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Coverage and context on The Duke Jazz Series and Talks at the Library for the Performing Arts.

The Duke Jazz Series includes eight live jazz performances with a selection of Chamber Music America award-winning artists and their innovative jazz ensembles. Duke Jazz Talks, presented in partnership with the GRAMMY Museum and Recording Academy, features one-on-one conversations between GRAMMY-nominated and award-winning jazz artists and music curator and scholar Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. Funding for the Duke Jazz Series and Talks is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Project is enabling The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts over the next year and a half to complete a number of exciting performing arts presentation and documentation projects related to artists who have received past support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in creating new works. This project will enhance the collections of three of the Library's research divisions:

Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Video documentation of eight contemporary dance performances and oral histories with two prominent individuals from each of the taped performances; Preservation of over 70 oral history sound recordings with Martha Graham collaborators.

Music Division
Duke Jazz Series: Presentation and documentation of eight live jazz performance from Chamber Music America award-winning ensembles and oral histories with each ensemble leader; Duke Jazz Talks: Presentation and documentation of four one-on-one conversations between GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY Award-winning jazz artists and music curator and scholar Bob Santelli; Jazz at Lincoln Center Series: Production and documentation of ten oral histories with musicians performing in the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 Jazz at Lincoln Center seasons.

Theatre on Film and Tape Archive, Billy Rose Theatre Division
Video documentation of four New York City theater performances and oral histories with one prominent individual from each of the taped performances; Video documentation of six regional theater performances and oral histories with one prominent individual from each of the taped performances.

Funding for this project is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Fun facts about Jane Ira Bloom!

Did you know that jazz musician Jane Ira Bloom...

...prodded by her friend, the actor Brian Dennehy, wrote a letter to NASA to ask what they thought about the future of the arts in space and ended up as the first musician ever commissioned by the NASA space program and with an asteriod (6083janeirabloom) named in her honor?

...had to relearn the saxophone while studying as a girl with Joe Viola at Berklee College? ("My embouchure was all wrong!")

...while walking around the dicey neighborhoods 

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Duke Jazz Talk with Bucky and John Pizzarelli. Wednesday, Feburary 11, 8pm

Please join us for our next Duke Jazz Talk featuring father/son artists Bucky and John Pizzarelli on Wednesday, February 11 at 8:00 p.m. Duke Jazz Talks put the spotlight on four GRAMMY® -nominated and -award winning jazz artists. Bucky and John will discuss their lives and work with Bob Santelli, Executive Director of The GRAMMY MuseumSM; following the dialogue will be a brief performance.

Duke Jazz Talks are part of the two-year Library for the Performing Arts’ project funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation 

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Jovino Santos Neto Quinteto performing in NYPL Duke Jazz Series, November 21, FREE

The Duke Project team -- consisting of Sarah Ziebell (middle), Flordalisa "Lisa" Lopez (right), and myself (left) -- are gearing up for the second concert in the Duke Jazz Series.

For those of you who missed September's show, the wonderfully talented Dafnis Prieto Sextet were featured, filling the Bruno Auditorium with Cuban-infused jazz. We had an excellent turn out for the event -- despite having to compete with presidential debates and pouring rain -- and hope to match the turn out next week with the sounds of Brazilian 

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McCoy Tyner at The Library for the Performing Arts!

Through the exceptional generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Library for the Performing ArtsMusic and Dance Divisions and the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive have been awarded two years of funding to present, document, and preserve jazz, contemporary dance, and theater performances and related oral histories. Those of us on the Doris Duke 

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