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Frontier Jazz Orchestra Blends Jazz, Bluegrass and Chamber Music

Posted on · The Houston-based Frontier Jazz Orchestra is performing in town later this week. Jacqui Sutton is the lead vocalist and bandleader. She joins us to talk about the group’s blend of jazz, bluegrass, and orchestral/chamber music.

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Princeton Miles: How Classical Training Influenced an R&B Album

Posted on · Without Beethoven’s Fur Elise, we never would have had Nas’s “I Can.” Billy Joel used Beethoven’s Pathetique in his song “This Night.” Ludacris has sampled from Mozart’s Requiem and Dvorak’s New World Symphony. Janet Jackson’s cribbed from Erik Satie. While we don’t typically think about it, the modern music we listen to, play and compose […]