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Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, One of the Jazz Fusion Fathers

Posted November 21st, 2011 at 8:22 pm (UTC+0)
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The circumstances that introduced me to Jean-Luc Pony were a bit strange, the day after the U.S. bombed targets in Tripoli and Benghazi, Libya in 1986.

Ron Carter, a Prolific, Smart and Funky Jazz Artist

Posted October 27th, 2011 at 7:22 pm (UTC+0)

He is the world’s most prolific jazz bassist with more than 2,000 recordings under his belt

Jessy J, Blends Jazz, Latin, Samba & Immigration Politics

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 10:06 pm (UTC+0)

Saxophonist talks about her new album, international tour and recent performance in Dubai, UAE

Fathy Salama, Fusing Jazz, Folk and Traditional Music on the Nile

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 10:49 pm (UTC+0)
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His mix of jazz, traditional Arabic and roots music is known for bridging the cultural gap

Jazz, Pop & World Music, Radio Mundial Album Debuts

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 10:44 pm (UTC+0)

Radio Mundial: Music inspired by places from the Sahara desert in North Africa to the Maya temples in the Guatamalan jungle; from Japanese anime to Hindustani classical music

Pat Metheny, a Vibrant, Versatile and Prolific Guitarist: Interview

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 12:29 am (UTC+0)

If you would like to walk down music memory lane, then I suggest you listen to Path Metheny’s new Album: What’s It All About. It will provoke emotional response

Renowned Pianist Makoto Kuriya Focuses on Maintaining Japan’s Jazz Identity

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 8:01 pm (UTC+0)

Makoto Kuriya talks with Jazz Beat about his experience with American jazz, how he felt as a Japanese playing American jazz in Europe, and his experience at Cairo Jazz Festival and the Nile cruise Karaoke

Boney James, One of America’s Top Saxophonists, Playing ‘Better’ After a Car Crash

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 5:53 pm (UTC+0)
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Grammy-nominated saxophonist Boney James makes a full and strong comeback after a car crash that prevented him from performing for several months

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)

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,


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