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NPR Story
1:24 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Ron Carter On Piano Jazz

Ron Carter first appeared on the national scene as a member of Miles Davis' second great quintet, which coalesced around the recording of Davis' album Seven Steps to Heaven.

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Tornado Recovery
12:02 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Scalping "In Poor Taste" For Tornado Benefit Concert

Credit tobykeith.com

A concert benefiting Oklahoma tornado victims has drawn some of the biggest names in country music, but with proceeds intended for charity, it is not attracting scalpers hoping to prey on an unsuspecting public.

Oklahoma natives Toby Keith and Garth Brooks are among the star-studded lineup of Saturday's Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

The organizers of Saturday's concert declined a request by The Associated Press to discuss ticket scalping.

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Song Travels
11:43 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Mark O'Connor On 'Song Travels'

Mark O'Connor.
Jim McGuire Courtesy of the artist

Violinist Mark O'Connor is one of the most versatile fiddlers in music today: He seems equally at home playing bluegrass, country, jazz and classical. With its roots in Texas fiddling, O'Connor's music has shaped an entirely American school of string playing. His approach to teaching violin is considered a rival to the Suzuki method.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
11:58 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Avishai Cohen's Triveni With Anat Cohen On JazzSet

Anat Cohen (left) performs with Avishai Cohen (center) at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Ayano Hisa for NPR

Anat Cohen leads the Anzic Orchestra (Anat + music = Anzic), and Anzic opens this JazzSet by letting "Samba de Orfeu" morph into "Struttin' With Some Barbecue." Cohen loves both Brazilian and New Orleans music, and connects them with ease. "Struttin'" features the trumpet section one man at a time, concluding with Avishai Cohen. Later in the show, Anat will be back.

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A Blog Supreme
6:44 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Patriotism And Protest: Jazz For July 4

Louis Armstrong spoke out against the federal government regarding racial issues, but happily played the National Anthem at Newport in 1960.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 8:41 am

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OneSix8
10:08 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week: Endless Independence Day Options

Credit Bayasaa / Flickr Creative Commons

Fourth of July celebratory options can be overwhelming. With barbecues, fireworks, and The Star Spangled Banner on repeat, it’s hard to know where to start. This week’s OneSix8 highlights a few events to help narrow down options for your Independence Day holiday. 

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A Blog Supreme
7:03 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Facing Illness, An Improviser Learns The Art Of Patience

Dayna Stephens.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 9:07 am

Dayna Stephens is a patient musician. The 34-year-old tenor saxophonist and composer fashions supple, searching improvisations that brim with melodic cogency. His compositions often exude a widescreen sensibility with languid, narrative-like passages, suspenseful interludes and sumptuous harmonies.

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Arts and Entertainment
7:41 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Why Shoot More Films in Oklahoma?

Supporters of a program offering rebates to attract  filmmakers to Oklahoma say they'll try next year to persuade lawmakers to renew  the program.    The Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program that currently offers a 35 percent  rebate on all production expenses made in the state expires July 1, 2014.  

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Music Interviews
6:42 am
Sun June 30, 2013

John Scofield Returns To The Scene Of The Jam

John Scofield's latest album is the genre-fluid, continent hopping Uberjam Deux.
Frank Stefan Kimmel Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 30, 2013 11:43 am

If you sample the first few notes of guitarist John Scofield's new album, Uberjam Deux, you might mistake it for something out of West Africa. But a spin through the tracks takes you to another hemisphere with a sound right out of Jamaica, then to American shores with a soulful homage to Al Green.

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Author Interviews
5:20 pm
Sat June 29, 2013

Lillian Leitzel, The Tiny, High-Flying 'Queen' Of The Circus

Leitzel is remembered as the first true circus diva.
Dean Jensen's collection Courtesy Crown Publishing Group

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 6:52 pm

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