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Theater
7:26 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Broadway's 'Spider-Man' Musical Turns Off The Lights At Last

Reeve Carney (right) handed off the lead role in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark to successor Justin Matthew Sargent in September 2013. The show closes Jan. 4, and the Smithsonian Institution announced today that it's acquiring Carney's costume.
Rob Kim Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 8:23 am

Regardless of how critics and audiences eventually responded, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was always going to be one of the most-discussed shows in Broadway history. It had songs by U2's Bono and the Edge; it was directed by The Lion King's Julie Taymor; it was based on a hit Marvel franchise; there were going to be flying stunts right over the audience's heads.

And then somehow it all went very wrong, from injured actors to huge cost overruns.

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Theater
2:26 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Don't Call Him Theo: Malcolm-Jamal Warner On Life After 'Cosby'

Malcolm-Jamal Warner plays Dr. John Prentice in Arena Stage's production of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
Amy Ta NPR

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 7:53 am

Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner is best-known for the role he played in the '80s, as Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show. He's so well-known for that role, in fact, that even now — at age 43 — he still gets called by the wrong name.

"People kind of have a misconception, because when someone calls me Theo and I correct them, say, 'No, my name is Malcolm,' they think I have an attitude about it and I don't want to be associated with the show," Warner explains to NPR's David Green.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
2:18 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Ryan Truesdell's Gil Evans Centennial Project On JazzSet

Ryan Truesdell conducts the Gil Evans Centennial Project at Newport.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 2:21 pm

Gil Evans was born in Canada in 1912. He latched onto jazz and, in time, taught himself to write it. First, for dancers, Evans arranged tunes off the radio for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra as well as the sweet, warm sounds of flutes and French horns. Then Evans downsized the Thornhill sound to a nonet for The Birth of the Cool.

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Television
4:33 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Malcolm Jamal Warner On Growing Up On 'The Cosby Show'

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 7:52 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

If you ever watched "The Cosby Show," you know this voice well.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE COSBY SHOW")

MALCOLM JAMAL WARNER: (as Theo) You know dad's cooking is really delicious. I just wish he wouldn't tell us what's in it.

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The Two-Way
5:31 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

'Fresh Prince' Actor James Avery Dead At 68

Actor James Avery, known to many as "Uncle Phil" on the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died. He was 68.
Mark Mainz Getty Images

James Avery, the actor who played the Honorable Philip Banks — also known as Uncle Phil — on the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died.

Avery died on Tuesday in Glendale, Calif., following complications from open heart surgery, publicist Cynthia Snyder told NPR. Avery was 68.

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Toast Of The Nation
3:22 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Cecile McLorin Salvant: Live In Washington, D.C.

Cecile McLorin Salvant.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:19 pm

Among the breakout performers of 2013 was the young singer Cecile McLorin Salvant. Her unfussy, yet flexible delivery and penchant for material of an older vintage cut a distinct profile — especially for someone who turned 24 last year. It's no surprise that her recent album WomanChild was received with wide acclaim, named the top vocal album in NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll and collecting a Grammy nomination.

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Toast Of The Nation
3:21 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Donald Harrison Quintet: Live At Berklee

Donald Harrison leads his quintet in concert.
Henry Hayes Courtesy of Berklee College of Music

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:19 pm

Since attending Berklee College of Music, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison has been a Jazz Messenger, a leading Young Lion, a New Orleans torchbearer, and a famed mentor for new talent. As a bandleader, he merges all that and more. Accompanied by a young rhythm section and fellow New Orleanian Detroit Brooks (guitar), the "King of Nouveau Swing" returns to his alma mater — where, incidentally he also played Toast of The Nation a decade ago. The concert, part of the First Night Boston festival, was hosted by Eric Jackson of WGBH.

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Toast Of The Nation
3:21 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Bobby McFerrin's 'spirityouall': Live At Monterey

Bobby McFerrin with his daughter, Madison McFerrin.
Craig Lovell Courtesy of Monterey Jazz Festival

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:17 pm

Robert McFerrin, Sr., a baritone, was the first African American man to perform solo at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and an important interpreter of spirituals. He's clearly passed along some of his talent to his son, the world-renowned vocal gymnast Bobby McFerrin. And McFerrin the younger has recently taken an interest in his father's spiritual repertoire, putting his own spin on them for his 2013 recording spirityouall. At the Monterey Jazz Festival, he performs that material with his own progeny — his daughter Madison McFerrin.

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Toast Of The Nation
3:21 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Paquito D'Rivera: Live In Chicago

Paquito D'Rivera performs with the Kaia String Quartet.
Aaron Edwards Courtesy of the Latino Music Festival/WFMT Radio Chicago

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:18 pm

The reedman Paquito D'Rivera has made a career out of crossing genres. Born in Cuba, his larder is never out of Afro-Caribbean and Latin American sounds; he's made a name for himself as a jazz virtuoso and classical performer. Chicago's Latino Music Festival took advantage this year. Artistic director Elbio Barilari, himself a composer (and host of Fiesta!

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Toast Of The Nation
3:20 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Convergence With Larry Goldings: Live In Denver

Convergence with Larry Goldings (foreground).
Travis Broxton Broxton Art

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:16 pm

Every month, the members of the Colorado-born sextet Convergence gather from near and far at the Denver club Dazzle, often with a special guest. The band certainly has plenty of material to draw from — Convergence first converged in 1991. For Toast of the Nation 2013-14, it welcomed Hammond B-3 organist Larry Goldings from Los Angeles to ring in midnight in Mountain Time. Carlos Lando of KUVO hosts the festivities.

Set List

  • "Jim Jam (For Jim Hall)" (Goldings)
  • "Pegasus" (Goldings)
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