Arts and Entertainment

Code Switch
4:22 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

'Fetch Clay, Make Man': Ali, Fetchit And The 'Anchor Punch'

In 1965, Muhammad Ali and Lincoln Perry (Stepin Fetchit) teamed up in pursuit of a legendary boxing technique: the anchor punch.
Courtesy of New York Theatre Workshop

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 5:38 pm

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Muhammad Ali's first title defense, a first-round TKO of Sonny Liston in 1965, propelled Ali to the status of icon. In Ali's training camp before the fight was an icon from an earlier era: Lincoln Perry. He was the first African-American movie star, who went by the stage name Stepin Fetchi. The relationship between the two men is the subject of an off-Broadway play called Fetch Clay, Make Man.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:16 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Elvis Costello On Piano Jazz

Elvis Costello.
Mary McCartney Courtesy of the artist

This Piano Jazz is a special live session from the 2006 Tanglewood Jazz Festival, with host Marian McPartland joined by a very special guest: singer-songwriter Elvis Costello.

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Music News
1:03 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students

Trombone Shorty, aka Troy Andrews, has started a foundation dedicated to music education in New Orleans.
Jonathan Mannion Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 7:33 pm

In New Orleans, it's cool to be in the high school band — especially when Trombone Shorty shows up in the band room.

The brass player and bandleader recently paid a visit to New Orleans' Warren Easton High School to work with band members. It's part of his work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation, a music education initiative.

"[Trombone Shorty] is, without a doubt, the role model for the next generation right now," says Bill Taylor, the foundation's executive director.

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Woody Guthrie
10:35 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Concert To Benefit Rebuilding Of Woody Guthrie's Okemah Home

Woody Guthrie
Credit Courtesy of the Woody Guthrie Archives.

Singer Kris Kristofferson is scheduled to play a benefit concert in Tulsa to help a project to rebuild folk legend Woody Guthrie's boyhood home.

The concert is Sunday night at the Mabee Center.

Organizers want to raise about $500,000 to rebuild Guthrie's home in Okemah. The rebuild of the property will use original planks of wood salvaged from the site decades ago.

Guthrie, best known for the song "This Land is Your Land," wrote hundreds of folk songs and ballads. His lyrics celebrated American workers, lamented the woes of the poor and advocated for civil rights.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
9:25 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Geof Bradfield's 'Melba!' On JazzSet

Geof Bradfield's suite traces Melba Liston's (pictured) life story through her work with Dizzy Gillespie and Randy Weston.
Courtesy of Institute Of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 9:53 am

Not long ago, when musicians needed good charts, they called Melba Liston. She wrote for Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Weston, Elvin Jones, Clark Terry and many more.

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Music Reviews
1:26 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Ahmad Jamal Weaves Old And New On 'Saturday Morning'

Ahmad Jamal.
Courtesy of the artist

Jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal started playing when he was 3 years old in Pittsburgh, which means he's now been playing for 80 years. His new album, Saturday Morning, often recalls his elegant trios of yesteryear, with its tightly synchronized arrangements, plenty of open space and deceptively simple charm.

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A Blog Supreme
7:03 am
Wed October 9, 2013

A Saxophonist From Santiago Cracks The Stateside Scene

Melissa Aldana, 24, took after her father in pursuing jazz saxophone.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

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Kitchen Window
12:23 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Your Favorite Beer May Become Your Favorite Ingredient

Peter Ogburn for NPR

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 11:10 am

Craft beer is having its moment. Microbreweries and craft beer operations are thriving, and weekend warriors spend hours in the garage honing recipes and sharing test batches. Beer is what friends drink when they get together. It's fun. It's accessible. You rarely see people sipping glasses of wine at a tailgate or a backyard barbecue.

Wine is what people think of for fine cooking — steaks with red wine reduction and mussels with white wine sauce. However, beer has a place on the stove, too.

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Performing Arts
11:24 am
Mon October 7, 2013

The Fat Lady Sings For New York City Opera

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. They call it The People's Opera, but after this month, the New York City Opera will exist only in the history books. The renowned company is closing after 70 years. The New York City Opera failed to raise the $7 million it needed to cover its debts and will file for bankruptcy protection.

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Arts & Life
11:24 am
Mon October 7, 2013

An Artist's Story Of The Arab Spring

Upheaval in countries like Egypt and Syria is often discussed in political terms, but how do artists see it? Guest host Celeste Headlee talks about arts and the Arab Spring with Egyptian-American poet Yahia Lababidi and Syrian-American doctor Dr. Zaher Sahloul.

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