Jazz

Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Rising Star In Jazz Performs Thursday, Duke Performances

Credit Gregory Porter

A rising young star in jazz is headed to Durham Thursday night. Gregory Porter was a college football player when he was sidelined with an injury. So, he turned to music. He cut an album and was still an unknown singer when he was selected by Wynton Marsalis to do a residency with Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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The State of Things
12:23 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Louis Armstrong's Groundbreaking Decade In Chicago

Louis Armstrong Master of Modernism
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Louis Armstrong is a integral figure in American popular music. And although many know him for his 1960s hits like "Hello Dolly" and "What a Wonderful World," his career in the 1920s and 30s really set a precedent for jazz vocals and instrumentals for future generations. 

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The State Of Things
12:29 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Stunning Images Detail Chicago's Jazz Renaissance

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Hot Rhythm, 1961. Oil on canvas, 40 x 48.375 inches (101.6 x 122.9 cm). Collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne. Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Archibald Motley is one of the most well-known painters of the Harlem Renaissance even though he never lived in Harlem. He spent most of his career documenting the nightlife scene in both Chicago and Paris.

Motley's images explode with color. Reds, blues greens. It's almost impossible to look away. Yet his work is not widely available to the public. Many of his most important creations are held in private collections. But now, 42 works from 1919 to 1960 are on display at Duke University's Nasher Museum.

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The State of Things
1:00 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

The Evolution Of The Music Of Branford Marsalis

Credit Palma Kolansky

Grammy-award winning artist Branford Marsalis is one of the world’s leading jazz artists. 

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The State of Things
12:54 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Need Fresh Music For The Holidays? Four Off-Beat Album Recommendations

Peter Lamb and the Wolves
Credit Peter Lamb / Peter Lamb and the Wolves

Peter Lamb and the Wolves know a great deal about community love and support. Their last two albums have been completely crowd-funded through Kickstarter. And although Peter Lamb says it doesn't alter the way they make music, he'll tell you it definitely turns up the heat. 

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The State Of Things
10:23 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Swing Music Has Come And Gone And Come Again

Mint Julep Jazz Band
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The Mint Julep Jazz Band was named “Best Musical Artist” by Durham Magazine. 

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The State of Things
11:09 am
Fri November 8, 2013

The Hot At Nights Release New Album

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The Hot at Nights are a Raleigh jazz trio with flare.

They have played some of the hottest jazz spots across the country. Now they appear on The State of Things to promote their new album, “Try This!” Host Frank Stasio talks with the band about their new album and they play live in the studio.

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The State of Things
10:02 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Spartan Jazz Collective Performs Music By Jazz Legend Max Roach

Credit The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

    

The Spartan Jazz Collective from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is made up of students and faculty.

The group will perform a retrospective of work by percussionist composer and native North Carolinian Max Roach. The Spartan Jazz Collective is Chad Eby, Melvin Holland, Evan Ringel, Jonathan Wiseman, Thomas Linger, Aaron Gross, Kassem Williams, and Dr. Neeraj Mehta.

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Roundtable Examines Issues Of the Week

Branford Marsalis, Arlie Petters, and Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abenyi join the State of Things for the roundtable conversation.
Credit Laura Lee

On this week’s roundtable, a jazz great, a leading string theory mathematician and an accomplished writer share their diverse perspectives on the latest headlines. They’ll discuss a range of issues from the latest Middle East update to the challenges facing minorities in higher education. 

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

The Evolution of the Music of Branford Marsalis

Jazz great Branford Marsalis joins the State of Things to speak about his work.
Credit Palma Kolansky

Grammy-award winning artist Branford Marsalis is one of the world’s leading jazz artists. In a career spanning more than three decades, the saxophonist has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music across an array of genres. 

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