A Blog Supreme
4:12 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

A Brief History Of Jazz Education, Pt. 1

Bassist Percy Heath demonstrates a technique to a student at the summer jazz workshop in Lenox, Mass. in 1959.
Alfred Eisenstaedt Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 12:21 pm

One year ago, when I began graduate study in ethnomusicology at UCLA, I found myself undergoing what has become a familiar ritual. As I played my trombone in a near-empty classroom accompanied by a play-a-long recording, it occurred to me that I was in the midst of my sixth college big band audition. A professor — in this special case, guitar legend Kenny Burrell — led the proceedings. When he engulfed my hand in his massive grip, I learned that I was in.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:11 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Exercise Your 'Rite' To Vote

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 10:56 am

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.

Classical Music
2:23 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

French maestro Philippe Entremont joins Loyola orchestra for powerhouse performance

Philippe Entremont.
Loyola University

Philippe Entremont, internationally renowned pianist and conductor, is well-known throughout New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region for his exceptional career and his time spent as music director of the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra from 1980 to 1986.

On Friday, Dec. 7, the maestro returns to New Orleans to perform the “Triple Concerto,” one of Beethoven’s most celebrated compositions, at Loyola University.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Allen Toussaint: The Great Collaborator

Allen Toussaint
Fantail Media Flickr

Allen Toussaint — the  New Orleans producer, arranger and songwriter — has given entertainers around the world something to sing about for a half-century.

The list of collaborations is impressive: R&B, funk, jazz, rock and country. And all those hours in the studio, with so many types of artists, has given Toussaint some insight into the creative process.

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Inside the Arts
10:40 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Jazz Pianist Ronnie Kole To Be Inducted Into Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame

Ronnie Kole

We go Inside the Arts for conversation with world-renowned jazz pianist Ronnie Kole, who will be inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame on Sunday.

The City of Slidell and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame are coming together for Celebrate the Legend:Ronnie Kole — a New Orleans-style brunch, with live entertainment by Kole and special guests on November 4, at Slidell Municipal Auditorium from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

More information is available at

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Arts & Culture
5:58 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Solid Harmony Reigns When Topsy Chapman and Her Daughters Sing

Topsy Chapman

An interview with singer Topsy Chapman.

Topsy Chapman is one of New Orleans' finest singers, adept at gospel, blues, rhythm and blues and jazz.  Her trio Solid Harmony — with daughters Yolanda Windsay and Jolynda Phillips — is one of the best, most soulful vocal harmony groups working today. It all started for Topsy Chapman on a farm in Kentwood, Louisiana — a farm where gospel music was raised right along with the cotton. WWNO's Fred Kasten picks up the story...

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Sat October 27, 2012

At 93, Pete Seeger Keeps The Fire Burning Low

Pete Seeger released two albums this year: Pete Remembers Woody (a Woody Guthrie tribute) and A More Perfect Union, a collaboration with guitarist Lorre Wyatt.
David Bernz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 1:13 pm

As he often does when the weather's decent, Pete Seeger recently played a free show outdoors in Beacon, N.Y. A few dozen people packed around the stage that held Seeger, his ever-present banjo and a small band; a group of kids in red T-shirts clustered down in front, singing along. The emcee for the afternoon was Susan Wright, the music teacher at Beacon Elementary School, where Seeger visits regularly.

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Your Letters
2:14 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Your Letters: Music Inside Out With Reggie Scanlan

Excellent show –  a great musical memory lane trip during lunch!

— Vicki Kihnemann

7:00 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Carlos Miguel Prieto: An Evening with Yo-Yo Ma

Carlos Miguel Prieto
John McCusker New Orleans Times-Picayune

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto talks with Farrar Hudkins about Yo-Yo Ma, Elgar, Respighi, and Steve Reich.

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:09 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Laughing It Up With Don Vappie

Don Vappie.

This is an unofficial test from the staff of Music Inside Out. Remember, this is ONLY a test:

Question: Who's funnier? 

A. Bruce Springsteen
B. Bob Dylan
C. Laurel and Hardy
D. Don Vappie
E. I hate tests.

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