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  • Jazz-classical fusion a work in progress

    Jazz-classical fusion a work in progress
    Jazz people like to brag that their idiom is "America's classical music." But if you catch some of them in a certain mood, you'll find that they long to merge their art with what much of the Western world calls "classical music" — the idiom that gave you Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, etc. The reverse is also true — classical musicians who want to get down with the jazz folk, to learn their freewheeling ways or merely steal a few licks and vamps for their own purposes.
  • Wynton Marsalis swings for the fences

    Wynton Marsalis swings for the fences
    Wynton Marsalis is explaining jazz to me by talking about my boots. He is coming to Walt Disney Concert Hall this weekend to play his ambitious new composition, "Swing Symphony," with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. But before we get into musical details,...

    Violinist Sarah Chang lands in Southern California following Detroit drama

    It's sometimes easy to forget that the classical music world is dominated by labor unions that exert powerful control over much of the art form. Violinist Sarah Chang received a scary reminder of that fact over the weekend in Detroit....

    Monster Mash: 'Sister Act' finds its leading lady; MOCA Cleveland ready for new home

    Leading lady: Patina Miller, who originating the role of Deloris Van Cartier in the London production of "Sister Act," will reprise her lead performance when the musical opens on Broadway in the spring. (Playbill) New home: The Museum of Contemporary...

    Monster Mash: More protest in Smithsonian controversy; NFL stadium in downtown L.A.

    Protest: Canadian artist AA Bronson has asked for a work of his to be withdrawn from the exhibition "Hide/Seek" at the National Portrait Gallery in protest of the Smithsonian's recent decision to censor a video artwork. (Washington Post) Lines of...