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When the story of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police began making news last week, Anthony McGill felt something roiling up inside him.

Jazz musicians have always faced systems of discrimination in America. One insidious example was the cabaret card, a form of identification required for any musician to work in a New York nightclub from 1940 to 1967. The New York Police Department administered these licenses and revoked them for any minor infraction. As a result, some of the biggest names in the music at the time, like Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker, lost their right to work at a crucial points in their careers.

If you saw the first Heat Check Live on NPR Music's Instagram this past weekend, you rocked with us for a live DJ set of all your favorite new songs. Afterward, New York-based artist Linda Diaz, whose work has been featured on Heat Check before, reminded us why we create spaces for the playlist to exist: "Community is invaluable. Black joy is radical," she wrote.

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MU School of Music

Joining us this week on Mizzou Music is MU’s Assistant Teaching Professor of Bassoon, Leigh Muñoz. She joined us by phone to discuss one of her favorite pieces of music and to tell us about she is staying connected and building a community during this time of social distancing.


MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we were joined by phone by Jacob Gotlib, Managing Director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative. He joined us to discuss what the MNMI has been up to lately and to tell us about a new piece of music he enjoys, which has its roots in a much older work.


MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we spoke to MU Post-Doctoral Fellow Yoshiaki Onishi. He joined us by phone to talk about what he’s been doing during this time of social distancing and to tell us about one of his favorite pieces.


Dale Lloyd, MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we spoke with MU Professor of Choral Conducting R. Paul Crabb and Graduate Student Marques Jerrell Ruff. They joined us to discuss a powerful performance of William Grant Still’s And They Lynched Him On A Tree at this year’s SWACDA.


Dale Lloyd, MU School of Music

On this week’s episode of Mizzou Music, we were joined by MU’s Associate Professor of Voice, Steven Tharp. He joined us by phone to discuss one of his favorite pieces, Elgar’s First Symphony, as part of our Community Listening Project.


Dale Lloyd, MU School of Music

On this episode of Mizzou Music, the Director of The University of Missouri School of Music, Julia Gaines, joined us to discuss how MU is moving forward with Music Instruction and online classes while we practice social distancing. She also is the first participant in our new community listening project, where we are talking to our friends at the MU School of Music about some of their favorite pieces and then enjoying the pieces together as a group. 


MU School of Music

On Mizzou Music this week we spoke with MU Professor of Trumpet Iskander Akhmadullin. He joined us to tell us about the upcoming MU/World Brass Association Festival.


MU School of Music

On this week’s episode of Mizzou Music we talked with MU Professor of Choral Conducting R. Paul Crabb and Michael Sauer about the upcoming Music and Art Concert. A collaboration between the School of Music and the Museum of Art and Archaeology.


MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we spoke with the Director of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, Stefan Freund. He stopped by to tell us all about an exciting performance plus an upcoming trip to South America.


MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we learned all about the upcoming Chancellor’s Arts Showcase from Joy Powell, Assistant Teaching Professor of Musical Theatre at Mizzou.


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