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3:53 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Eighty Years Of Master Educator Ellis Marsalis

Ellis Marsalis performs at the NBA All-Star Game in 2008 in New Orleans.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 1:45 pm

If anyone has earned the nickname Pops, it's Ellis Marsalis.

As jazz's best-known father figure, the senior Marsalis has four noted musical offspring: Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. But if you consider all the musicians he's taught or mentored, his clan is even more extensive, diverse and influential.

I talked to six musicians who gave us the long view of the Marsalis family tree, and how they were schooled by its patriarch.

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Culture
5:31 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer'

Herbie Hancock's new memoir is titled Possibilities.
Jessica Hancock Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 9:26 am

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Culture
4:06 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Heir To A Jazz Legacy, A Trumpeter Finds His Own Way

Theo Croker's new album, AfroPhysicist, comes out May 20.
Thomas Brodin Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 9:20 am

Jazz composer and trumpeter Theo Croker opens his new album, AfroPhysicist, with an ode to his grandfather: New Orleans jazz great Doc Cheatham. The thing is, Croker didn't grow up in New Orleans or any other jazz hub. He's from Jacksonville, Fla., and he was just a child when his grandfather died in 1997. It wasn't until his grandfather's memorial services — attended by jazz legends — that he decided to join the legacy.

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Culture
12:14 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

Sax Great Jimmy Heath 'Walked With Giants,' And He's Still Here

Jimmy Heath and friends at a session at New York's WOR Studios in 1953. Left to right: Miles Davis, Kenny Drew, Art Blakey, Jimmy Heath.
Temple University Press / Jimmy Heath collection

Originally published on Sat January 11, 2014 10:31 am

In the room he uses as a practice space and office in his apartment in Corona, Queens, Jimmy Heath recalls a hit record from long ago.

"It's a song Bill Farrell, a popular singer, had years ago," he says, and then sings: "You've changed, you're not the angel I once knew / No need to tell me that we're through / It's all over now, you've changed." Then the 5'3" musician with the big sound picks up his tenor saxophone and blows.

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Culture
9:50 am
Thu January 9, 2014

The Drummer Who Invented Jazz's Basic Beat

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 9:25 am

It doesn't take an expert to identify this sound as a jazz rhythm:

Musicians call it "spang-a-lang," for obvious phonetic reasons, and it's so synonymous with jazz, it no longer occurs to us that someone had to invent it. But someone did: a drummer named Kenny Clarke, who would have turned 100 today.

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Culture
6:35 am
Thu December 19, 2013

From Duke's 'Nutcracker' To A Cynical Carol, Jazz For Christmas

Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn collaborated to release The Nutcracker Suite in 1960.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 8:35 am

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Culture
4:40 pm
Sat October 19, 2013

Wynton Marsalis Goes Back To Church For 'Abyssinian Mass'

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis performs his Abyssinian Mass in 2008.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 9:01 am

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The Jim Engster Show
10:10 am
Mon March 4, 2013

TUESDAY: LDOR's Tim Barfield, Jazz Trumpeter Wayne Bergeron

A visit with Louisiana Department Of Revenue head Timothy Barfield, to talk about Governor Jindal's proposed tax reform plan.

Jazz trumpter Wayne Bergeron, who'll perform tonight at the LSU Union Theatre

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The Jim Engster Show
10:56 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Walter Stahr, Smiley Anders, Zia Tammami, Van Mayhall

Jim talks with author and historian Walter Stahr about his book, "Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man", about William Henry Seward, Lincoln's Secretary of State.

A visit with Advocate columnist Smiley Anders on his 75th birthday.

Jazz radio show host and jazz aficianado Zia "the Cat" Tammami discuss tonight's performance by Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers, tonight at the Manship Theatre.

Local attorney and author Van Mayhall talks about his new novel, "Judas, the Apostle", a fictional work about Judas Iscariot.