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The Jazz River—Music of Islam & Arabic Jazz

The Oud is an instrument that is at least 3,000 years old. Pear-shaped now with 11 strings, five pairs, and one bass, it is the primary instrument in Arabic music,…

The Jazz River—Kip Hanrahan Records Sound Like No Others

Kip Hanrahan is an Auteur. He actually studied film making with Jean-Luc Goddard and Jean-Paul Satre. An Irish-Jew who grew up in the Bronx, he brings together everyone he knows…

The Jazz River—Free Jazz—Most Disliked, Least Understood

Turn that crap off! It’s just a bunch of noise. Where’s the rhythm? These cats can’t swing and they sound like they just picked up their instruments. This isn’t music.…

The Jazz River—The Music of Spain and Portugal

The music unique to Portugal is called Fado. The word itself means fate or destiny, and its history, going several hundred years evokes deep passion. Often a mournful lament, an…

The Jazz River—Trance Dance

As a named musical genre, Trance seems to have its origins in psychedelia. Music made to accompany acid trips. Loads of variations quickly followed, many fusing music and dance. The…

The Jazz River—Second Annual Hanukkah Celebration

This Thursday begins the 8 days of Hanukkah, a festival of lights and a celebration of the triumph of unity over discord that Jews have celebrated for thousands of years.…

The Jazz River—The Magic & Artistry of Maria Schneider

Composer, conductor, band leader, 12-time Grammy nominated, 5-time winner in Jazz, Classical, and Pop categories. Maria Schneider is a 2019 recipient of NEA Jazz Master status. She has held her…

The Jazz River—Hitting for the Monk Cycle

In baseball one of the rarest feats is to “hit for the cycle,” that is to have a single, a double, a triple and a home run all in the…

The Jazz River—David Amram—All American Eclectic

If ever there was person deserving of both the NEA Jazz Master status and a Kennedy Award, and maybe throw in a Presidential Medal of Freedom, it is the now…

Celebrating the Listeners of The Jazz River

Since its launch in August of last year, The Jazz River has sought to live up to its ideal to represent Jazz’s influence on the world and the world’s influence…

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