Jazz Blog

Sheila Jordan

What a pleasure it was hearing Sheila Jordan this week at the Northampton Jazz Workshop. She's nearly 87, which she makes no secret of, and why should she? Sheila's a bonafide survivor: of a harsh, Depression-era childhood shuttled between her teenage mother's digs in Detroit and her grandparents' home...

Classical Blog

Greetings from the Danube

First I want to pay tribute to all who made the NEPR cruise on the Beautiful Blue Danube a great success: thanks to Cheryl Willoughby, who kept the classical music on the air while I was away; to the organizers of the tour, Earthbound Expeditions and their staff, Tyson Verse, Tanya Masi and Matthew Brumley; to the more than 50 NEPR listeners...

Audiofiles

Summer Sounds at UMass: Jazz in July

For over 30 years, jazz educators from UMass' illustrious music program have teamed up with musicians from around the country to provide an intensive week long crash course in jazz performance. "Jazz in July" gives students a chance to play in a variety of styles, both in the classroom and on stage.