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Artist Profiles - Fourplay

Fourplay is a contemporary jazz quartet. The current members of the group are: (listed counterclockwise) Bob James (keyboards), Harvey Mason (drums) Chuck Loeb (guitars) and Nathan East (bass). In 1997, Lee Ritenour left the group and Fourplay chose Larry Carlton as his replacement. In 2010, Larry Carlton left Fourplay and was replaced by Chuck Loeb.

Grammy-nominated supergroup Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B and pop...

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If you haven't heard "Namesake," one of the many wildly joyous highlights of Tunde Olaniran's 2015 debut Transgressor, take a few minutes to listen before proceeding with... well, anything in your life. A boundlessly inventive ode to individuality, it sounds, appropriately enough, like nothing else.

Jason Heller is a Hugo Award-winning editor and author of the forthcoming book Strange Stars (Melville House). Twitter: @jason_m_heller

It was Aug. 28, 1955, when 14-year-old Emmett Till was wrenched from his bed by two armed white men in Money, Mississippi, tortured and killed. Sharing that bed with Till was his cousin Simeon Wright, then age 12, who bore witness to what would become a horrifying catalyst in the nascent civil rights movement.

Wright died Monday at his home in Countryside, Ill., at the age of 74. The cause was bone cancer, his wife told The Chicago Tribune.

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Steely Dan's Walter Becker Dies At 67

Sep 3, 2017

Walter Becker, co-founder of Steely Dan, died Sunday at the age of 67, according to his website.

Kendrick Scott opened his first set on Tuesday night, at the Jazz Standard in New York City, with a pensive new composition titled "Home." It had a bittersweet melody, a waft of dark harmony, and a beat defined both by chop and flow. "I'm just going to send this out as a meditation for everybody in Houston, Texas right now," said Scott, a drummer, as he introduced the tune.

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For writer Jesmyn Ward, Mississippi is a place she loves and hates all at once.

She grew up and still lives in the tiny town of DeLisle, Miss., close by the Gulf Coast, where, she writes, African-American families like hers are "pinioned beneath poverty and history and racism."

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It's impossible to overstate the importance of both Bébo Valdés and Chico O'Farrill to 20th century Afro-Cuban music and jazz.

Their rich and multi layered influence is evident in iconic compositions, big band arrangements written 60 years ago that still sound cutting edge, and piano playing that echo Cuban classical music and jazz pianist Bill Evans.

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Jazzy 88.9 WCSU's First Annual Gospel Fundraiser

Jazzy 88.9 WCSU will present its First Annual Gospel Fundraiser on October 29 at the Revival Center Ministries International in Dayton. Listen to Brother Ronald L. Murray Sundays for further details.

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