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Musical Brain Boost

Posted January 10th, 2013 at 6:18 pm (UTC+0)
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By Eric Felten A new study published in Frontiers in Psychology has found that children who take up a musical instrument develop better language skills. Which raises the question: Why does music build cognitive power? The researchers have a theory: “Playing music requires continued monitoring of meaningful chunks of information… these chunks entail clusters of […]

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Jazz Pianist Hiromi’s Move & Voice

Posted December 31st, 2012 at 8:37 pm (UTC+0)
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A mesmerizing instrumentalist in her own right, she combines many styles that include a mix of contemporary, jazz fusion, post-bop, and a little bit of classical music

2012 Roots Roundup…

Posted December 28th, 2012 at 4:17 pm (UTC+0)
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By Katherine Cole This was a great year for fans of American roots music—so many fabulous releases from bands and solo artists new and old. Alabama Shakes is one of those new bands. 18 months ago, they were having a hard time selling out 500 seat clubs.   Now, they’ve got three Grammy nominations and […]

The Most Musical Time of the Year

Posted December 18th, 2012 at 1:19 pm (UTC+0)
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by Doug Levine It’s holiday time and that means music is in the air, everywhere.  There’s holiday music on the radio and television, in concerts, supermarkets, restaurants, department stores, floating from invisible speakers at malls, on front lawns, and even in the waiting room at my dentist’s office. Walking into a convenience store last week […]

Two Rivers Mixing Jazz with Traditional Arabic Music

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 2:48 am (UTC+0)
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Iraqi-American trumpeter and composer Amir ElSaffar uses Arab music’s maqam modal system to transform the jazz idiom

Singer and Songwriter Kat Edmonson

Posted November 8th, 2012 at 6:52 pm (UTC+0)
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The unique musician has been writing songs since she was nine years old

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Musicians and politics—

Posted November 6th, 2012 at 7:13 pm (UTC+0)

By Katherine Cole In the aftermath of the LOOOONG US election campaign season, I wonder if celebrity endorsements make a difference in presidential elections. There certainly have been a lot of them this year, for both candidates. Actors, comedians, athletes, talk show hosts, super models. And there’ve certainly been a fare share of musicians joining […]

Legendary Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck

Posted October 24th, 2012 at 5:27 pm (UTC+0)

A 19-CD box set has been released, covering all of the studio recordings of the classic Brubeck Quartet

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Jonathan Kreisberg’s One, Exclusive Music

Posted October 15th, 2012 at 3:03 pm (UTC+0)
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Acclaimed Kreisberg releases his first solo album next month on vinyl, and in late Dec on CD

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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

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