BlueNotes

For years public radio has been home for diverse music in America.  We all have that one song, one band, one moment that transports us to another time or place.  Public radio has always taken creative risks by giving voice to new and emerging artists.  And it has long been the champion of America's cultural heritage - Jazz.

The BlueNotes blog is the place for you to rekindle your passion for music.  Jazz, blues, AAA, folk, world...it's all here at Syracuse Public Media WAER.

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New Music
12:19 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Metheny Mixes Music and Computers on Latest Release

Based on a childhood fascination with his grandfather’s player piano, 20-time Grammy Award winner Pat Metheny took his musical exploration to a new territory and built The Orchestrion, a mechanically controlled mini-orchestra capable of responding to his touch on the guitar. This innovative project brought about a completely unique approach to solo performance. The collaboration between this master guitarist and his wildest imagination has resulted in a fascinating and absolutely one of a kind musical experience.

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Live Music
2:01 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Local Band Explores the Pop Side of Jazz Music

Dave Solazzo & Bill Horrace

Jazz is one of those music genres that divides listeners into 3 basic categories: enthusiasts, acceptors, and avoiders.  Enthusiasts are those that are passionate about the music and it's history.  Acceptors might not necessarily know what they are listening to but often enjoy and accept what they are hearing.  Avoiders...well they need no definition.  The latest incarnation of the Bill Horrace and Dave Solazzo Experience attempts to bridge some gaps between enthusiast and acceptor and perhaps snag an avoider or two.

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10:10 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Tension Between Pandora and Artists

Lead in text: 
Despite 27,900 plays in the third quarter, recording artist Blake Morgan says he earned $1.62 from the popular internet music site Pandora.
In the third quarter of last year, Blake Morgan's songs were played on Pandora some 27,900 times. But the New York-based recording artist and label owner said he made only $1.62 from the popular Internet radio service.
Live Music
10:07 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Tia Fuller Wows the Palace Theatre Crowd

Tia Fuller on stage at the Palace Theatre
Credit Joe Lee

When the recorded audio introduction explaining the meaning of Angelic Warrior started, you knew that it was going to be a special performance.  Tia Fuller's grand entrance from the back of the house to the stage set the scene for an evening of high energy jazz improvisation that left the audience wanting more.  Weaving story-telling, audience engagement and energetic performances, Fuller and her band delivered a polished product worthy of closing out a special month dedicated to the preservation of jazz as an American art form.

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1:11 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Country Star George Jones Dead at 81

Lead in text: 
Country star George Jones died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Friday at the age of 81.
(CNN) -- George Jones, the country music legend whose graceful, evocative voice gave depth to some of the greatest songs in country music -- including "She Thinks I Still Care," "The Grand Tour" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" -- has died, according to his public relations firm.

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