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Charlie Parker's Life Inspires New Opera

Few figures loom as large or cast as long a shadow as saxophonist Charlie Parker, best known as "Bird" (short for "Yardbird") to generations of musicians.

Wynton Marsalis Appointed Director of Jazz Studies at Julliard

A New Orleans native and Juilliard graduate, Wynton Marsalis was a student of legendary classical trumpeter (and New York Philharmonic principal) William Vacchiano (who also had been Miles Davis’s teacher at Juilliard).

2014 NEA Jazz Masters Announced

Recipients of America's highest award in jazz range from influential instrumentalists in the history of improvisation to an avant garde composer whose works defy categorisation.

Editor's Pick: World premiere of Terence Blanchard's 'Champion', an Opera in Jazz

This is trumpeter/composer Terrence Blanchard’s first opera and is inspired by the true story of prize fighter Emile Griffith – an immigrant from the Virgin Islands who claimed the title of World Welterweight Champion in a fatal 1962 fight.

Chick Corea Premiere to Mark 50th Anniversary of Jazz at MIT (1963 - 2013)

Corea is one of the major pioneers of fusion, and his far-ranging influence since the 1960s includes post-bop, Latin, free-form and avant-garde jazz, as well as classical.

Stanford Archive Streams Jazz 24/7

The archive streams 420 shows from the Riverwalk Jazz collection over two Internet-based radio channels.

Dave Brubeck: 1920 - 2012

Brubeck's 1959 album Time Out was a huge hit with mainstream publics everywhere, as were his commercially sucessful singles "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk."

Arturo Sandoval: Dear Diz

Bebop jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie mentored and opened doors for Arturo Sandoval when de defected from Cuba to the United States in 1990. Sandoval sends the lift back with his new release and world tour.

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25 MacArthur Fellows Win Genius Grants of $500,000 Each

The new Fellows work across a broad spectrum of endeavors and include a jazz saxophonist, a neurobiologist, a critical care physician, an urban farmer, an optical physicist, a sculptor, a geriatrician, a historian of medicine, and an inventor of musical instruments.

Abu Dhabi Coaxes Marsalis to Visit the Arab World

As part of the 2010 Abu Dhabi Festival, jazz icon Wynton Marsalis makes his debut in the Arab world among a stellar roster of performers.

Ahmet Ertegun Dies at 83

Under Ahmet Ertegun’s direction, Atlantic Records evolved from a groundbreaking, independent R&B and jazz label into one of the world’s preeminent music companies.
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