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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.

Grover Washington Jr.’s Just the Two of Us

Posted March 27th, 2012 at 1:44 pm (UTC+0)
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Many of Grover’s albums successfully proved that he was a new force in jazz, soul and R&B

Tony Williams, Drummer Extraordinaire with China Connection

Posted March 15th, 2012 at 6:56 pm (UTC+0)
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The innovative drummer known for control of sticks and use of polyrhythms and metric modulation in jazz

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

Keiko Matsui’s Rose in Morocco

Posted March 4th, 2012 at 3:43 pm (UTC+0)
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sensation Matsui’s blend of eastern flair music and American jazz is introspective and soothing

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

Karen Briggs, the Queen of Violin

Posted February 10th, 2012 at 1:14 am (UTC+0)
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From Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, to the Acropolis in Greece, to the Taj Mahal in India: Karen Briggs proved to be one of the best solo jazz violinists in the world

Iconic American pianist Ahmad Jamal

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 8:54 pm (UTC+0)
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Best-known for his distinctive piano improvisations, Jamal still plays music with the same energy, elegance and sophistication at the age of 82

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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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