April 16, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
UPDATE TO THE FOLLOWING POST:
AARON DIEHL IS THE 2011 COLE PORTER FELLOW. YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT HIS TRIUMPH ON NPR'S A BLOG SUPREME, HERE.
Greetings from Indianapolis! I am here for the American Pianists Association finals. All five finalists are 24 or younger, and they are Emmet Cohen (grew up in Montclair), Aaron Diehl, Zach Lapidus, Jeremy Siskind and Glenn Zaleski. Tonight at the last event in the competition, Dee Dee Bridgewater sings a duet with each. I watched the rehearsal yesterday -- concentrated and fascinating.
Last night at The Jazz Kitchen here, the competitors played 20 minutes apiece with the fine Indy bassist and drummer Frank Smith and Kenny Phelps. Then the house turned over and the program began again, with different music. The talent, training, individuality, originality and commitment to jazz of every performer engaged my complete attention.
And I realized: those judges have a hard row to hoe! They are Geri Allen, Nate Chinen, Danilo Perez, Al Pryor (former WBGO Program Director), and John Taylor. Tonight at the Athenaeum, after performing with DD, each finalist plays one new arrangement with the Brent Wallarab Orchestra. Then Dan Tepfer, the 2007 Cole Porter Fellow, performs while the judges tally their ratings. The winner is named. After a two-year process, the new Cole Porter Fellow crosses the finish line.
Tonight's show is a live videocast at 7:30 at http://www.americanpianists.org/media/live .. a live broadcast on wfyi.org .. I'll blog the winner and we'll have highlights on a future JazzSet! Or maybe two JazzSets. The material is great.
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April 14, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.
This is the second post in a new biweekly blog feature, You Don't Know Jazz! With Dr. Lewis Porter.
(PLEASE NOTE: If the reader uses any of the material from this series, no matter how brief, this article and its web address must be cited as the source. Thank you for respecting the intellectual property of Dr. Porter.)
Where did your favorite four-letter-word "Jazz" come from? Not where you think!
When it comes to the origin of the word “jazz,” it seems that each person simply believes what she or he wants to. Some people would like the word to come from Africa, so they firmly believe the stories that support that. Others want it to be an African American word, so they look for that. But professional linguists have been on the case for decades, and the real story is a lot less black and white.
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