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Can White Cats Play Jazz?

I mean, white dogs certainly can.

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The music here is "OAM's Blues," by the Aaron Goldberg trio, as recorded on the 2006 release Worlds. That band will be live at the Village Vanguard this Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 9 p.m. ET. WBGO and NPR Music will be live video webcasting — join us for a live chat, or listen to the recording starting sometime on Thursday. This sort of thing happens every month: www.npr.org/villagevanguard for your reference.

Also, if you're wondering why there are so many versions of this song on YouTube — it's an indie release by a jazz pianist, right? — Microsoft stuck it in the Sample Music folder for the Windows Vista operating system. (Aaron, I hope they paid you well for that!)

Finally, the title of this post refers to the blogosphere conversation going on around this book about jazz and race, by trumpeter Randy Sandke. There were lots of good blurbs and reviews by smart people about this book at first. Then there was Howard Mandel's negative review, which led to these comments, and responses, and ultimately a long response by Sandke himself. (Also, Sandke is interviewed here.) That only led to more discussion: here from David Adler, and here (at length) from Ethan Iverson. No comment from these quarters, as I haven't read the book yet.

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