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Deceptive Cadence
3:03 am
Sat May 12, 2012

Roman Totenberg: A Musical Life Remembered

At 101, Roman Totenberg was teaching students up to the very end of his life.
Suzanne Kreiter The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:54 pm

[Roman Totenberg was a child prodigy who became a violin virtuoso, as well as a master teacher who passed along his command of craft and his love of music — and life — to thousands. He was also the man you wanted to sit next to at the table because he was so funny. Totenberg died this week at the age of 101, surrounded by loving family, friends and students. We asked his daughter, Nina Totenberg, for this remembrance. — Scott Simon]

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A Blog Supreme
5:39 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: May 11, 2012

Do conservatories produce "cookie cutter" musicians? (At least they'll be able to play a certain Jimmy Heath blues well.)
Diane Labommbarbe iStockPhoto

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 8:58 am

More links from this week:

  • Interesting discussions at George Colligan's blog this week. An informed opinion on the charge that music schools produce "cookie cutter" musicians. Some thoughts on sight reading, that misunderstood skill among the jazz community. And a low brass forum erupts.
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A Blog Supreme
4:14 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

40 Years Of Mondays: One Saxophonist's Addiction To The Fringe

The Fringe is Bob Gullotti, drums; John Lockwood, bass; and George Garzone, saxophone.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:01 pm

I was an 18-year-old saxophone student at Berklee College of Music when my new best friend, a trumpeter named Willy Olenick, told me about The Fringe. "You've got to hear this band," he said. "They're an amazing trio. You can hear them any Monday night at Michael's and you're nuts not to go."

Willy didn't mention anything about what style they played, and I didn't ask. I just took his advice and went.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:58 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: May 11, 2012

courtesy of the Copenhagen Philharmonic

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 3:38 pm

News from around the world this week:

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Piano Jazz
1:45 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Daryl Sherman Pays Tribute To Johnny Mercer On Piano Jazz

Daryl Sherman visits Piano Jazz for a show in tribute to Johnny Mercer.
Courtesy of the artist

Piano Jazz welcomes pianist and singer Daryl Sherman. The ineffable performer has played most of New York's jazz spots, cabarets and supper clubs since arriving in the city in the mid 1970s.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:57 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Gags Ordered: The Cartoon Caption Contest Winners

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:55 pm

After 11 days and more than 500 submissions, we proudly unveil a winner (and several honorable mentions) in our very first classical cartoon caption contest. Congratulations to Gregory Curnow from central Massachusetts, who remembered that hippos not only excel at the violin, but also have a habit of snorting.

"I just tried to put myself in the shoes of a judge in one of those blind symphony orchestra auditions," Curnow said when asked how he came up with his winning caption. We'll send him a new NPR Music tote bag and coffee mug for his efforts.

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Mountain Stage
3:44 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Caroline Aiken On Mountain Stage

Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 9:01 am

Caroline Aiken makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens. Born and raised on the Georgia Sea Island of St. Simons, Aiken grew up under the influence of local musicians like the Georgia Sea Island Singers.

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Favorite Sessions
3:35 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Laura Marling: How To Reveal A Quiet Song

Laura Marling performed "Sophia" on opbmusic.
Nathan Quigley opbmusic

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 9:16 pm

Though still only 22, Laura Marling is both an accomplished performer and one of the U.K.'s brightest up-and-coming songwriters. Her first two records were each nominated for the Mercury Prize, and last year she won a Brit Award for best female solo artist. Those are high-profile awards for an artist whose songs unfold in quiet ways, with lyrical depth that rewards repeat listening and a clear alto that gives her songs gravity.

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A Blog Supreme
2:44 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Why A Jazz Festival Is Asking Musicians To 'Do It Yourself'

Mad Curious, with drummer Lenny Robinson, saxophonist Brian Settles and bassist Tarus Mateen, performs at a Capitalbop house show.
Giovanni Russonello Courtesy of Capitalbop

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:02 pm

The Undead Music Festival, which lifted off last night, has grown every year. On Friday, it will outgrow New York City.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:16 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Van-tiques Roadshow: Compete For Cliburn's Collection At Christie's

Pianist Van Cliburn.
Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 7:13 am

On May 17th, the famous auction house Christie's will sell more than 150 items for pianist Van Cliburn. Now 77 years old, the Cold War-era classical music megastar and competition founder has long been a collector of fine English furniture, Russian art, silver and jewelry — and Christie's expects this New York sale to bring in more than $3 million.

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