A native of the Dominican Republic, Michel Camilo is one of the most energetic pianists in jazz.
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July 12, 2011 Wouldn't it be nice to just drop whatever you're doing right now and go on a nice, leisurely Caribbean vacation? Well, you can — sort of. Let your mind sail through the Caribbean by listening to some music from a few of the many fine jazz artists who were born on the Caribbean islands.
January 19, 2011 If you find yourself stuck in the house due to recent snowfall around the country, huddling around the fire has surely become tiresome by now. So why not hover around your computer with some wintry tunes and a cup of tea instead?
July 12, 2010 The sweltering East Coast heat wave had us thinking about all things hot — and not much else. When the temperature is unrelentingly oppressive, sitting around with an iced beverage in hand and music in the background is as pleasant a way to pass the time as you can find.
This is what your Thanksgiving looks like. Let us ease your pain.
November 23, 2009 The journey home for Thanksgiving can be challenging and frustrating, fraught with bus loads of college kids, crowded planes and slow-moving traffic. Fortunately, music eases frustration, so here are five jazz songs to lift your travel-weary spirits.
Gene Kelly's iconic performance in Singin' in the Rain was informed by the rhythms of jazz.
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November 2, 2009 It's early November, and for many in America, that means that when we go outside, we're likely to get wet. Whether we're dodging sprinkles, showers or downpours, November is part of a rainy season. Hear five songs from vocalists inspired by rain, including Gene Kelly, Patricia Barber and Mahalia Jackson.
Charles Mingus getting cozy with a Verdi Imperial Stout. (And, yes, this is an "unauthorized" copy of Mexican Moods. Sorry, Sue Mingus, it was a gift.)
June 15, 2009 Jazz and beer are natural companions, so we asked the Washington City Paper's "Beerspotter" to pair bottles with records by Charles Mingus, Sun Ra and more.
June 1, 2009 What do chocolate pudding, smiles, gingerbread, fishing and dairy products have to do with each other? They all have lesser-known holidays dedicated to them in the month of June. Celebrate these delightfully obscure days with Jimmy Heath, Louis Armstrong and more.
Duke Ellington, Max Roach and Charles Mingus on the cover of Money Jungle.
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September 2, 2008 The change of season offers a chance to look ahead to fall and look back at summer simultaneously. For many, it's an especially productive month: In the world of jazz, September sessions have produced some special recordings.
August 25, 2008 As August ends, so do the carefree days of summer. School begins, recent vacations are a fond memory and the temperature begins its slow and steady descent. Don't be sad, though: As Labor Day Weekend approaches, these songs are here to bring summer to a close on a positive note.
August 19, 2008 August is a month for moving at a relaxed pace, so it's a perfect time to seek out a tall cool one and some music to go with it. Here are five tunes to help you find the happily you're ever after.
August 11, 2008 It's the end of a summer day, and the heat's been hammering you since you woke up. Now, at last, the sun has gone down, and it's time to seek a little relief. Take a sip of an icy beverage and listen to the sound of five cool songs at the end of the day.
July 8, 2008 The summer sun is frying the concrete kingdom. Sweltering heat is parboiling millions of psyches around you. It's probably time to flee the city, but like many urbanites, you don't own a car. Book a rental and bring these five songs and crank the factory-installed stereo in your getaway car.
In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers.
May 12, 2008 Here's a chance for all baseball-loving jazz fans to get into the swing of the season with a few jazz songs that take their inspiration from the boys of summer. It's America's greatest art form celebrating the Great American Pastime.
March 25, 2008 Springtime brings warming temperatures, a spirit of renewal, and a bunch of jazz tunes with the season in mind. Listen to these songs as you gaze out your window at the last bit of snow, walk around a park, or leaf through a gardening catalog.
November 8, 2007 To many, autumn is the most pleasant season in which to visit New York: The sight of leaves turning colors and falling through Central Park is breathtaking. If you're daydreaming about New York, you'll need a soundtrack, courtesy of WDUQ.
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