Arts and Entertainment

Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
8:20 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Home Cooking: The Philadelphia Jazz Organ Tradition In Concert

Sonny Keaton performs during the Home Cooking concert.
WXPN

The Hammond electronic organ was developed with churches in mind, as a lower-cost alternative to pipe organs. But in Philadelphia, a keyboard player named Jimmy Smith was inspired by early jazz experiments on the instrument, and found a devastating way to adapt the new bebop style to the Hammond B-3. It seeded a new tradition of organ players in Philadelphia — major figures like "Groove" Holmes, Jimmy McGriff, Papa John and Joey DeFrancesco, and Trudy Pitts — and kickstarted a new sound in jazz at large.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
7:50 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Cassandra Wilson Sings Billie Holiday

Cassandra Wilson.
Mark Seliger Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 8:22 pm

One hundred years after she was born, Billie Holiday remains iconic in American music, not to mention jazz singing. Cassandra Wilson has made her career in jazz singing by embracing a wide range of American music, and it holds true on her latest project: a new album rearranging the Billie Holiday songbook. The new Coming Forth By Day, created with rocker Nick Cave's producer and rhythm section, reshapes songs like "Good Morning Heartache" and "Strange Fruit" with fresh textures and resonances.

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Book News & Features
4:01 am
Tue March 31, 2015

'Wolf Hall' On Stage And TV Means More Makeovers For Henry VIII's 'Pit Bull'

Actor Mark Rylance, seen here as Thomas Cromwell in Masterpiece's Wolf Hall, views Cromwell as a survivor who knows how to manipulate power to his advantage. "He has the mind of a chess player," Rylance says.
Giles Keyte Playground & Company Pictures for Masterpiece/BBC

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 6:58 am

Before Hilary Mantel decided to write about him, Thomas Cromwell, the man at the center of her popular award-winning novels, wasn't a heroic figure. History and popular culture mostly depicted him as a bad guy, able and willing to do the king's bidding, whether right or wrong.

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Books
3:22 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Unveiling The Pain Of Secondary Trauma Victims

Mac McClelland is author of "Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story." (Joey Shemuel)

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 3:50 pm

When former Mother Jones reporter Mac McClelland was diagnosed with PTSD after witnessing another woman’s horror at being brutally assaulted in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, she didn’t believe it. After all, it was the Haitian who was assaulted, not her.

A lot of readers agreed after McClelland wrote an essay about her diagnosis in 2011. They were outraged that the 32-year-old journalist should be seen as a victim.

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Assignment: Radio
2:00 pm
Sun March 29, 2015

Assignment: Radio March 29th, 2015

Credit Jay Chilton

Sexual assault awareness month is just a few days away. Assignment: Radio’s Lydia Theban, Pamela Ortega, ECU’s Lisa Laxton and I found out that sexual violence touches the lives of people here in our community. Sexual assault prevention programs, personal stories and successes make up this weeks Assignment: Radio.

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Book News & Features
5:03 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Pour A Bucket Of Blood On These New Adaptations Of 'Carrie'

In Carrie The Musical, now being revived at a California theater, Carrie gets a jarringly Disneyesque song before her fateful prom.
La Mirada Theatre

Stephen King's Carrie (his first published work) is now more than four decades old, but it's never fallen out of pop culture favor. It was a fresh, horrifying look at the nightmare that could be high school, with a memorably mousy teenage protagonist who unleashed her telekinetic powers on her town.

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A Blog Supreme
5:03 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Three Jazz Pianists, A Generation After Apartheid

Nduduzo Makhathini, from rural Eastern South Africa, connected to jazz as a way to heal others through music.
Ignatius Mokone Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 10:47 am

In South Africa, the major art of resistance during apartheid was jazz: a melting pot where folk songs and hymns defiantly mixed with influences from South Asia, America and West Africa. South African jazz's central formula — its equivalent to the 12-bar blues — is a buoyant, four-chord progression that even seems to evoke a blending motion.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
4:10 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Dardanelle Hadley On Piano Jazz

Dardanelle Hadley, pictured here on vibes circa 1938-1948.
William Gottlieb Library of Congress

Jazz vocalist and pianist Dardanelle Hadley was born Marcia Marie Mullen, the daughter of vocalist and pianist Marcius Mosely "Buck" Mullen. In the 1940s, she formed a trio that played regularly at the Copacabana Club in New York, and she went on to work with jazz greats such as Bucky Pizzarelli and Grady Tate.

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Arts and Entertainment
1:44 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Yale Is Starting A VHS Archive And It's Full Of Horror Movies

Most of the 2,700 or so VHS tapes acquired by Yale University are horror films. The new archive will be first of its kind at an academic institution. (Courtesy of Yale)

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 2:28 pm

The Yale University library has acquired a collection of about 2,700 VHS tapes – mostly horror and exploitation films.

The tapes are part of a new archive – the first of its kind at an academic institution – that preserves VHS tapes not only for the movies on them, but also for their boxes’ artwork and copy, the trailers at the beginning and other release-specific content.

The archive is the brainchild of Aaron Pratt, a Ph.D. student at Yale, and David Gary, a Yale librarian.

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Monkey See
12:23 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

The End Of The Estate: 'Downton Abbey' Is Officially Saying Goodbye

Masterpiece and Carnival Films announced today that Downton Abbey will end after its sixth season.
Nick Briggs Carnival Films/PBS

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 10:57 am

Recent reports were officially confirmed today — the upcoming sixth season will be the last for the very successful drama Downton Abbey, according to an announcement Thursday from Carnival Films and Masterpiece. Executive producer Gareth Neame had this to say:

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