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Honoring Miles Davis and Edith Piaf

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 6:57 pm (UTC+0)
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U.S. postal service and its French counterpart, La Poste, release commemorative stamps honoring the two music legends

Acclaimed Trumpeter Randy Brecker

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 7:48 pm (UTC+0)
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A trumpeter known for his versatility in musical tastes

Chris Botti’s Impressions

Posted May 11th, 2012 at 3:32 pm (UTC+0)
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Expressing love for romantic melodies from around the world

Whitney Houston Smooth Jazz Tribute

Posted February 23rd, 2012 at 8:59 pm (UTC+0)
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One of the great female vocalists of our time falls silent

Tim Hagans, The Moon is Waiting

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 8:33 pm (UTC+0)
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Hard bop trumpeter will be awarded an honorary doctorate of music from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki

Blue Notes in Black and White: Photography and Jazz

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC+0)
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Rare accounts and photos of African-American jazz legends, with some pictures showing how moments of social tension and race in America impinged on the jazz image

Wynton Marsalis, America’s Best Jazz Ambassador

Posted July 4th, 2011 at 1:29 pm (UTC+0)
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Some critics describe 49-year old Marsalis as “a living legend,” Others say he’s “America’s best jazz ambassador now”

Miles Davis, Cool Jazz, Nefertiti & Pharaoh’s Dance

Posted May 7th, 2011 at 4:29 pm (UTC+0)
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Trumpeter and composer Miles Davis, the music explorer who revolutionized jazz, is even known by people who never heard his music.

Elizabeth Taylor, The Shadow of Your Smile and Jack Sheldon’s Trumpet Solo

Posted April 1st, 2011 at 9:12 pm (UTC+0)
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My heart melts every time I listen to The Shadow of Your Smile. Besides the lyrics, the utterly brilliant solo by Jazz trumpeter Jack Sheldon brings nostalgia of love

A Night in Tunisia

Posted January 25th, 2011 at 4:57 pm (UTC+0)
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“A Night in Tunisia” with its trademark blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and oriental flow was considered inspirational by many, and became one of the signature pieces of his “be-bop” jazz revolution in 1940s.

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Diaa BekheetCairo native Diaa Bekheet has worked for a host of media outlets, including Radio Cairo in English, ETV News, Deutsche Presse-Agentur and the Associated Press. He joined VOA in Feb. 1989, hosting a variety of popular news and entertainment shows for the former Arabic Service such as Radio Ride Across America, Business Week, and Jazz Club USA. He has interviewed a number of Jazz celebrities, including the legendary Dizzy Gillespie. Diaa is currently an editor for our main English site, VOAnews.com.

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