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Artist Profiles - Drummer Art Blakey

Before co-founding the Jazz Messengers with Horace Silver, Art Blakey was backing jazz greats Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk...Nicknamed the "Tiger Of Jazz" he was known for his aggressive swing style and was one of the inventors of the modern bebop style of drumming.. Members of the Jazz Messengers is like a who's who in jazz with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons, Terence Blanchard & Wynton Marsalis to...

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A Star Is Born begins with Bradley Cooper, as successful country-rock singer Jackson Maine, doing his uninspired but high-octane brand of guitar work in front of a screaming audience of fans. When he's done, drunk and exhausted, he pours himself into a big black SUV, now alone with his nearly empty bottle, his flushed face, and his lungs that sound like they're filled with ash. He is in rough shape.

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Vermont state Rep. Kiah Morris has resigned from office, citing extensive racial harassment and telling The New York Times that the lack of response from local law enforcement has been "stunning."

Morris, who was the only black woman in the state Legislature, announced in August that she wouldn't run for re-election. She wrote that political discourse had become "divisive, inflammatory and at times, even dangerous."

Our coverage yesterday (and days before and surely in days to come) of the news surrounding the Kavanaugh nomination has been excellent. Thank you.

No one here wants to do anything that would raise questions about NPR's work – which brings us back to a topic we've addressed before.

Social media.

From our Ethics Handbook [bold added for emphasis]:

Magos Herrera is a jazz singer from Mexico, but she has also sung pop songs with Brazilian beats and crooned Mexican classics with a touch of rock. Herrera takes another adventuresome step on her new album, Dreamers, where she partners with a classical string quartet for an album steeped in Latin American culture. The potent mix of themes and the sound of the string quartet, plus a little percussion, are compelling.

Goodness feels so freaking quaint sometimes.

But goodness is indeed what The Good Place, which returned for its third season Thursday night on NBC, is about. It is about people trying to be good — and it's also one of the silliest, cleverest, smartest comedies on TV.

[This is where I tell you that "spoilers," so to speak, abound, in that we're going to talk here about the things that have already happened on this show up to and including the third-season premiere.]

The central event of Monsters and Men is clearly based on the 2014 slaying of Eric Garner by NYPD officers on Staten Island, although writer-director Reinaldo Marcus Green has altered both the location and the cause of death. Yet the killing of loose-cigarette peddler Big D (Samel Edwards) takes place literally in the background. This evocative drama is most concerned about the aftermath, viewed from three different angles.

Let's get the cheap lazy jokes out of the way at the top:

It's Catch Me if You Can on Geritol.

It's The Great Train Robbery (Seniors Discount Fare).

It's The (All-You-Can Eat) Italian (Pasta-Buffet) Job. Okay. Enough.

What writer/director David Lowery's The Old Man & the Gun actually turns out to be, of course, is exactly what it looks like: a defiantly unhurried and genially old-fashioned cops-and-robbers yarn, built around a wry, wistful central performance from Robert Redford.

Music came naturally to Jon Batiste, the leader of Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Growing up outside of New Orleans as part of a large musical family, he says, "I picked up on all of these things that are integral to who I am as a musician without necessarily studying them."

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Jazzy 88.9 WCSU presents Jazz And Funk Music On The Lawn

Jazz And Funk Music On The Lawn will be held Saturday, October 13 at 3 PM on the campus of Central State University. Featured perfomers include Kiddle Mack.

Thursdays at Noon

Café Jazz is a mix of original vinyl recordings with contemporary jazz releases on CD with host Richard (Gene) Knight. 

Thursdays at 5:30 PM

New Inspiration For The Nation

Host George Kilpatrick brings you some of the country's most inspiring conversations, in a fun, accessible style.

Thursdays at 6 PM

My Favorite Things

Hosted by Dr. Morakinyo A.O. Kuti AKA "Moraks," the program will feature music from all over the world in different languages. Listeners will hear Afro jazz, Afro beat, Calypso, Classical & more.

Keep WCSU wherever you go. Download the WCSU Public Radio App. The WCSU Public Radio App allows you to conveniently listen to your favorite jazz and news programs on your favorite mobile device.

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