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Deceptive Cadence
10:53 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Candidate Up By 4.33 Points

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:52 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 5 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer John Cage.

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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.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 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 12:26 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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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
7:43 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Monk's Music (and One Interesting Question Related to It)

Long before he appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, in 1964, Thelonious Monk was a one-of-a-kind jazz pianist: a player and composer of startling originality, a musician of ample wit and heart, a bebopper of seemingly boundless genius. His body of work --- indeed, his approach to the piano itself --- was fresh and unique and cohesive. It was also, in the opinion of some, quite odd. Or else sloppy-sounding in its fingering, or else melodically lop-sided, or worse.

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JazzSet
3:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis On JazzSet

Regina Carter (right) with Yacouba Sissoko.
Ayano His Newport Jazz Festival

JazzSet returns to the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival for performances from two complementary bandleaders on the main Fort Adams stage: violinist Regina Carter and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

Regina Carter started playing violin as a 4-year-old Suzuki method student in Detroit, and later played in school and community orchestras. After attending the New England Conservatory of Music, she chose jazz as her primary direction. JazzSet first presented her from the 1995 Telluride Jazz Festival — on a stage in the mountains, playing into the open air.

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Mom And Dad's Record Collection
1:24 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Cole Porter Scores An Interracial Couple's Highs And Lows

Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine," a favorite song of listener Melanie Cowart's parents, became a fitting symbol for their relationship.
Sasha Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 5:09 pm

As summer winds down, All Things Considered is winding down its series "Mom and Dad's Record Collection."

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Deceptive Cadence
2:28 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Violinist Hahn-Bin: A New Name, A Modern Look — And A Very Old Sound

The violinist now known as "Amadeus Leopold."
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:52 pm

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A Blog Supreme
2:28 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Detroit's Jazz 'Patriarch' Improvised A Teaching Career

Marcus Belgrave will be featured at this weekend's Detroit Jazz Festival.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:12 pm

There's a lot of astounding information in this comprehensive profile of trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, "the reigning patriarch of Detroit jazz." After touring with Ray Charles for years, and getting opportunities with Max Roach and Charles Mingus, Belgrave opted not to stick it out in New York like many musicians of his caliber. Instead, he chose Detroit, where he's been since 1963.

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Thistle and Shamrock
10:48 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Thistle and Shamrock: A Broader Canvas

Carreg Lafar
Courtesy of the artist

Follow the Celtic music trail to Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Galicia, Asturias, Wales and Brittany.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

A Blog Supreme
6:28 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Could Thelonious Monk Win The Jazz Competition Named After Him?

Pianist Kris Bowers performs in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. He was later named the winner.
Brendan Hoffman WireImage

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:12 pm

Last week, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz announced the 12 semi-finalists for its annual competition for young musicians, often seen as the most prestigious in jazz today.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:21 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Barenboim's Beethoven: A Soloist And Conductor In Complete Agreement

Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim captured in a 2006 photo from Berlin.
MIGUEL VILLAGRAN AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 7:15 pm

Conductor, pianist and peace advocate Daniel Barenboim first recorded all five of Beethoven's piano concertos in 1967. Barenboim, a brash and fantastically smart 24-year-old, was paired with an elder statesman, conductor Otto Klemperer. There was real magic in that collaboration, yielding recordings that still set a benchmark.

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