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As an Asian-American woman, I've had any number of opportunities to see someone who looked like me on the big and small screen.

Since I was a little girl, I've seen Disney's Mulan, Trini Kwan from Fox Kids' Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy, to name a few. And while the portrayal of Asian-American women by Hollywood and television could use some work – too often they're over-sexualized or rendered exotic – at least we're present and have some depth.

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2016 has been a time of great loss for music: Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Sharon Jones all passed away this year, just to name a few. The jazz world was no exception.

Meredith D'Ambrosio On Piano Jazz

Dec 2, 2016

A sensitive and romantic vocalist and pianist, Meredith D'Ambrosio is a champion of the lesser-known songs of famous composers. She is also respected as a visual artist, composer and teacher. In the late '80s, she met her husband, pianist Eddie Higgins, and the pair went on to record and to perform as a musical duo.

On this 1994 episode of Piano Jazz, D'Ambrosio performs her own songs "Beware Of Spring" and "Give It Time."

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1994.

Set List

  • "Beware Of Spring" (D'Ambrosio)
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The audience squirms as the actors put on skull caps and fake beards and shout about how great it is to be a German Muslim. They call for jihad, initially as a way to self-reflect and later, as a battle cry.

The actors ask, "How can you sit here in comfort when our brothers and sisters in Syria and Iraq are being slaughtered? What does your conscience say? Do you even have a conscience?"

Inside IS, it's called, is a play for German teens about the so-called Islamic State was featured recently at Grips Theater, the largest youth theater in Berlin.

Lonnie Liston Smith On Piano Jazz

Nov 25, 2016

Lonnie Liston Smith is one of contemporary music's most versatile keyboardists. With a career spanning four decades, Smith has worked as a soloist, bandleader and sideman to greats including Miles Davis, Betty Carter, Max Roach and Pharoah Sanders.

When you're facing a major life change, it helps to talk to someone who's already been through it. All Things Considered is connecting people on either side of a shared experience, and they're letting us eavesdrop on their conversations in our series Been There.

BADBADNOTGOOD knows its name is a little strange. The jazz group's bassist, Chester Hansen, says it invites jokes from nearly everyone the band meets. "It's probably the most punned name I have ever heard," he says.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence was presumably seeking a quiet night out at the theater, enjoying one of Broadway's hottest tickets with a Friday night performance of Hamilton: An American Musical.

What he got instead was a welcome of boos and cheers from the crowd and a pointed plea from the diverse cast and crew afterwards about what they believe really makes America great.

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Vice President-elect Mike Pence stepped out last night to see one of the hottest shows in New York, "Hamilton: An American Musical." Mr. Pence was greeted with equally loud cheering and booing when he walked into the theater.

Nellie Lutcher On Piano Jazz

Nov 18, 2016

Nellie Lutcher (1912 — 2007) started out playing piano at 15, but soon transitioned to singing. She built a career as a prominent jazz vocalist in the 1940s and 1950s with hits like "Fine Brown Frame."

Lutcher joined Marian McPartland for Piano Jazz in 1986. She performs two of her most popular compositions, "Hurry On Down" and "Real Gone Guy." McPartland solos on "Love Is The Sweetest Thing," and the two combine their talents on "I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues."

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