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Drummer Andrew Cyrille and vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant are among the 2020 Doris Duke Artists, joining six other artists from the fields of theater and contemporary dance. The prestigious award comes with a prize of $275,000.

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At one point in the process of compiling WBGO’s 2020 Fall Preview, I realized that a handful of this season’s most anticipated albums amount to More of the Same — and that this wasn’t cause for disappointment, but rather a source of delight.

Stanley Crouch, the lauded and fiery jazz critic, has died. According to an announcement by his wife, Gloria Nixon-Crouch, Stanley Crouch died at the Calvary Hospital in New York on Wednesday, following nearly a decade of serious health issues.

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DD:  The Toronto International Film Festival has been the gateway for serious filmgoing since at least American Beauty started up north in September 1999 and went all the way to the Oscars in February the next year. This 45th edition, which ran for 10 days and closes this weekend, has been unlike any other in its history. Our film critic, Harlan Jacobson, has a rundown for us. 

HJ:  Well, I’m in Toronto in spirit, as this critical North American gateway festival went virtual for most of its participants from around the world.

New York City will now phase in the start of in classroom learning, an abrupt change. Mayor Bill de Blasio says he met for hours with school union leaders on Wednesday over many school concerns.

“Although they acknowledged that some real progress had been made that not enough had been made and more needed to be done.”


The Loved and Lost project is a statewide media collaborative that launched in June to name and celebrate the lives of very resident in New Jersey lost to COVID-19.  It's being coordinated by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University and was originally a project of

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The Krueger-Scott Mansion in Newark, built in 1888, is getting a makeover -- and a new mission in life.

The mansion will be restored and constructed to hold working areas, private offices and community gathering spaces. The work of local artists will be showcased and there will be exhibits about the mansion’s history.

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