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JAM Honors Frank Sinatra, His Activism

Posted April 5th, 2012 at 3:56 pm (UTC+0)
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This April, Jazz Appreciation Month is honoring the legendary singer Frank Sinatra for his early bold stand for human rights in 1945.

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.

Lester Young’s Smooth Tone

Posted March 8th, 2012 at 8:48 pm (UTC+0)
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Many saxophonists have copied his improvisational smooth tone and relaxed lyrical style

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

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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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