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  • Oliver Jones: A Canadian Jazz Legend Heads Home

    October 13, 2016

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    Oliver Jones. (Image Credit: Michael Slobodian/Michael Slobodian)

    Oliver Jones may be the most famous living jazz pianist you've never heard of. But in Canada, Jones is a hero — adored in his native Quebec and across the country for helping to build a vibrant jazz scene that can sustain the country's top musicians.

    A serious talent and a tireless advocate for Canadian jazz, Jones is a champion for local musicians — a folk hero of sorts. You can find his images on the sides of buildings and on his very own postage stamp. He's also a serious talent with charisma and charm that's been winning over fans for years.

    This week on Jazz Night In America, we'll introduce you to the 81-year-old ambassador for jazz — a former protege of another great Canadian pianist, Oscar Peterson. Here, Jones sits down with Peterson's daughter to discuss what jazz means to Canada and what Canada means to him.

    Jones celebrated his retirement this year with a special sold-out trio performance at the Montreal Jazz festival. Jazz Night was there to bid him farewell.

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  • Newark Stories: Bill Scully

    October 12, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    In honor of Newark, New Jersey​'s 350th Anniversary, we’re bringing you Newark Stories — voices from unheard Newarkers, from the Ironbound to Weequahic to University Heights.

    Here we celebrate one of the oldest Irish pubs still operating not only in Newark, but in New Jersey.

    McGovern’s Tavern began serving the people of the central ward in 1936.

    Bill Scully was a bartender there for decades. Now retired, he remains the face of the pub for many regulars.

    He recently sat down to talk about the early days, right after his arrival in the U.S. from Ireland when McGovern’s was the only place to be.

  • Newark Stories: Rayvon Lisbon

    October 10, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    In honor of Newark, New Jersey's 350th Anniversary, we’re bringing you Newark Stories — voices from unheard Newarkers, from the Ironbound to Weequahic to University Heights.

    Rayvon Lisbon was born in 1989. When he was just six years old, he was separated from his mother and grew up moving from one foster home to the next. As a teenager in South Ward, he doubted his chances of getting out of high school, and barely let himself dream of attending college.

    But in 2015, Rayvon graduated from Rutgers – Newark with a degree in Sociology.

  • Newark Stories: Charles Tally

    October 7, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    In honor of this Newark, New Jersey​'s 350th Anniversary, we’re bringing you Newark Stories — voices from unheard Newarkers, from the Ironbound to Weequahic to University Heights.

    Here we revisit the glory days at Weequahic High School​ in 1966 and 1967.

    That’s when the boys’s basketball team won two, back to back state championships. It was the first time in Newark school history and the memories are still fresh.

    68-year-old Charles Tally was on the team both those years.

  • Dance Like Animals In Wynton Marsalis' 'Spaces'

    October 6, 2016

    In Spaces, Wynton Marsalis' new dance suite for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, each movement corresponds to a different animal — a chicken, a lion, a frog and more.

    He enlisted tap dancer Jared Grimes and "jooker" (street dancer) Lil Buck to embody the animals in their performances. In this piece, Marsalis also describes his fascination with the animal kingdom, his process of writing, and the way he attempts to draw on the spaces that all creatures inhabit.

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