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4:28 am
Sat August 24, 2013

What Albert Murray Taught Us About Jazz

Albert Murray in 1974.
Craig Herndon The Washington Post/Getty Images

An essayist, cultural theorist, novelist, educator and biographer who died on August 18 at 97, Albert Murray spent more than five decades developing his thesis that America is a culturally miscegenated nation. His contention was that blacks are part white, and vice versa: that both races, in spite of slavery and racism, have borrowed from and created each other. In all of his writing, jazz music — derived from the blues idiom of African-Americans — was the soundtrack at the center of his aesthetic conception.

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The Record
4:49 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Haven't I Heard This Song Before?

The hook in Vanilla Ice's song "Ice Ice Baby" was based on a passage from "Under Pressure" by David Bowie and Queen, but the rapper denied the similarity at first.
Time & Life Pictures Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 8:12 pm

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Newport Jazz Festival
4:08 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Joshua Redman Quartet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

The Joshua Redman Quartet performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

The sight of saxophonist Joshua Redman raising his foot at the apex of a gritty solo has become common to Newport Jazz crowds — and always entirely welcome too. His latest record, Walking Shadows, is a collection of ballads, but this program from the main stage isn't quite so calm. Here's how the set began.

Set List

  • "Summertime" (Gershwin/Gershwin/Heyward)
  • "Doll Is Mine" (Blonde Redhead)

Personnel

  • Joshua Redman, saxophones
  • Aaron Goldberg, piano
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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:45 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Kenny Barron On Piano Jazz

Kenny Barron.
John Sann Courtesy of the artist

Kenny Barron is one of the most highly regarded players of his generation. Playing professionally since he was 15, Barron has worked with some of the jazz world's best, including Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Henderson and Roy Haynes.

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Music
12:40 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Judging Music With Visual Cues

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 3:26 pm

Musical performances may not be a completely auditory experience, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Study author Chia-Jung Tsay discusses how visual cues can influence our judgments about music and other social settings.

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