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Yellowjackets, A ‘Timeline’ of Great Music

Posted April 22nd, 2011 at 6:51 pm (UTC+0)

Yellowjackets: celebrating 30 years of achievements as one of the premiere jazz fusion/smooth jazz groups of our time

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.

It’s Jazz Appreciation Month Worldwide

Posted April 8th, 2011 at 2:43 pm (UTC+0)
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It’s April, when jazz music fills the air in Washington, D.C. This year’s 10th anniversary coincides with Latin jazz master Candido Camero’s 90th birthday

Elizabeth Taylor, The Shadow of Your Smile and Jack Sheldon’s Trumpet Solo

Posted April 1st, 2011 at 9:12 pm (UTC+0)

My heart melts every time I listen to The Shadow of Your Smile. Besides the lyrics, the utterly brilliant solo by Jazz trumpeter Jack Sheldon brings nostalgia of love

Music When You Want It: Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz

Posted March 24th, 2011 at 1:57 pm (UTC+0)

It was in 1959 when famed American Alto Saxophonist Ornette Coleman walked into a Los Angeles studio and pioneered a new form of Jazz

Using Music to Appeal for Help for Japan’s Quake & Tsunami Victims

Posted March 16th, 2011 at 10:23 pm (UTC+0)

Using jazz music for help: The name of the song, One Wish, is telling, and the simple message is: Japan needs your help

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

Herbie Hancock on Egypt Revolution & Mideast Democracy

Posted February 23rd, 2011 at 7:54 pm (UTC+0)
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Herbie Hancock’s backstage praises the 18-day Egyptian revolution for democracy, better life and end of corruption

Jazz, From Iran to Costa Rica

Posted February 18th, 2011 at 3:37 pm (UTC+0)

I listened to Heat of the Sun for the first time while reading “The Iranians: Persia, Islam and the Soul of a Nation” by American writer Sandra Mackey


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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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