Anastasia Tsioulcas

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January/February 2006    Books

Satchmo Blows Up the World
Penny Von Eschen

"No commodity is quite so strange/As this thing called cultural exchange," so wrote Dave and Iola Brubeck in their musical with Louis Armstrong, The Real Ambassadors. Author Penny Von Eschen proves just how strange the U.S. State Department's 1950s-1970s...


January/February 2006    DVDs

Youssou N'Dour: Live at Montreux
Youssou N'Dour

Vocalist Youssou N'Dour was already a superstar in his native Senegal by the end of the 1970s. However, it took nearly a decade more for European and North American audiences to become aware of his incredible voice as well as the soaring melodies, peppery...


December 2005    Albums

At the Rio Jazz Club
Baden Powell

Guitarist and composer Baden Powell stands as one of the last half-century's pillars of Brazilian music. He combines extraordinary instrumental technique with a singular intermingling of willowy jazz, hot Brazilian urban sounds, sophisticated classical references...


December 2005    Albums

Bebo de Cuba
Bebo Valdes

Cuban pianist, composer and arranger Bebo Valdes is blossoming again. After decades of near obscurity, the 87-year-old Valdes' mus-ic and his crucial role in the narrative of 20th-century Cuban music history are being discovered by a new generation of fans...


October 2005    Albums

Kiran Ahluwalia
Kiran Ahluwalia

With this first international release, the India-born, Toronto-based vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia-winner of a 2004 Juno Award-aspires to be one of this generation's premier South Asian diaspora artists. A native of Punjab, Ahluwalia says that her specialty is...


October 2005    Albums

Badi Assad

After a six-year absence from solo recording solo, 38-year-old Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist Badi Assad makes a welcome return to the scene with Verde. Despite the monotone album title, Assad cultivates a wildly variegated and exotically beautiful...


July/August 2005    Artist Profiles

Renee Fleming: Operatic Swinger

Renee Fleming is a familiar sight on the Metropolitan Opera stage. But one evening in the middle of May, the 46-year-old American soprano-celebrated as one of the great operatic voices of this generation-took command of a far more intimately sized stage...

January/February 2005    At Home

Randy Weston

Nestled in Brooklyn's Clinton Hill neighborhood, Randy Weston's house is a tribute to the roots that feed him as an artist. Inside the 78-year-old composer and pianist's home, Brooklyn gives way to Africa and comes back again. His gracious living room is...

May 2004    News

Yo-Yo Ma: Is a Jazz CD Next?

Yo-Yo Ma is quite possibly today's most famous classical musician. But as many of his fans around the world already know, his curiosity knows no boundaries. Whether he's gliding through Jacob Do Bandolim's "Doce de Coco" with clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera...

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