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Indian Times
9:08 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Oklahoma Showcased In Film On Chickasaw Storyteller Te Ata

Credit Susan Shannon

Chickasaw Governor Bill Anoatubby has long wanted to make films commemorating some of his tribe’s more renowned members. Among the names on Anoatubby’s short list is a woman he considers a great ambassador for his tribe and all Native Americans, Te Ata.

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Theater
3:28 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

El Teatro Campesino's Mission Remains As Its Stages Grow

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 5:43 pm

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:17 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Benny Green On Piano Jazz

Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:02 pm

Hard bop pianist Benny Green was mentored by Walter Bishop Jr. and has appeared on more than 100 recordings, with artists such as Betty Carter, Milt Jackson and Diana Krall. In 1993, Oscar Peterson chose Green to receive the Glen Gould International Protégé Prize in Music.

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OneSix8
9:17 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Fall Festivities, Halloween Horrors, And A Dog Walk Entertain The Hours Of Your Week

Evil Dead: The Musical opens October 10 at the Pollard Theater in Guthrie.

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Theater
3:14 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Play, Ball: A Theatrical Look At The 'Beauty And Brutality' Of Football

Young Mike (Joseph Carlson) antagonizes Mike (Michael Patrick Thornton) during a physical therapy session with Jerry (James Whalen).
Stan Barouh Olney Theatre Center

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 9:15 am

Theater should be as thrilling as a football game, as far as playwright — and Chicago Bears fan — Andrew Hinderaker is concerned. In fact, Hinderaker is so fascinated with the influence of football on society, he wrote a play about it called Colossal, which opens this week in Minneapolis. Productions in Dallas, New Orleans and Boston are planned for early next year.

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
1:38 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Behind Wynton Marsalis' Afro-Cuban 'Ochas' Suite

Percussionists Clemente Medina, Román Diaz and Pedrito Martinez perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:49 pm

To open its 2014-15 season, Jazz At Lincoln Center welcomes the world premiere of a work by managing and artistic director Wynton Marsalis. Ochas, for big band and Afro-Cuban percussion, features special guests in the commanding pianist Chucho Valdés and percussionist, vocalist and Santería priest Pedrito Martinez. With the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, they blend jazz with the traditional folkloric and religious music of Cuba.

Jazz Night In America explores how the new suite of music came to be.

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Remembrances
8:33 am
Thu October 9, 2014

'This Impromptu Dance': Geoffrey Holder's Son Tells One More Story

Seen here in 2005, Geoffrey Holder was a Tony Award-winning director, actor, painter and choreographer.
Tina Fineberg AP

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 10:52 am

Shortly after the death of dancer, choreographer, actor, painter and director Geoffrey Holder, his son, Leo, composed and shared this letter about the end of his father's life.

This Is A True Story

Geoffrey Holder 1930-2014
October 5th

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
10:04 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Johnny O'Neal: Live at Mezzrow

Johnny O'Neal performs at Mezzrow.
NPR

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 12:58 am

Pianist and singer Johnny O'Neal never learned to read music, but didn't really need to: He was one of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and even convincingly imitated the fast-fingered Art Tatum in the biopic Ray. Now, after decades off the scene — and with his health under control — he's re-establishing himself in New York as an incredible old-school performer.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
10:04 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Very Very Threadgill At Harlem Stage

Henry Threadgill studies a score in his dressing room at Very Very Threadgill.
Shahar Azran Courtesy of Harlem Stage

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 10:24 am

The saxophonist and composer Henry Threadgill, 70, has long been an standard-bearer for boundary-crossing music. In his wildly creative work, inspirations as disparate as rags, calypso and funk transmogrify into unique frameworks for improvisation. Pianist Jason Moran is one of his loyal fans — Threadgill is his favorite composer, he says — and programmed this tribute, gathering both Threadgill sidemen and up-and-comers to perform works from throughout Threadgill's career.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
10:04 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Miguel Zenón's 'Identities Are Changeable'

Miguel Zenón.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 6:02 pm

Miguel Zenón possesses rare talent, both for the level of his alto saxophone virtuosity and the ability to make complex compositions immediate and accessible. But he's but one of many who moved to New York City to pursue jazz. And he's one of over one million New-York-area residents of Puerto Rican origin.

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