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  • How the MacArthur Fellowships have nurtured jazz

    How the MacArthur Fellowships have nurtured jazz
    Broadway actors have the Tonys.
  • Jazz diplomacy: An American in Tehran

    Jazz diplomacy: An American in Tehran
    It all started with a message that popped into jazz saxophonist Bob Belden's LinkedIn account – from Iran. The much-admired jazz musician – who was born in Evanston and long has been based in New York – had not been expecting...

    From Brazilian to avant-garde, brilliant new jazz albums

    From Brazilian to avant-garde, brilliant new jazz albums
    The next wave of important jazz recordings shows musicians experimenting with new forms and revivifying old ones. Among the highlights: Rudresh Mahanthappa: "Bird Calls" (ACT). Back in the 1990s, alto saxophonist Mahanthappa was one of Chicago's young...

    Cassandra Wilson reflects on Billie Holiday at 100

    Cassandra Wilson reflects on Billie Holiday at 100
    Even now, as we approach next month's centennial of Billie Holiday's birth, the singer's story remains swathed in sensationalism. Junkie, prostitute, rape victim, prison inmate, bloodied lover – these are the terms that dominate her biography...

    It wasn't just trumpet playing that made Clark Terry great

    It wasn't just trumpet playing that made Clark Terry great
    The last time I talked to trumpeter Clark Terry, a few months ago, he was exultant about the critical acclaim being lavished on the documentary "Keep on Keepin' On," which poetically chronicled his biography and his mentoring of the blind young pianist...