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Ramsey Lewis, Taking Another Look

Posted October 1st, 2012 at 2:16 pm (UTC+0)
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Three-time Grammy winner and jazz legend is going to host a new television show about jazz music

Abdullah Ibrahim, ‘King of Jazz’ in South Africa

Posted May 26th, 2012 at 1:20 am (UTC+0)
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He was inspired by Duke Ellington, and when Nelson Mandela heard his music in prison, he said ‘liberation is near’

Jazz in Pop: John Pizzarelli’s Double Exposure

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 3:50 pm (UTC+0)
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A flamboyant guitarist proving the idea that jazz and pop can co-exist.

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

Ella Fitzgerald, 10th Anniversary of America’s First Lady of Songs

Posted July 31st, 2011 at 3:21 pm (UTC+0)
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Fitzgerald had a sweet, powerful three-octave voice and perfect diction, making her the best candidate to record the splendid series of Songbook albums

Legendary Omar Hakim: From Miles Davis to David Bowie, Madonna & Sting to Trio of OZ

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 1:31 am (UTC+0)
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Grammy-nominated Omar Hakim is one of America’s top hi-tech drummers, and probably the only person who can say he played drums for Miles Davis, Madonna, Sting, David Bowie and the Nomads

Elegant Pianist Amina Figarova: From Baku to Amsterdam to New York

Posted May 12th, 2011 at 4:02 pm (UTC+0)
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She was only two when she began to play piano in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan. Internationally Acclaimed pianist Amina Figarova grew up listening to ‘lots and lots of music’ on Voice of America radio.

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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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