Arts and Entertainment

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

In the first half of the 20th century, aerial performers — not elephants or tigers — were the big draw at circuses. And nobody was a bigger star than Lillian Leitzel, a tiny woman from Eastern Europe who ruled the Ringling Brothers circus.

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Piano Jazz With Jon Weber
11:30 am
Fri June 28, 2013

John Medeski On Piano Jazz

John Medeski.
Michael Bloom Courtesy of the artist

As the keyboardist for the trio Medeski, Martin & Wood, John Medeski has been bringing jazz and fusion to rock audiences for more than two decades. He recently began playing solo piano concerts in venues around the world. On this episode of Piano Jazz, Medeski joins host Jon Weber to perform pieces from his new solo piano album, A Different Time, as well as a surprising duet or two.

Originally recorded March 4, 2013.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:18 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Tony DeSare On Piano Jazz

Tony DeSare.
Courtesy of the artist

Singer and pianist Tony DeSare grew up in Glen Falls, N.Y. He began his musical career on violin, but from an early age, he expressed a fascination with the piano and organ. His parents bought him a small Casio keyboard to test his interest, and by age 12, DeSare had been given a full-size keyboard and was taking piano lessons.

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All Tech Considered
8:25 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Please Text And Tweet During This Theater Performance

A show called #Hashtag encourages audience members to tweet during the performance.
Quinn.Anya via Flickr

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 10:14 am

See if this sounds familiar: You're seated in a movie theater, watching the latest IMAX disaster flick when someone slides their iPhone out of their pocket and starts texting their significant other. The glow from the phone lights up their face like the man in the moon and somehow — despite the $75 million used on the pyrotechnic budget alone — that blue-white glow at the edge of your vision triggers instincts honed over millions of years of evolution, and you find yourself incapable of focusing on the movie.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
3:28 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Wynton Marsalis And Vince Giordano, Big Phat Band On JazzSet

Louis Armstrong Continuum on stage. Co-leader Vince Giordano is on tuba in the back row.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 2:21 pm

One band is on the East Coast, one on the West and both give definitive, invigorating performances of music that celebrates what's best about America — jazz, bands, even Bugs Bunny.

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A Blog Supreme
3:14 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Oui Et Oui: Montreal Jazz's French Connection

Caravan Palace.
Courtesy of the artist

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OneSix8
12:41 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week Featuring Flyers And Finders

Tarzan swoops into the Civic Center Music Hall this week.
Credit Oklahoma City Theatre

A man trying to stay off the grid, one who already is, and an opportunity for those longing for simpler days highlight this week’s OneSix8. 

In 2009, U.K. citizen David Bond set out to completely disappear from the state’s surveillance programs. In his attempt to fly under the radar in the world’s third most intrusive surveillance country, he left his pregnant wife and child. Soon, Bond discovered just how much the government knew about him and his family as two private investigators began tracking him across the state.  

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Music Reviews
12:12 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

'My Ellington': A Pianist Gives Duke Her Personal Touch

Duke Ellington (1899-1974) at the piano at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon, during a British tour on Feb. 10, 1963.
John Pratt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 3:50 pm

At the keys, Duke Ellington abstracted from stride piano, which modernized ragtime. Ellington's own spare percussive style then refracted through Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor, as well as a generation of freewheeling pianists active in Europe, like Aki Takase. Her new solo piano album is My Ellington, on which she plays some stride bass herself, as in "In a Mellow Tone."

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The Mix
9:01 am
Sat June 22, 2013

The Mix: The Songs Of The Summer

Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" is undeniably one of the songs of this summer.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 7:54 am

People have funny ways of describing hit pop songs. A song is "infectious," an "earworm." It "gets under your skin." It's not summer without little annoyances — sunburn, mosquito bites, sweat — just as it's not summer without the Song of the Summer. We're talking about a song (or two, or three) that explodes and quickly permeates pop culture. It runs rampant up and down your radio dial, around your parties and deep in your brain. Perhaps this is why such pop music is described in terms usually reserved for the plague.

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Piano Jazz With Jon Weber
4:08 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Karen Oberlin On Piano Jazz

Karen Oberlin.
Heather Sullivan Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 7:41 am

Award-winning vocalist Karen Oberlin is one of the premier interpreters of the Great American Songbook. She's also a theater veteran whose credits include the first stage production of Rent, as well as more than 100 Off Broadway performances of the hit show Our Sinatra. On this episode of Piano Jazz, Oberlin presents an intimate set of timeless music with host Jon Weber.

Originally recorded on March 5, 2013.

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