RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Appalachian music master Ralph Stanley is being honored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The southwest Virginia legend will be honored by the academy in October in a class that also includes Al Pacino, writers John Irving and Annie Proulx and the man who discovered the Titanic, Robert Ballard.
The Massachusetts academy was founded in 1780 to recognize America's foremost thinkers. Its past members include George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, among many others.
We celebrate the life of Charlie Haden with this rare presentation of the bassist in a minimal, duet setting with pianist Paul Bley. Live at the Kaplan Penthouse, the pair "played as if every form shattered at their touch", according to the NYTimes. Enjoy this set from the late NEA recognized Jazz Master, whose work on the bass resonated over seven decades of jazz, and stints with luminaries like Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett.
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -– In celebration of April’s designation as Jazz Appreciation Month, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts will be jamming with three jazz events in one weekend; April 11-13.
The main event, the Big Band Bash, takes place on Saturday at 5 p.m. Ensembles from Bowie and Morgan state universities along with UMES will gather on one stage to perform music from some of the greats—Charlie Mingus, Duke Ellington, Frank Foster and Count Basie. Each band will play a half-hour set and combine for the finale.