Arts and Entertainment

12:27 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

VIDEO: KGOU's Jim Johnson Previews Jazz In June On FOX 25

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The 2014 Jazz In June festival gets underway tonight and lasts through Saturday. KGOU's Program Director and Jazz In June program chair Jim Johnson visited the KOKH-TV studios with Norman singer/songwriter Kyle Reid.
Jazz in June starts in Norman, OK and programming chairman Jim Johnson along with musician Kyle Reid stops by to let us know about all the fun the entire family can have!
A Blog Supreme
4:18 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Legendary Pianist Horace Silver Dies At 85

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 10:22 am

Pianist Horace Silver, whose potent and catchy combination of blues, funk and Latin sounds shifted the jazz landscape in the 1950s and '60s, died Wednesday morning at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He died of natural causes, according to his son, Gregory Silver. He was 85.

As a bandleader, Horace Silver mentored some of the hottest musicians of his era. As a composer, he devised numerous jazz standards still played today.

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Latin America
7:03 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Why Cuban Ballet Dancers Risk Defecting

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 11:12 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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A Blog Supreme
7:03 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Rhythm Runs In The Family: Drummers On Their Dads

Percussionist Pete Escovedo and his daughter Sheila E. perform together in Rome in 2013.
Jun Sato WireImage

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 3:35 am

When you read enough about the early lives of jazz musicians, you begin to spot a trend. A lot of artists caught the music bug from their parents.

With instruments and musicians around the house, it's easy for kids to grow curious about playing. But that's not nearly the whole story. Sometimes parents are the first teachers. Other times, parental guidance doesn't fully kick in until much later.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
5:05 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Jerry Dodgion On Piano Jazz

Jerry Dodgion.
Daniel Sheehan eyeshotjazz.com

Saxophonist Jerry Dodgion has played with just about everyone in the jazz world throughout his long career. In 1955, Dodgion joined Benny Carter in Las Vegas for the opening of the Moulin Rouge, and in the late '50s, he played with both Frank Sinatra and the Red Norvo quintet.

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A Blog Supreme
4:11 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies

Jimmy Scott performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2001.
Leon Morris Redferns

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 12:59 pm

Singer Jimmy Scott died of natural causes Thursday morning at his home in Las Vegas at age 88, according to his booking agent, Jean-Pierre Leduc.

Scott suffered from Kallmann's syndrome, a lifelong affliction that prevented his body from maturing through puberty. The condition slowed his growth, leaving his stature at 4 feet 11 inches until his late 30s. It also affected his vocal cords, giving him a high voice that was often misidentified as a woman's.

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Code Switch
3:11 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier

Andrew Stenson plays Pvt. Danny Chen in An American Soldier, a new opera about the hazing and death of the Chinese-American soldier from New York City.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 11:34 am

About two years ago, playwright David Henry Hwang turned down an offer to write a play about the brief life and suicide of Army Pvt. Danny Chen.

But an opera? He couldn't refuse.

"This is a story with big emotions, big primary colors in a way, and big plot events," says Hwang, who wrote the libretto for An American Soldier, a new hourlong opera commissioned by Washington National Opera.

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Arts & Life
12:00 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Remembering Ruby Dee: 'Think Of Me And Feel Encouraged'

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 12:39 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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12:43 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

deadCENTER Film Festival In 14th Year

Credit deadCENTER Film Festival

Thousands of people are expected at an independent film festival this week in Oklahoma City.

This is the 14th year for the deadCENTER Film Festival. The event runs Wednesday through Sunday and is run by working filmmakers and designed to assist filmmakers of all types.

About 90 films will be featured at this year's event. The festival will also hold several workshops and panels about filmmaking.

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Performing Arts
3:06 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Audra McDonald Racks Up The Tonys, This Time As Billie Holiday

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 5:42 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

There's a new queen of Broadway. Audra McDonald won her sixth Tony award last night for her betrayal of Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, CRAZY HE CALLS ME")

AUDRA MCDONALD: (As Billie Holiday, singing) Crazy he calls me. Sure I'm crazy. Crazy in love, I'd say.

CORNISH: When she got to the stage to accept her Tony, the audience at Radio City Music Hall was on its feet. The standing ovation that initially drowning her out.

MCDONALD: Thank you so much. Thank you.

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