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Ravi Coltrane On Piano Jazz

Ravi Coltrane On Piano Jazz

As the son of jazz legends John and Alice Coltrane, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is continuing his family's legacy by developing his own sound and fe...

Thanksgiving, Frozen: A 6-Day Guide To What To Cook Ahead, And When

Thanksgiving, Frozen: A 6-Day Guide To What To Cook Ahead, And When

by Alison Bruzek The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun. And for those of us who already feel short on time during a regular week, the pressur...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring Stanley Clarke performing Flying Home only on McQsJazz.com....

A Jazz Institution Moves Back Home To Los Angeles

A Jazz Institution Moves Back Home To Los Angeles

by Alex W. Rodriguez Last weekend, at a sold-out, star-studded gala concert in Hollywood, Pharrell Williams and Herbie Hancock remixed Williams...

Johnny O'Neal: Live at Mezzrow

Johnny O’Neal: Live at Mezzrow

by PATRICK JARENWATTANANON Pianist and singer Johnny O'Neal never learned to read music, but didn't really need to: He was one of Art Blakey's ...

Tennyson, 'Lay-by'

Tennyson, ‘Lay-by’

by Otis Hart If you're over 16, you'll likely recognize the opening bars to "Lay-by" immediately. The chances are significantly slimmer that yo...

Benny Green On Piano Jazz

Benny Green On Piano Jazz

  Hard bop pianist Benny Green was mentored by Walter Bishop Jr. and has appeared on more than 100 recordings, with artists such as Betty ...

When The Lights Go Down, Who Will Hear 'The Last Transmission'?

When The Lights Go Down, Who Will Hear ‘The Last Transmission’?

by NPR Staff A lot of popular musicians in the 1960s and '70s showed a passionate interest in getting extremely high — higher than any human ...

Living Just Enough For The Music

Living Just Enough For The Music

by Jason King For the past week two durable R&B icons have been chasing each other around the arenas of the Northeast. Tonight Stevie Wonde...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring Herbie Hancock, Greg Phillinganes, Kristina Train and India.Arie performing Imagine only on McQsJazz.com...

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Reviving 'Allegro': Even Rodgers And Hammerstein Had Flops

Reviving ‘Allegro': Even Rodgers And Hammerstein Had Flops

by Jeff Lunden Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II may have been one of the most successful writing teams in Broadway history — think of Oklahoma! and The Sound of Music, just to name a couple of their hits. In 1947, they w...

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These Tales Of Transformation Are Both 'Rich And Strange'

These Tales Of Transformation Are Both ‘Rich And Strange’

by Alan Cheuse Ron Rash is a Southern-born novelist and short story writer with a reputation on the rise; you might know him as the author of the novel Serena (a PEN/Faulkner fiction prize nominee a few years back), which is about to bec...

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Food

Marshmallows On Sweet Potatoes? Thanksgiving's Traditions Exposed

Marshmallows On Sweet Potatoes? Thanksgiving’s Traditions Exposed

by NPR Staff Thanksgiving traditions can be a bit inscrutable for people who didn't grow up in the U.S., like NPR producer Olly Dearden. Disgusted by the thought of sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows and confused by the pardonin...

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Film

Who Will Get The Biopic Treatment Next?

Who Will Get The Biopic Treatment Next?

by Gene Demby Movie award season is upon us once again, which means that it's peak biopic season. You know what I mean — those big, sweeping epics about the life of a Very Important Person portrayed by a Very Serious Actor. The...

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Arts

In 'The Homesman,' Wind Is The Sound Of Insanity

In ‘The Homesman,’ Wind Is The Sound Of Insanity

by Tim Greiving The new film The Homesman is set in the pioneer days of the American West. It was directed by Tommy Lee Jones, who called on his regular composers, Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders, for the music. But instead of writin...

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Rumors Of Boko Haram Attack Send Nigerian Refugees Fleeing Again

by Ofeibea Quist-Arcton As Nigeria's military continues to battle Boko Haram fighters for control of towns and territory in the turbulent northeast, fearful residents are leaving — or being driven out of town. More than 200 schoolg ...

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Lost — Then Found — Along The Border, Objects Become Art

by NPR Staff Depictions of the U.S.-Mexico border often show a fence, and desolation on either side. But the nearly 2,000-mile stretch of land is far from empty — among other things, it holds lost possessions. Photographer Ri ...

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Ferguson Braces For Grand Jury Decision

by Cheryl Corley It's not certain that a grand jury decision in a Ferguson, Mo., case will be announced this weekend, but officials, protesters and city leaders have been preparing. The grand jury, which will decide whether a whit ...

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Women Sweat The Test To Show Marines They’re Combat-Ready

by Jeff Tiberii Sgt. Kristy Rodriguez is sprinting on a treadmill. She's wearing dark green shorts, a matching T-shirt, and white sneakers. The pace keeps getting faster. Rodriguez is at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, taking part ...

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What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

by Katherine Harmon Courage The invisible world of the bathroom isn't pretty — unless you're a microbe. After scanning the microbial zoo of four public restrooms recently, a team of researchers found a diverse swarm of characters t ...

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After Backlash, Computer Engineer Barbie Gets New Set Of Skills

by NPR Staff Women in the technology field have faced all manner of insults, including, most recently, GamerGate, which highlighted sexism and harassment in video game culture. This week, another insult — from a seemingly more benign s ...

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Tiny Texas Town Sees School’s Record-Setting Football Season End

by Bill Chappell A football dream ended in Texas last night, as the little town of Booker saw its high school team lose for the first time this year, eliminating them from the state playoffs. But Booker High School has plenty to celebrat ...

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Terrible Video Game, Great Fundraiser: Meet Desert Bus For Hope

by Ted Robbins What would you give to watch someone else play what's arguably the world's worst video game — for nearly a week? It turns out, people have given millions, as part of a fundraiser called Desert Bus for Hope. Des ...

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Musicians’ Brains Really Do Work Differently — In A Good Way

by Anastasia Tsioulcas "Did you know that every time musicians pick up their instruments, there are fireworks going off all over their brain?" That's the launching point for a fantastic little video made by educator Anita Collins ...

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To Stay Energy Efficient As You Age, Keep On Running

by Katherine Hobson Walking is a simple thing that becomes really, really important as we age. Being able to get around on our feet for extended periods of time not only makes everyday life easier, it's linked to fewer hospitalizatio ...

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