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When opera star Joyce DiDonato told us she wanted to sing centuries-old Italian love songs at the Tiny Desk we weren't surprised. But when she said she was bringing a jazz band to back her up, we did a double take. But that's Joyce, always taking risks. After all, the last time we filmed the down-to-earth diva, she insisted on singing an opera aria at the Stonewall Inn, the iconic gay tavern in Greenwich Village.

The 2019 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

Jan 14, 2020

Below are the results of NPR Music's 7th Annual Jazz Critics Poll (my 14th, going back to the poll's beginnings in the Village Voice). 2019's results provided surprise after surprise. The only predictable winner was in Latin Jazz: Miguel Zenon's Sonero, the alto saxophonist's fifth victory in this category. But Eric Dolphy's Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions upset a "new" John Coltrane album in Reissue/Discovery. Relative newcomer Jazzmeia Horn's Love and Liberation won in Vocal.

The road to jazz stardom once ran straight through Miles Davis. You introduced yourself to audiences as a member of Miles's band, and they knew who you were and what you could do when you formed your own. The lone alternative route was via John Coltrane or Art Blakey. No more — and not just because those patriarchs are gone and no one who's come along since has achieved similar name recognition among the general public.

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MU School of Music

On Mizzou Music this week, we were joined by MU Professor of Trombone, Tim Howe. He came by to tell us about a great way to kick off the Holiday Season, the 2019 Holiday Brass Concert.


MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we were joined by MU Director of Bands Brian Silvey. He stopped by our studio to discuss an upcoming joint concert with the University Wind Ensemble and the Liberty North High School Wind Symphony.


MU School of Music

On this week’s episode of Mizzou Music, we were joined by MU Associate Director of Bands, Amy Knopps. She dropped by to tell us about an upcoming performance from the University Band and the Symphonic Band.


MU School of Music

Joining me on this episode of Mizzou Music is MU Director of Choral Activities, Paul Crabb. He stopped by to tell us all about a performance from the Choral Union, The University Singers and the University Philharmonic Orchestra.


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On this episode of Mizzou Music, we talk to Paul Crabb, MU’s Director of Choral Activities. He joins us in the studio to tell us how he got his start in music and what led him to a career in Choral Direction.


MU School of Music

Joining us on Mizzou Music this week is Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Mizzou New Music Initiative, Yoshiaki Onishi. He stopped by to tell us about an upcoming performance from the Mizzou New Music Ensemble.  


MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music our guest was Christine Seitz, Teaching Professor of Voice here at MU. She came by to tell us about the upcoming Show Me Opera performance, Sextets and Other Encounters.


MU School of Music

On this week’s episode of Mizzou Music we were joined by two members of the Missouri Quintet, Dan Willett and Leigh Muñoz. They were here to tell us about an upcoming performance from the Missouri Quintet, MU’s Resident woodwind quintet.


MU School of Music

Joining us on Mizzou Music this week is Amanda Collins, Assistant Teaching Professor of Horn at the MU School of Music. She was in the studio to talk about an upcoming recital from the Mizzou Horn Choir.


MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we were joined by MU Assistant Professor of Percussion, Megan Arns. She stopped by to tell us all about the upcoming MU Percussion Extravaganza.


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