June 25, 2009 Thelonious Monk and the Baroness Nica de Koenigswarter — who he named the tune "Pannonica" after. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Abrams Image/Harry N. Abrams
June 18, 2009 This week, the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival here in Washington, D.C. presented a lifetime achievement award to New Orleans pianist Ellis Marsalis. The festival organizers put on a special concert featuring Ellis p
June 16, 2009 Michelle Obama kicked off a series of musical workshops Monday at the White House. Middle and high school students from across the country fanned out inside the White House for lectures and performance tips from professional jazz musicians.
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June 15, 2009 The history of jazz in the White House got its start right in the room I stood in just hours ago. In 1962, the Paul Winter Sextet performed in the East Room at the invitation
June 4, 2009 Actor David Carradine was found dead Thursday in a Bangkok, Thailand, hotel room. The actor was best known for his leading role in the 1970s television series Kung Fu. Carradine was in Thailand shooting a movie, one of well over a 100 filmed during a long, eclectic career.
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June 4, 2009 While jazz is mostly a listening experience, it can also be fun to watch. Just ask the folks who put together the Jazz Icons video series.
May 28, 2009 One of my favorite sources for information about Latin Jazz is the Yahoo! Latin Jazz listserv.
Tito Puente, above playing in London, was one of the best percussionists of any era.
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May 26, 2009 Want a great conversation-starter with a fan of Latin jazz? Ask, "What's your favorite pairing of conga and timbales?" Many long-standing percussion duos display seemingly telepathic interplay — the intensity of a runaway train mixed with the kind of swing that makes hips move by themselves. Picking five was a chore, but here they are.
May 21, 2009 Cuba lost a great rumbero this week in the passing of Ricardo "Papin" Abreu.
May 21, 2009 Esperanza Spalding played the White House on May 12, 2009 for the second time this year. Photo Credit: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images
May 21, 2009 Bebo Valdes at his 90th birthday concert in Oct. 2008. Photo Credit: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images
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February 25, 2009 Afro-Latino culture was in the news this past week with the death of Gilberto Miguel Calderon, who was known by his showbiz name: Joe Cuba. Cuba's music was an organic, cross-cultural reflection of how Afro-Latinos in this country have one foot in both cultures. Felix Contreras explains how Joe Cuba and others did it.
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February 17, 2009 A widely admired virtuoso on the drum kit, Bellson was best known for his work leading and playing in big bands of the '40s and '50s. But over a career spanning seven decades, he also wrote more than 1,000 compositions. Bellson was 84.
February 2, 2009 Fans and detractors of jazz fusion cite Miles Davis as the one who led the way to a new direction in jazz in the late 1960s and early '70s. The sessions for In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew not only bred a new style, but also helped identify the pioneers who would help define rock-influenced jazz. Hear five classic examples.
January 27, 2009 The Grammy Awards are just weeks away, with broad of artists up for nomination. NPR Arts Producer Felix Contreras gives a sneak peek into what viewers can expect at this year's star-studded ceremony.
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