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Changes Coming to the Grammys, How Will They Affect Classical?

Esperanza Spalding sings and plays bass.
Jazz artist Esperanza Spalding performs at a concert in Italy in 2009. Spalding won this year's Best New Artist Grammy.
2:35PM
April
7, 2011

The Grammy Awards is pairing down their categories, putting everybody in the same contest for “Best” (… Album, Artist). What does this mean for classical music?

Jazz Musician Esperanza Spalding Wins Best New Artist Grammy

Esperanza Spalding sings and plays base.
Esperanza Spalding sings and plays bass at the Veneto Jazz Festival 2009.
10:29AM
February
15, 2011

2010 Grammy award for Best New Artist stunned many observers because it didn’t go to crowd-favorite Justin Bieber. The Grammy instead went to jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding, the first jazz artist to ever win the award.

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ProMusica Swings and Sings with Jane Monheit

1:49PM
May
5, 2010

Yehudi Menuhin once said he couldn’t “swing” unless he was playing alongside jazz great Stephane Grappelli.  They would go on to record some eleven releases together.  The swing was in high gear last Friday night as ProMusica Chamber Orchestra was joined by amazing jazz vocalist Jane Monheit in the Southern Theatre.  If you haven’t ever [...]

Terry Teachout’s New Biography of Louis Armstrong

Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong  book cover
Armstrong modeled a lot of his phrasing on the opera singers of his youth
9:38AM
January 21, 2010

Terry Teachout has written a new scholarly, footnoted and highly enjoyable biography of the great Louis Armstrong

Igor Stravinsky’s Jazz Sides

drawing of Stravinsky by Picasso
Stravinsky felt that the jazz musicians would have a hard time with his various time signatures
10:01AM
November 29, 2006

Boyce Lancaster talks with Maestro Albert-George Schram, former staff conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, about Igor Stravinsky’s foray into jazz, the Ebony Concerto (1945) and the Concerto in E-flat, a.k.a. Dumbarton Oaks (1937–38).