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2012 Stories by Aidan Levy

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  • Chico Hamilton

    published March 7, 2012

    This West Coast jazz maven is 90, which puts him in the running for the world's oldest living drummer who still plays out. Hamilton grew up... More >>

  • Vienna Philharmonic

    published February 22, 2012

    The Waltz King, the stage name of 19th-century chart-topping composer Johann Strauss the Younger, was the Skrillex of his day, leading a... More >>

  • 'Robert Johnson at 100'

    published February 22, 2012

    Robert Johnson gave his soul—as in, his immortal soul—to the blues, as in his immortal soul. And who knows if Time Warner services hell,... More >>

  • 'Pierrot Lunair'

    published February 15, 2012

    Sprechstimme, a speaking-singing hybrid that gained credence with Arnold Schoenberg's premiere of Pierrot Lunaire in 1912, was employed by... More >>

  • 'Avant Music Festival'

    published February 15, 2012

    Hermann Hesse's Siddartha starts and ends at the river, and so does avant-garde composer Eve Beglarian's minimalist tone poem Songs from... More >>

  • 'Howlin' for Hubert'

    published February 15, 2012

    "Hubert was Wolf, Wolf was Hubert," said legendary blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin of his two decade partnership with Howlin' Wolf. Credited for the... More >>

  • Galactic

    published February 15, 2012

    Never mind Ash Wednesday because this year, the quintessential New Orleans party band is giving up Lent for Lent. Their 10th studio album and... More >>

  • Buster Williams

    published February 1, 2012

    In a multi-generational career bridging the swing-era stylings of Sarah Vaughan, the hard bop of Dexter Gordon, the electric incarnation of the... More >>

  • David Wax Museum

    published February 1, 2012

    Mexican folk isn't nearly the same as New England folk—the intersection of that Venn diagram might just say "into fringe"—but for this... More >>

  • Pablo Ziegler & Maya Beiser

    published January 25, 2012

    Canyengue tango sprang up from the streets of Buenos Aires in the 1930s, a cheek-to-cheek escape from the hardships of life in the slums. Moving... More >>

  • Saigon

    published January 25, 2012

    Last February, after years of hanging in limbo, Saigon's debut, The Greatest Story Never Told, finally saw the light of day, quickly... More >>

  • Weasel Walter Trio

    published January 18, 2012

    From the bowels of unbridled mayhem comes Weasel Walter, the manic enfant terrible of the downtown scene, percussive bustle in the hedgerow... More >>

  • Charles Bradley

    published January 18, 2012

    The soul revivalist practically sweats Brooklyn tap water, but perspiration isn't the only criterion for a heart-stopping tribute to James Brown,... More >>

  • Sofia Rei

    published January 11, 2012

    This leading light of Latin jazz had the most infectious smile at the 2012 Winter Jazzfest. The Buenos Aires native infuses the traditional music... More >>

  • Roy Ayers

    published January 4, 2012

    Besides Gil-Scott Heron, vibraphonist Roy Ayers is a key link between jazz, R&B, and hip-hop. Jazz fusion might have been a ‘70s fad, but... More >>

  • 'Charles Ives Marathon Concert'

    published January 4, 2012

    Like modernist poet Wallace Stevens, Connecticut native Charles Ives made his money selling life insurance policies in the insurance capital of... More >>

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