Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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LeMoyne college is presenting an award-winning documentary tonight on poverty that also includes some surprises.  “What Matters?” is the story of three friends living on $1.25 a day to experience and document what it’s like living in extreme poverty.  

Director and subject Dan Parris says, “What Matters?” lacks the guilt-trip of your typical documentary on poverty.  He says it's the film's realist attitude and sense of adventure that turned the movie into a success - and, he hopes, inspires viewers to make a difference. 

This week, we'll head down to New Orleans and get a taste of Mardi Gras 2014 with some of the artists and songs that have helped make this event become an international celebration.

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On Friday, February 28th, The Don Byron New Gospel Quintet with featured vocalist Carla Cook will perform at Onondaga Communtiy College as a part of the continuing Legends of Jazz concert series.

Don Byron has gained much individual attention for his mastery of the clarinet. He released his first album in 1992. Since then, Byron has been exploring and executing musical styles and themes— everything from hip-hop to classical. The Don Byron New Gospel Quintet, which was formed in 2009, evolved from Byron's study of Gospel music from a cultural and personal perspective.

On this week's episode, we learn a little bit about one of the rising young stars in the music industry...Sherma Andrews as she prepares to perform in Syracuse this coming Sunday February 16th at the Sheraton Syracuse University.  Sherma is the latest guest on my "Take Ten" segment where you'll learn a variety of interesting tidbits including who she would want to take a cross country drive with...hint hint...he's the leader of the free world.  Enjoy!

Mark Bialczak

 Syracuse opened its arms wide to embrace its finest musicians performing the work of arguably the most popular band ever.

This week, we venture down to midtown Manhattan to the place known as "The Jazz Corner Of The World." A jazz club that has hosted the best of the best since it opened in 1949.  Come join me as we explore the wonderful world of Birdland.

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A Syracuse University Spanish Professor uncovered a work of great historical significance during research in Madrid, Spain.  The finding might be interesting to both historians and the arts.

From the birthdays of Jimmy Cobb, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Benny Golson to a historic recording from Lady Day as well as a significant 1965 recording from the Miles Davis quintet, this episode of Jazz Journeys takes you on an excursion through some of the people and events that shaped this week in jazz history.

Over the years, there have been a number of motion pictures that have used jazz as either a main or underlying theme.  On this week's episode of Jazz Journeys, I'll touch on two such examples.

The jazz world lost a number of legendary musicians in 2013.  In this episode of Jazz Journeys, we remember a few who left an indelible mark on their craft.

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