How do you distill the spirit of the Monterey Jazz Festival into a single band? Considering the ethos of the annual event, the band was designed to be a celebration of diverse international talent, forward-thinking sensibilities and just plain killin' performances. For artistic director Tim Jackson, that was the task at hand in 2018, marking the festival's 60th anniversary.

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Philip Bailey, co-founder of the genre-spanning band Earth, Wind & Fire, continues to explore new musical avenues in his latest solo project, Love Will Find a Way

Todd Cooper

The title of Kendrick Scott’s new Blue Note album, A Wall Becomes A Bridge, suggests a provocative response to current events. But Scott — a generational talent on drums, and an acclaimed composer — says he had something a bit more personal in mind.

In this episode of The Checkout, he speaks candidly about the struggle he experiences when creating original work — in particular, the voices of self-doubt in his head.

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A new national poll from Monmouth University shows one in three Americans rank abortion as a top issue in deciding how they’ll vote in the 2020 election.  

Poll Director Patrick Murray says 44 percent of democrats are more likely to prioritize it compared to smaller numbers of Republicans and Independents.

Newark City Hall
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Some area mayors joined with city officials, state representatives and other on the steps of Newark City Hall Monday, denouncing The Trump Administration’s plans to conduct pre-dawn ICE raids. Those raids were scheduled to happen Sunday but were postponed for a couple of weeks.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka says they reject President Trump’s attack on undocumented families across the United States.  He calls the raids outrageous. 

Frankie & Johnny
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Two highly acclaimed actors get together on Broadway. Audra McDonald plays "Frankie". Michael Shannon plays "Johnny". They’re falling in love — or something like love in the revival of a modern classic. Theater critic Michael Bourne reviews the revival of Terrence McNally's Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune.

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Jazz Power Initiative is celebrating 15 years of achievement in uptown Manhattan and nationally with its jazz performance, education and professional development programs.

Three generations of jazz educators came into the WBGO studious to talk about the anniversary.

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