Celtic Vigour

Dying or rising? The influence of the Scots/Irish community can never be underestimated, particularly in the United States of America. Ideas, art, literature, storytelling and, of course, music. Wynton Marsallis suggests that...

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Nina Simone How it feels to be Free

If you like Nina and if you like great piano and if you like a committed songstress and if you like a live performance and if you like a song that deals with issues Then you will love this performance from the Montreux Jazz...

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One of us is chained…

Bob Dylan found the words for this summer, ‘the times they are a changin’. George Floyd’s death at the hands of the Police has led to women and men in every state of the United States to shout loudly from their...

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Sweet Honey

The old Spirituals can stimulate listeners to alter society one person at a time… ‘Sweet Honey In The Rock’ are an ensemble rooted in African American culture.   Respected globally, they educate, entertain and...

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Ellis the Educator!

It is good to celebrate at the time of his departing one of the great American musical educators Ellis Marsalis. The family were not able to give him a huge musical New Orleans funeral. Undoubtedly his impact and influence will...

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Sibling Harmony

They are sisters. Their names Marvelis, Rissel, and Yaina, they are known as Pegasis. Their high altitude vocals makes it sound as though they may flying high very soon. They were born in the Dominican Republic, but are currently...

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

Introducing two gentlemen who are legends in their own lunchtimes. Mr Chick Corea, Jazz pianist and Mr Bobby McFerrin, who uses his voice as his major instrument. They make a fine complementary pair and as you will hear their...

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Festival Music

The Esala Perahera is undoubtedly one of the greatest festivals in South East Asia.  It takes place in Kandy, Sri Lanka over many nights usually in early August each year.   Music and dance, lights and elephants combine with...

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Musicians fight also

Global Blow Against Cancer

Certain musicians do not take cancer lying down… Oh no, they get up, organise themselves in their home countries, then play together while individually remaining in the USA, Austria, Italy or the United Kingdom.  You can...

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A wee flute and sitar piece

Music can and leap across boundaries. It can skip or touch different eras, cultures, instruments, even continents. In this little film, a  Jazz piece written by that sublime alto saxophone player Paul Desmond, in the mid 20th...

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