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The meteoric rise of James Francies is no surprise to anyone embedded in New York’s thriving jazz scene. 


Besides celebrating his auspicious debut, Flight, on Blue Note Records, this multi-pronged pianist keeps an ambitious touring schedule with guitarist Pat Metheny and others. On this edition of My Music, Francies — a Houston native at ease in many settings, from jazz to electronic music to hip-hop — tells his story. 

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Saxophonist Godwin Louis is a Berklee alumnus, Class of '08. He returned to his alma mater to perform compositions from his new album, Global. The album is inspired from his research in West Africa, New Orleans, and Haiti, where his parents are from.


Catherine Russell is one of the most Herculean singers I know. She sings all across the musical spectrum, but she's especially full of blues and swing. 

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On this month's Newark Today we'll be talking about the city's efforts to become a trauma informed city by 2020. The discussion comes on the heels of NJTV News' five part series Trauma's Tragedy and Treatment, by host Michael Hill. We'll be joined by Keri Logosso-Misurell, Executive Director of the Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition and Healthy Greater Newark ACO, Keesha Eure with The Newark Anti-Violence Coalition, and Barbara Neal Chief Program Officer South Ward Children's Alliance.

New Jersey will bet up to $100 million on the state’s horse racing industry over the next five years, thanks to a law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday.

“New Jersey’s horse racing industry is a key economic engine, supporting thousands of jobs and attracting tourists and fans from around the world,” Murphy said in a statement.

“With this funding, New Jersey can continue to offer one of the most exciting horse racing experiences in the nation, while also providing a boost to an industry that is integral to our economy,” he added.

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To Kill a Mockingbird, Aaron Sorkin's play from the Harper Lee novel and movie, is on Broadway.

Click above to hear Michael Bourne's review.

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More than 50 years after its Broadway debut, Fiddler on the Roof remains one of the most widely performed musicals in the United States.

A new version performed entirely in Yiddish was a surprise hit over the summer in Manhattan and now it’s been moved to the largest off-Broadway theater in the city.

Click abover to hear Jon Kalish's report.

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