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The Segals: Jazz at Lincoln Center Awards Melissa Aldana and JACK Quartet the 2014 Martin E. Statues

The Segals: Jazz at Lincoln Center Awards Melissa Aldana and JACK Quartet the 2014 Martin E. Statues >>

This year's Martin E. Segal awards went to a unique pair: a quartet and a saxophone.

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UK Culture Secretary Maria Miller Resigns, Industry Nervously Eyes Her Successor Sajid Javid >>

It's all change at the top of the UK arts scene as the government's Culture Secretary Maria Miller resigns after becoming embroiled in a scandal over her expenses (she was cleared of the major charges, but still has to pay several thousand pounds of claimed expenses back). Music pros on social media were hardly lamenting her departure, but neither as yet were they over-optimistic about her successor, Sajid Javid

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Listening to the Bawdy Bellower Nerd: Amusing Anagrams of Famous Composers’ Names >>

Just for fun, we decided to test some anagram generators on the Web by typing in the names of our favorite composers. What hidden meanings might be lurking in these famous names?

Vote Now for the 2014 BBC Music Magazine Awards!

Alisa Weilerstein and Daniel Barenboim Win Big in BBC Music Magazine Awards >>

BBC Music Magazine has announced its annual awards, voted on by the public and some by a jury of critics. The big winner was the cellist Alisa Weilerstein, whose recording of the Elgar and the Carter cello concertos with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim won Recording of the Year, as well as the Concerto Award

Questionable Monologues: Dance Magazine, Marie Chouinard and More Explore the Long-Winded Question of Nudity in the Arts, Is it Sex or Not?

Questionable Monologues: Dance Magazine, Marie Chouinard and More Explore the Long-Winded Question of Nudity in the Arts, Is it Sex or Not? >>

Performance art can take many by surprise--and the departure of clothing can really catch some heat.

Wish You Could Hear: Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here' Track Gets a Violinist's Touch per an Immersion Re-Release, Nick Mason Claims Travesty

Wish You Could Hear: Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here' Track Gets a Violinist's Touch per an Immersion Re-Release, Nick Mason Claims Travesty >>

The slowed-down ballad track from the conceptual 'Dark Side' LP featured not just a 12-string acoustic juxtaposed with a riffing six, but a fully orchestrated band crooning to the departed Syd Barett and Waters' lonely feelings of isolation.

Wrecking a Release: 'Captain America' Composer Henry Jackman Reveals Potential 'Wreck-It Ralph' Sequel for Movie Goers, Following the Success of the First

Wrecking a Release: 'Captain America' Composer Henry Jackman Reveals Potential 'Wreck-It Ralph' Sequel for Movie Goers >>

Henry Jackman, the 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' composer, hints at a sequel--but probably not one you're thinking of.

Jazz Appreciation Month: Smithsonian and UNESCO Jazz Holiday Award Local Legends and Newcomers With Gold Statues

Jazz Appreciation Month: Smithsonian and UNESCO Jazz Holiday Award Local Legends and Newcomers With Gold Statues >>

Unless you're completely in the unknown void outside of the jazz realm, then you know this month is the Smithsonian's own Jazz Appreciation month.

EXCLUSIVE: Violinist Daniel Hope on Yehudi Menuhin, Carl Sagan and the Music of His Solo Album ‘Spheres’ on DG

EXCLUSIVE: Violinist Daniel Hope on Yehudi Menuhin, Carl Sagan and the Music of His Solo Album ‘Spheres’ on DG >>

British violinist Daniel Hope tells the story of the exceptionally long gestation period of his latest solo album, 'Spheres.'

Sci-Fi Films Dominate the Chicago Symphony Orchestra‘s “At the Movies” Series

Sci-Fi Films Dominate the Chicago Symphony Orchestra‘s “At the Movies” Series: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ and ‘Metropolis’ >>

Classic science fiction films like '2001: A Space Odyssey' are ideal candidates for the concert hall because many of them are more luxuriously paced than the often frenetic films being made today. And there are few loud special effects to drown out the musical score, as happens frequently in contemporary sci-fi.

Live at (L)PR: Mo'Betta Wu Brings Tangy Jazz from the 36 Chambers, Featuring Amanda Seales

Live at (L)PR: Mo'Betta Wu Brings Tangy Jazz from the 36 Chambers, Featuring Amanda Seales >>

Your favorite downtown dwelling, (Le) Poisson Rouge, is always up on the latest ensembles and orchestras--and their crazy idiosyncr-antics.

His Only Sunshine: B.B. King is Falling from the Throne, Catch Him Before He's Gone

His Only Sunshine: B.B. King is Falling from the Throne, Catch Him Before He's Gone >>

There's something about B.B. King lately, nothing unlike an aging oldie possibly coming into their own senility.

No Longer A Rat in a Cage: Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan Announces Latest Experimental Solo Release 'AEGEA'

No Longer A Rat in a Cage: Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan Announces Latest Experimental Solo Release 'AEGEA' >>

You remember that seminal '90s grunge band (that is, not Cobain and his trio), The Smashing Pumpkins. That tightly-voiced Billy Corgan has been hosting ambient/experimental performances at his Chicago tea shop, Madame ZuZu's.

Disney's 'Frozen' Characters

Disney's 20 Years on Broadway: Lion King, Beauty and the Beast Winners; Tarzan, Little Mermaid Losers >>

As 'The Lion King' continues its reign over Broadway, Disney Theatricals keeps up the pace with an ongoing series of musical adaptations of its hit movies. Next up, look for 'Jungle Book' and 'Frozen.'

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