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  1. Jazz Night in America: Arranging a one-man band for 10.

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    When trumpeter and composer/arranger Steven Bernstein first met the virtuoso pianist Henry Butler, he says he was floored. "This is it," he recalls thinking. "This is like the music…

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    • Joyce DiDonato Takes A Stand At Stonewall

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      On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village. A riot broke out, sparking successive nights of protest and, many say, the emergence of the modern…

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      • 'What Is A Polyrhythm?' with Miguel Zenón

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        People in jazz circles often talk about complexity, and often as an accusation. That guy's music is too complex! It's too far removed from the blues! It sounds like math! Bah! If you…

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        • Jon Batiste Leads A Private Street Parade

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          Jon Batiste is from New Orleans, where a street parade might assemble around the corner on any given day. Evidently, he likes a good walkabout: He's liable to lead his band at a guerrilla concert…

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          • The Fastest Fingers At The Festival, For Django Reinhardt

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            Every year for the last decade and a half, select groups of hot swing musicians have come from Europe to tour the U.S. The exact lineups change, but they all feature masters of the "gypsy jazz"…

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            • Wild Beasts: A 'Beautiful Truth' In A Beautiful Bar

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              You can be 10 feet from The Campbell Apartment, a bar tucked into the corner of New York's Grand Central Station, and not have any idea it's there. The office of a member of the New York…

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              • Jesse Boykins III Breaks It Down

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                The day after playing a set at the Superdome during the Essence Music Festival this summer, eclectic R&B singer Jesse Boykins III wandered into Mardi Gras World — an expansive, airy warehouse…

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                • KING Makes A Record Lover's Paradise Even Better

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                  On a steamy morning upstairs in a record lover's paradise KING laid down a gorgeous version of one of the songs that lit up Twitter three years ago and put the trio on Prince's radar. Sisters…

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                  • Benjamin Booker: Newport Folk Gets The Summertime Blues

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                    It wouldn't be an overstatement to suggest that New Orleans singer-songwriter Benjamin Booker had a pretty good summer. Even before releasing his debut album last month, Booker's gravelly…

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                    • Ages And Ages, Singing An Anthem For (And With) Everyone

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                      I've seen many magical collaborations at the Newport Folk Festival over the years, as artists band together and create in the Newport spirit. This particular venture was epic, featuring the strongest…

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                      • Ledisi Steals The Show

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                        There's too much happening in New Orleans' French Quarter — especially on a holiday weekend, and especially when hundreds of thousands of people are in town for the annual Essence…

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                        • Chorale For Horns And iPad App, In The Pouring Rain

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                          We had hoped to get the great drummer Brian Blade to give us a little private exhibition after his set at the Newport Jazz Festival this year. The weather, however, was proving much less generous…

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