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Piano Jazz
6:04 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Stephane Grappelli On Piano Jazz

French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli.
Evening Standard Getty Images

Piano Jazz celebrates the centennial of the grandfather of the jazz violin: Stephane Grappelli. Born in Paris in 1908, Grappelli grew up very poor — his mother died when he was 4 and he spent time in orphanages and boarding schools (including one run by the famous dancer Isadora Duncan) when his father was called away to WWI. Father and son were reunited after the war.

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Mom And Dad's Record Collection
2:51 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

'American Pie' And The Box Of Records A Father Left Behind

Mel Fisher Ostrowski played Don McLean's American Pie until she "learned every word."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 6:18 pm

This summer, All Things Considered has asked listeners and guests to share a personal memory of one song discovered through their parents' record collection.

NPR listener Mel Fisher Ostrowski wrote in to tell us about how Don McLean's "American Pie" helped her "bridge a gap between my long-deceased father and baby boy." Hear the radio version at the audio link above — and read a lightly edited version of Ostrowski's original letter to NPR below.

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World Cafe
2:25 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Animal Collective On World Cafe

Animal Collective.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 12:35 pm

The members of the inventive, experimental rock band Animal Collective first met in school in Baltimore County, Md. After collaborating throughout high school and college, they released their debut album as a group, Here Comes the Indian, in 2003. More studio albums followed, including the 2009 breakout Merriweather Post Pavilion.

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A Blog Supreme
2:05 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: Sept. 7, 2012

Ornette Coleman, pictured here in 2006, was portrayed in a recently-restored 1986 documentary called Ornette: Made In America.
Robert Atanasovski AFP/Getty Images

Interviews, news and assorted information:

  • An old documentary of Ornette Coleman, c. 1986, has been restored. First link is to The New Yorker, this one to a New York Times review.
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Music Interviews
1:54 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Fresh Air Remembers Grammy Winner Hal David

Burt Bacharach with Hal David (right).
Lawrence Lucier Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 5:23 pm

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The Checkout: Live
1:27 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Dave Douglas Quintet: Live From 92Y Tribeca

John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 7:06 pm

Before she died last year, Dave Douglas' mother left her son with a list of hymns and folk songs to play at her memorial service, down to the specific verses. But even after the funeral, the songs lingered in Douglas' head; he kept toying with the arrangements in search of a more personal reflection. He found it by rebuilding his quintet with new musicians and welcoming a special guest: Aoife O'Donovan, a singer and guitarist best known for her work in folk and bluegrass bands.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:58 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Conductor Gives Tacet Approval

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:50 pm

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Mountain Stage
10:19 am
Fri September 7, 2012

The Chandler Travis Three-O On Mountain Stage

Chandler Travis on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The Chandler Travis Three-O makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage. Pigeonholed as "avant-jazz omnipop," Travis' music might be described more accurately as the missing link between The Kinks and Captain Beefheart. The group provides elements of acoustic folk, jazz, psychedelia and pure absurdity — it's worth mentioning that half of the "Three-O" (which, naturally, is a quartet) changed into brightly colored pajamas during its second song.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Fri September 7, 2012

A Clutch Of Cage, A Surprising Critical Shift And Rocky Times At American Orchestras

Composer John Cage, whose 100th birth anniversary was earlier this week.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:26 pm

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Music
6:34 am
Fri September 7, 2012

On the Next Galactic Travels 2012-09-13

Bill Fox WDS Productions

On the next Galactic Travels, I'll continue the month-long focus on Manikin

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