Arts and Entertainment

Code Switch
5:13 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Striking Harmonies With The Jubilee Singers' Past And Present

Soprano Nigia Hunt is a junior at Durham School of the Arts. She and others are singing for Paul Kwami, auditioning for a solo in the Duke Performances concert.
Leoneda Inge/NPR

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 5:51 pm

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are known worldwide for their flawless voices and stellar performances of Negro spirituals. They're from Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., but they travel around the world to perform their music. Negro spirituals were originally sung by slaves and remain tightly linked to African-American culture. Paul Kwami, the choir's musical director, said singing these spirituals was a way for slaves to lament their servitude, along with the hope of being free one day.

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Author Interviews
5:00 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Author: 'I Wanted To Explain To Kennedy Why He Died'

Lee Harvey Oswald and wife Marina Oswald say goodbye to Minsk on the first step of their journey to America. (U.S. National Archives & Records)

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 2:42 pm

Priscilla Johnson McMillan knew both John F. Kennedy and the man who assassinated him, Lee Harvey Oswald.

She tells Here & Now’s Robin Young that Kennedy was full of questions, “always asking you things, always asking questions, so I wanted to understand for him, why somebody would assassinate him. … He would have wanted to know why somebody had nothing better to do than just go out and kill him, and that is what I wanted to answer.”

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
12:39 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Ray Anderson's 'Sweet Chicago Suite' On JazzSet

Ray Anderson (right) leads his scaled-down Pocket Brass Band at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:42 am

This set takes us to the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival for trombonist Ray Anderson and his Pocket Brass Band as they perform Anderson's Sweet Chicago Suite. To open: a high-energy chorus of "76 Trombones" by Pocket Brass at the 1997 Iowa City Jazz Festival, as originally heard on our long-running, go-where-the-music-is series, JazzSet.

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OneSix8
10:02 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week: Kicking Off The Holiday Season

Credit Bart Fields

It’s beginning to feel a lot like the holiday season that is upon us and this week’s OneSix8 offers some additional 'indicators’ of what’s ahead with decorating tips, a winter wonderland, and even some early gift ideas.

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The Fresh Air Interview
3:02 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Vince Giordano: The Fresh Air Interview

Boardwalk Empire features music by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.
Abbot Genser HBO

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 4:42 pm

If you love jazz and pop from the 1920s and '30s, you might already love the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, set in Atlantic City during Prohibition. The music played throughout the show is performed by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, and a second album of music from the series was recently released.

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Kitchen Window
11:03 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Yes, It's Worth It To Make Your Own Yogurt

Nicole Spiridakis for NPR

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 10:35 am

On the verge of a move to Casablanca, Morocco, for the next four years, I spent a month there this summer to dip my toes figuratively — and literally, into the Atlantic — into my new life. I became almost accustomed to the ongoing calls to prayer and cooked with gorgeous produce acquired from my neighborhood souk. I drank all sorts of delicious and cheap fresh-squeezed juices at the cafe up the street and watched cars and donkey-pulled carts pass by in equal measure. I ate too many French-inspired pastries, and I made my own yogurt.

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Native American
10:05 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Oklahoma Movie Up For Top Native American Film Prize

A still from the movie, "The Cherokee Word for Water."
Credit http://www.cw4w.com/#about-the-film

An Oklahoma-based film is up for several awards at a film festival celebrating Native Americans.

"The Cherokee Word for Water" is one of several films nominated at the 10th annual Red Nation Film Festival and Awards Show. The festival honors individuals or groups supporting Native Americans through film, television or network productions. The film has earned a nomination for best picture.

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Live At The Village Vanguard
2:58 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Peter Bernstein, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart: Live At The Village Vanguard

Left to right: Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart and Peter Bernstein.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:36 am

When their busy schedules align, guitarist Peter Bernstein, keyboard player Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart play together as a trio. Their format isn't earth-shatteringly new — largely standards, a few original pieces, classic sonorities in which Hammond B3 organ meets electric guitar — but after nearly 25 years as a band, their rapport is. Theirs isn't an organ trio of greasy funk, but their cleaner language is plenty tasteful, overlaying smart choices atop plenty of swing.

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Music Reviews
11:08 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Amir ElSaffar Navigates Uncharted Blue Notes On 'Alchemy'

Amir ElSaffar's new album is called Alchemy.
Nicole LeCorgne Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 2:01 pm

Trumpeter Amir ElSaffar grew up near Chicago, playing jazz trumpet. In the early 2000s, while in his mid-20s, he began investigating the music of his Iraqi heritage, studying in Baghdad and with expatriate musicians in Europe. Then he began combining the two.

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The New And The Next
4:49 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

A Male Belly Dancer, Social Activism On Instagram, 'Thriller'

Courtesy of Ozy.com

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 5:08 pm

The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest discoveries.

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