Fisher Ostrowski played Don McLean's American Pie until she "learned every word."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 5:18 pm

This summer, All Things Considered has asked listeners and guests to share a personal memory of one song discovered through their parents' record collection.

NPR listener Mel Fisher Ostrowski wrote in to tell us about how Don McLean's "American Pie" helped her "bridge a gap between my long-deceased father and baby boy." Hear the radio version at the audio link above — and read a lightly edited version of Ostrowski's original letter to NPR below.

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A Blog Supreme
1:05 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: Sept. 7, 2012

Ornette Coleman, pictured here in 2006, was portrayed in a recently-restored 1986 documentary called Ornette: Made In America.
Robert Atanasovski AFP/Getty Images

Interviews, news and assorted information:

  • An old documentary of Ornette Coleman, c. 1986, has been restored. First link is to The New Yorker, this one to a New York Times review.
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The Checkout: Live
12:27 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Dave Douglas Quintet: Live From 92Y Tribeca

John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 6:06 pm

Before she died last year, Dave Douglas' mother left her son with a list of hymns and folk songs to play at her memorial service, down to the specific verses. But even after the funeral, the songs lingered in Douglas' head; he kept toying with the arrangements in search of a more personal reflection. He found it by rebuilding his quintet with new musicians and welcoming a special guest: Aoife O'Donovan, a singer and guitarist best known for her work in folk and bluegrass bands.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:58 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Conductor Gives Tacet Approval

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:50 pm

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Deceptive Cadence
6:03 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 12:26 pm

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JazzSet
3:57 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Branford Marsalis Quartet On JazzSet

The Branford Marsalis Quartet.
Eric Ryan Anderson

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 2:40 pm

From January 1992 to September 2001, Branford Marsalis set the JazzSet pace, hosting 39 new shows a year (now we do 26) from the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band; festivals in Iowa City, Telluride, Pasadena, Mount Hood, Montreal and Brevard, N.C.; the new music festival in Groningen, the Netherlands, and the Havana Jazz Festival in Cuba; clubs from Yoshi's in California to Sculler's and the Regattabar in Boston. WGBH producer Steve Schwartz sent us lots of Boston sets during that first decade, all of them much appreciated.

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World Cafe
3:48 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Latin Roots: The Politics Of Music

Los Tigres Del Norte.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 4:29 pm

In this installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, Raul Pacheco of the Grammy-winning band Ozomatli talks with host David Dye about how politics influence music. They've certainly affected Pacheco's music, as Ozomatli has been politically driven since its inception. The band's members started playing together 16 years ago, when they were working for the Peace and Justice Center of Los Angeles, and were asked to play for picketers during a strike.

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Favorite Sessions
2:09 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Karrin Allyson: Swinging Jazz Standards

Jazz singer Karrin Allyson on KPLU in Seattle.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Over the past 20 years, vocalist Karrin Allyson has recorded 13 albums that cover vast musical territory. She's explored The Great American Songbook, the musical styles of Brazil and France, the blues and the work of contemporary songwriters. She's recorded a tribute to John Coltrane and an album of late-night ballads, and she's earned four Grammy nominations.

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Live in Concert
1:36 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

ACME In Concert: Steve Reich's Complete String Quartets

Members of ACME (violinists Caroline Shaw and Ben Russell, violist Nadia Sirota and cellist Clarice Jensen) dug into Steve Reich's Different Trains to open their performance, recorded live on Sept. 11, 2012.
AJ Wilhelm for NPR

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 1:49 pm

ALL-REICH PROGRAM

  • Different Trains (1988)
  • Triple Quartet (1998)
  • WTC 9/11 (2010)
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