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Ramsey Lewis, Taking Another Look

Posted October 1st, 2012 at 2:16 pm (UTC+0)
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Three-time Grammy winner and jazz legend is going to host a new television show about jazz music

Cindy Douglas’s My New Jive, and the Glamor of Jazz

Posted June 15th, 2012 at 6:35 pm (UTC+0)

Album showcases Cindy’s superb performance, her own unique and modern twist on swing and bebop classics

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

Iconic American pianist Ahmad Jamal

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 8:54 pm (UTC+0)

Best-known for his distinctive piano improvisations, Jamal still plays music with the same energy, elegance and sophistication at the age of 82

Blue Notes in Black and White: Photography and Jazz

Posted December 1st, 2011 at 7:10 pm (UTC+0)

Rare accounts and photos of African-American jazz legends, with some pictures showing how moments of social tension and race in America impinged on the jazz image

Ella Fitzgerald, 10th Anniversary of America’s First Lady of Songs

Posted July 31st, 2011 at 3:21 pm (UTC+0)

Fitzgerald had a sweet, powerful three-octave voice and perfect diction, making her the best candidate to record the splendid series of Songbook albums

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.

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

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

A Night in Tunisia

Posted January 25th, 2011 at 4:57 pm (UTC+0)
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“A Night in Tunisia” with its trademark blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and oriental flow was considered inspirational by many, and became one of the signature pieces of his “be-bop” jazz revolution in 1940s.


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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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