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Deceptive Cadence
8:52 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Finding True Love: Helping Your Kid Choose The Right Instrument

Can you fall in love with the sound of a plastic recorder?
iStock

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:46 pm

Whether it's learning saxophone in school band, taking Saturday piano lessons, or participating in a top-flight youth orchestra, there are tens of millions of kids in the United States learning to play instruments. Way back in 2003, Gallup pollsters figured that at least 84 million Americans play an instrument — and at least a third of those players were then between the ages of 5 and 17.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:53 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

For Mezcal Jazz Unit, Collaboration is the Key

Mezcal Jazz Unit riding an elephant on one of their trips around the world.

Jazz has evolved into a genre of music that incorporates many distinctive styles since it began on the streets of New Orleans a hundred years ago. Often, the key to its evolution is cross-cultural cooperation.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, we'll hear from the leader of a French jazz group that has returned to Louisiana in pursuit of his persistent desire to collaborate.

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Music Interviews
4:04 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Ice-T Gives A Hip-Hop History Lesson In 'The Art Of Rap'

Ice-T (left) with Chuck D in a still from his documentary From Something to Nothing: The Art of Rap.
Courtesy of Indomina

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 2:18 pm

Ice-T, the rapper and actor, wants people to think about the craft of making rap music. He has directed and starred in a documentary called Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap that takes viewers from Harlem into the South Bronx, to Detroit and South Central Los Angeles. In the film, Ice-T talks to musicians like Doug E.

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World Café
6:49 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Sense Of Place: Ani DiFranco's Fresh Perspective On New Orleans

As part of the Roots of Music Program in New Orleans, kids have access to music education not provided in schools. Ani DiFranco sits on the Program's Board of Directors.
Bob Giardini

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 1:42 pm

This week, World Cafe invites listeners to discover the music of New Orleans with the series Sense of Place.

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The Record
10:17 am
Wed June 13, 2012

A Night Out In New Orleans' New Bohemia

Quintron (at left, in suit and shorts) conducts while Lady Tambourine plays at The Music Box on Saturday night.
Zack Smith

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:40 pm

I'm spending June in New Orleans, digging into the soft wet earth of American music. A week in, I feel like I've barely begun to explore. The minute I try to say what draws me to New Orleans music, I realize that the core of it is always changing. It's not just the variety, though I love that in the first few days here, I caught classic blues on Frenchmen Street, a wild bounce night downtown, my longtime favorite Susan Cowsill singing Dusty Springfield covers in the Garden District, and a brass band on the corner in the French Quarter.

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Goldman Thibodeaux Honored
8:08 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Musician Thibodeaux to be honored

LAFAYETTE — Musician Goldman Thibodeaux will be honored Sunday at the Vermilionville Living History Museum's Creole Culture Day celebration.

The accordion player and singer leads the band Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys.

The Advocate reports Creole Culture Day events are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include cooking and craft demonstrations, games, dance lessons and music.

Loyola University
10:41 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Loyola Alumni Association pays tribute to former voice instructor

Loyola University

The Loyola University Alumni Association will honor former voice and French diction teacher Mary Tortorich at a reunion celebration on Loyola’s main campus.

The celebration will begin at 1 p.m. on June 9 at Holy Name of Jesus Church, with a celebratory Mass featuring several of her former students singing in her honor. At 7 p.m. the celebration will continue in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, with a gala concert performed by some of her most accomplished singers.

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Obituaries
1:21 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Herb Reed, Last Of 'The Platters,' Dies

One of the early versions of The Platters (in 1955), with Herb Reed at far left.
Frank Driggs Collection Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 5:49 am

  • Two samples of The Platters

"Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of 1950s vocal group the Platters who sang on hits like 'Only You' and 'The Great Pretender,' " has died at a Boston area hospice, The Associated Press reports. He was 84 and had been in declining health, according to his manager, Fred Balboni.

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Ledet Homecoming
10:03 am
Mon June 4, 2012

More Than 3,000 at Josh Ledet Picnic, Concert

SULPHUR, La. — "American Idol" contestant Josh Ledet gave a free outdoor concert in Sulphur. At the Saturday show, Ledet sang gospel music and songs made famous by Whitney Houston and Beyonce, as well as "Idol" fan favorites "When A Man Loves a Woman" and "It's a Man's Man's Man's World." 

All Things New Orleans
7:00 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Landrieu's State of the City & Chamber Music in New Orleans

Mayor Landrieu outlines his administration's accomplishments and goals in his second State of the City address.
Tyler A. Gamble Office of Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

On this week's episode we'll hear from Mayor Mitch Landrieu about violent crime, Eve Abrams profiles mental health in the city, and a new music festival comes to New Orleans.

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