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Where The Tuba Lives: 5 New Orleans Songs Featuring The Fat Horn
Many things make New Orleans a one-of-a-kind music town, but one is the tuba, the monstrous brass instrument worn like a python squeezing its victim.

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Bela Fleck On Piano Jazz
Fleck joins host Marian McPartland and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi for trio renditions of “In Walked Bud,” “All the Things You Are” and “Polka Dots and Moonbeams.”

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Here Are The Best Jazz Photos And Short Videos Of The Year
At least according to the Jazz Journalists Association, which announced its JJA Jazz Award nominations for 2011 this morning. Winners are named in a ceremony on June 11, 2011, which will also be streamed as a live video webcast.

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How We Don’t Talk About Musicians
Drummer Scott Clark is one of the best to be found in Richmond, Va., anchoring a number of excellent bands. But in an interview, he reveals that the life of a musician isn’t as easy as his playing looks.

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‘Treme,’ Episode 11: Fourteen Months After
As season two opens, not much has really changed in post-Katrina New Orleans — and what has changed isn’t necessarily good. Luckily, the city’s music remains a constant. Read a recap of the live performances, featuring Christian Scott, The Subdudes, Bonerama and Juvenile.