Arts and Entertainment

Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
12:45 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Introducing Marcus Roberts And The Modern Jazz Generation

Marcus Roberts.
NPR

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 1:54 am

Regular visitors to Jazz at Lincoln Center know Marcus Roberts the pianist — as a former member of Wynton Marsalis' bands and the Jazz at Lincoln Orchestra, he still returns often with his own groups. But since leaving Marsalis, he's also become a mentor to many younger musicians, both on the bandstand and in the classroom. His new 11-piece ensemble the Modern Jazz Generation combines his trio with many of his younger protégés, looping the feedback full circle.

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Food
4:18 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Bringing Together African-American And Kosher Cuisines

A hearth-cooked meal at historic Brattonsville, South Carolina. (afroculinaria.com)

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 1:57 pm

Michael Twitty is a culinary historian who brings together the flavors of his own diverse roots. He’s an African-American who, after a lifelong interest in Jewish culture, converted to Judaism in his early 20s.

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Arts and Entertainment
4:17 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Heirs Seek Return Of Medieval Art From Germany

A visitor looks at the the cupola reliquary (Kuppelreliquar) of the so-called 'Welfenschatz' (Guelph Treasure) displayed at the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) in Berlin, on February 24, 2015. U.S. and British heirs of Nazi-era Jewish art dealers have sued Germany for the return of a mediaeval art treasure worth $250-300 million, their lawyers said. (Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 1:57 pm

The descendants of Jewish art dealers are seeking the return of a medieval art collection they say was sold under pressure to Nazi officials. The collection was given to Adolf Hitler as a birthday present in 1935; it is now housed in a Berlin art museum and considered a cultural treasure.

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Arts and Entertainment
10:49 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Daughters Back An Artful End To The Rivera-Rockefeller Rivalry Story

Diego Rivera, seen here in 1933, works on a panel of his mural in the lobby of Rockefeller Center.
AP

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 6:48 am

It's been called one of the great rivalries of the art world — a clash between egos, riches and ideologies. In the spring of 1932, capitalist (and prolific collector of Mexican art) Nelson Rockefeller hired Mexican painter and staunch socialist Diego Rivera to paint a mural for the lobby of the newly erected Rockefeller Center in New York City. Sketches were drawn and approved, but when reporters leaked that Rivera had added an image of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, a battle began.

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Music Interviews
10:48 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Kate Pierson Says Going Solo Is Like 'Having Wings'

Kate Pierson's new album, her first as a solo artist, is titled Guitars And Microphones.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 8:04 am

Kate Pierson says she always wanted to be a singer.

"I used to stick my head out the window when I was a kid and sing at the top of my lungs and think no one could hear me."

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Arts and Entertainment
5:47 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

State Arts, Libraries Agencies Prepare for Further Cuts

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 12:45 pm

A state House budget subcommittee asked cultural agencies Monday how they’re preparing for another year of cuts.

Oklahoma Arts Council Director Amber Sharples said their first cuts would be to community arts programs.

"These go very heavily to our rural communities — the festivals that take place everywhere from Claremore, Idabel, across the state," Sharples said. "So, obviously, that would have ramifications."

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A Blog Supreme
11:21 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Clark Terry, Ebullient Jazz Trumpeter, Has Died

Clark Terry wasn't just a trumpeter with flawless technique; he was also, according to one peer, a "natural-born educator" who devoted much of his later career to passing on his immense musical knowledge.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun February 22, 2015 6:22 pm

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Arts and Entertainment
6:45 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Toby Keith Selected For Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Keith at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, April 18, 2010.
Credit Wikipedia Commons / Creative Commons

Oklahoma native and country music superstar Toby Keith has been selected for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Keith said in a statement that he writes songs every day and that songwriting is what he takes the most pride in. He said the award is the only one that he'll display on his desk.

An induction ceremony is scheduled for June 18 in New York City.

Others to be inducted are Cyndi Lauper; the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter; Linda Perry; Bobby Braddock; and Willie Dixon.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
4:07 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Jackie Cain On Piano Jazz

Jackie Cain.
Courtesy of the artist

One half of the jazz vocal duo Jackie & Roy, Jackie Cain was an icon in the cabaret world, with a smooth, feathery voice. Her ability to express a full range of emotions as a performer allowed her to traverse the broad landscape of American popular song.

In this 1999 episode of Piano Jazz, host Marian McPartland and bassist Dean Johnson join Cain for performances of "Wait 'Til You See Her" and "You Don't Know What Love Is."

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1999.

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World Views
3:02 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Everything You Need To Know About The Foreign Films Competing In Sunday's Oscars

The Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California, home of the annual Academy Awards.
Greg Hernandez Flickr

The 87th Academy Awards will be handed out Sunday, and this year the category of Best Foreign Language Film received 83 submissions.

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