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Jeff Lorber Fusion’s Galaxy

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 6:38 pm (UTC+0)
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This new album is sort of a further evolution of the concept that this keyboardist-composer started with hit 2010 CD, ‘Now Is The Time’

Piano Great Chick Corea Continues World Tour

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 7:48 pm (UTC+0)
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The gifted piano wizard will release a DVD chronicling his six-month long tour, the longest and biggest tour of the year in jazz

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

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

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

Jazz Legend Nat King Cole and the Untamed Wild West

Posted June 17th, 2011 at 9:09 pm (UTC+0)
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Why banjo music reminds me of jazz icon Nat King Cole, the American Wild West, the majestic Rocky Mountains and the Marlboro Man?

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.

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

Memory Lane: Brubeck’s Take Five

Posted February 9th, 2011 at 8:23 pm (UTC+0)
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When I hosted Jazz Club USA, I was amazed to have so many requests from listeners in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt and Iraq to play ‘Take Five’ by the Dave Brubeck Quartet

Imagine in Jazz

Posted January 31st, 2011 at 8:14 pm (UTC+0)
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What I love about Imagine is that it is unique and features an amazing array of music superstars from every region of the planet, including India Arie, Jeff Beck, Pink, Seal, Omou Sangare and others

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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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