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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.

Jon Metzger: Vibist, Composer, Educator and Jazz Ambassador

Posted April 27th, 2011 at 5:33 pm (UTC+0)
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Ask any Jon Metzger fan and they’ll tell you his music appeals to the heart. The majority of his compositions are relaxing

Jazz & Classical Mix with Dutch Saxophonist Aart van Bergen

Posted April 13th, 2011 at 5:21 pm (UTC+0)
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Mixing jazz with classical music is a tough job when it comes to improvisation. But Aart van Bergen and his Crescent Double Quartet are up to the challenge.

Jazz between Two Cultures, American and Turkish

Posted March 12th, 2011 at 12:00 am (UTC+0)

For him, it sounded like a dream, but young American-Turkish musician Emre Kartari was able to bridge two cultures with jazz fusion, and launch a jazz department at a Turkish university

Birdland in the Big Apple, New York

Posted March 3rd, 2011 at 8:11 pm (UTC+0)
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Anytime I hear the word “Birdland,” I get nostalgic about Midtown Manhattan’s nightlife, specifically the Birdland Jazz Club, where fabulous music was once performed by legends

Egypt, the Hieroglyphics Ensemble

Posted February 3rd, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC+0)

Jazz music, in particular, was forged by civil rights, social struggle and aspirations for a better and peaceful life. In Egypt, the social upheaval just started. It’s called ‘Revolt on the Nile’ or ‘The Lotus Revolution’


About Jazz Beat

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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