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Artist Profiles - Saxophonist Gary Bartz

Gary Bartz is an alto and soprano saxophonist and clarinetist. He was born in September, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland. Bartz graduated from the Baltimore City College high school and The Juilliard School; his break into the music industry came when filling in with Art Blakey's band at his father's club in Baltimore. Bartz has played with Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, and Jackie McLean. His group, the Ntu Troop, combined soul, funk, African music, hard bop, and avant...

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Damien Chazelle's new movie, La La Land , is very different from his first one, Whiplash — which was about a jazz drummer and his abusive mentor. La La Land is also about struggle and jazz, but instead of dimly lit rooms and a grey color palette, it's a brightly colored modern musical.

"I wanted this move to be very unapologetic about being a musical," Chazelle tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "Just try to return to that simpler idea that I think really was at the core of the early ...

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDQ7MUWg92M You may know Donald Glover from his TV roles on 30 Rock and Community . Or maybe you know him as the creator and star of the hit FX show Atlanta . Or perhaps you know his music alter ego, Childish Gambino . Glover recently released the third Childish Gambino album, "Awaken, My Love!", and even if you know Glover's work, this album may come as a surprise. For his latest project, Glover transformed a house in the Hollywood Hills into a multi-purpose...

Thirty years ago, a new face debuted on daytime television: Oprah Winfrey. The new podcast, "Making Oprah," produced by member station WBEZ, chronicles Oprah's rise to stardom. Journalist Jenn White tells Oprah's story from her early days on her first talk show, AM Chicago , through to the biggest, most outrageous moments when 40 million people a week were watching her national show. It began with a station manager in Chicago, Dennis Swanson. He was the one who spotted something in the young...

'Harlem River Drive' Revisited With Eddie Palmieri

Dec 8, 2016

In 1971, pianist, composer and bandleader Eddie Palmieri put out a formative album called Harlem River Drive . Written in the heat of racial turbulence, its lyrics addressed the inequality Puerto Ricans faced in New York City. The album served as a form of protest, as well as commentary on social-justice issues for the people of El Barrio, East Harlem. Though the Latin funk classic didn't take off in the early '70s, it later became an underground classic. Its enduring songs remain relevant...

In 1938, Ella Fitzgerald sang her first big hit, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," for a national audience on CBS Radio. Now, a global audience has access to this performance again — thanks to the discovery and restoration of the Savory Collection, a legendary private trove of nearly 1,000 recordings that haven't been heard by the general public since the 1930s. The National Jazz Museum in Harlem acquired them in 2010, and today they're beginning to make their way to a new generation of jazz fans. It's...

2016 has been a time of great loss for music: Prince , David Bowie , Leonard Cohen and Sharon Jones all passed away this year, just to name a few. The jazz world was no exception. Christian McBride, host of Jazz Night In America , joined NPR's Audie Cornish to discuss the lives and legacies of three jazz giants who we lost in 2016 — Toots Thielemans , Victor Bailey and Bobby Hutcherson . All three musicians were known for unusual decisions that paid off. Thielemans was a jazz harmonica player...

The Obama administration is challenging a federal judge's decision last month to block the implementation of a new rule that would have made 4 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay. The Department of Labor and its co-defendants filed a notice of appeal at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Thursday, the same day that the rule was set to take effect before the temporary injunction was issued. "The Labor Department's sweeping overhaul to the overtime rule...

Oshun Afrique is getting her 35th tattoo. She has come to the Pinz-N-Needlez tattoo shop in Washington, D.C., where practically every inch of wall space is covered in artwork. While Afrique lounges on the sofa at the front of the small, quaint shop, owner Christopher Mensah sits at his desk and sketches her tattoo design. Afrique came to the store after seeing Mensah's work in her Facebook news feed. She and Mensah both agree that anyone looking to get tattooed should scour online portfolios...

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