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Artist Profiles - Bassist Stanley Clarke

Stanley Clarke is a jazz musician and composer known for his innovative and influential work on double bass and bass guitar as well as for his numerous film and television scores. He is best known for his work with the fusion band Return to Forever.

Clarke was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in June, 1951. He was introduced to the bass as a schoolboy. He is a graduate of Roxborough High School in Philadelphia. Having graduated from the Philadelphia Musical Academy. During the...

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James Baldwin is having a posthumous resurgence, but we are so in need of his words at this moment that it's hard to believe he hasn't still been writing every day since his death in 1987. In every genre Baldwin dabbled, from novels to political commentary to arts criticism, he found the core of our identity as a nation: a core that feeds off division and prejudice; that celebrates its own history while refusing to learn from it; and that was, and plainly remains, too painful for anyone other than him to talk about honestly.

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The centerpiece of the Black History Month programming on the cable channel BET is a miniseries called "Madiba." "Madiba" is a three-night special on the life of Nelson Mandela. It debuts tonight. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans has this review.

President Trump used the occasion of a meeting with African-American supporters to launch into another attack on the news media Wednesday. At a photo op at the top of his meeting for Black History Month, Trump said that "a lot of the media is actually the opposition party," echoing a statement made by his adviser, former Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen Bannon, a few days ago.

"They really have to straighten out their act," the president said, adding, "We won so maybe they don't have the influence they think."

It's become a January tradition for NPR to look ahead to some of the most anticipated jazz albums of the year. Bassist Christian McBride, who hosts NPR's Jazz Night In America, and jazz critic Nate Chinen of NPR Member station WBGO join NPR's Audie Cornish to preview three albums coming out in 2017.

Read some of McBride's and Chinen's thoughts below, and hear more of their discussion — including a reflection on the relationship between musicians and critics — at the audio link.

President Trump's executive order on immigration late Friday ignited nationwide protests — and a slew of legal challenges.

At least four federal judges across the country have blocked part of the order and temporarily ensured refugees and travelers who reached U.S. soil would not be deported.

Here's an explanation of what happened so far and what could come next.

Rio was good to Usain Bolt.

The record-setting sprinter left the 2016 Summer Games with more than just three Olympic golds in hand; he also had a place etched into history as the first athlete to complete a "triple-triple" — or victories in all three major sprint events in three consecutive Olympics.

It turns out Beijing, however, has not been so kind.

Serena Williams has advanced into the semifinals of the Australian Open after beating Johanna Konta of the U.K. Wednesday, and there are now three American women in the semifinals: Serena, her sister Venus Williams and Coco Vandeweghe.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with ESPN commentator Pam Shriver (@PHShriver) about the significance of so many Americans in the semis.

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When the nominees for the 2017 Academy Awards were announced this morning, La La Land racked up 14 nods, tying records held by Titanic and All About Eve.

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Jazzy 88.9 WCSU Salutes Black History Month

February is Black History Month and Jazzy 88.9 WCSU is paying tribute to African-Americans who have made a difference in the Miami Valley. Today we salute Wayman A.M.E Church .

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The loss of Al Jarreau stunned the jazz world. Bob Baldwin has packed in 2 hours of great collaborations with David Sanborn, Bob James and George Benson this Saturday at 8 PM & Sunday at 6 PM.

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