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My First Piano

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My first piano came with the house that my mother rented, with an option to buy, on Deerfield Road in the Wavecrest section of the Rockaways. The landlord, Mr. Silverstein, insisted that the piano was key to the deal (no pun intended there). It was a George Steck baby grand, which took up half of our […]

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The Music of LIGHTSCAPES

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This week’s post is by guest blogger Rocío De La Roca, Communications Associate at ArtsWestchester.   To fans all around the world, Steve Pollak is “the Dude of Life,” lyricist and singer behind numerous hit songs by the jam-band Phish. Since his songwriting days for Phish, the “dude,” who toured with the Vermont band in the […]

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When Doves Cry: A Salute to Prince

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The world and the music world lost its Prince. He was an original… a one of a kind… an innovator who spanned many generations. We salute his legacy with some quotes from our multi-generational staff.  He touched them all with his brilliance. “The profound impact of Prince’s influence on the entertainment industry is deeper than […]

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We’ll Have You Dancin’ In the Aisles

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Harry Bolick is somewhat of a national treasure in that he is one of a handful of fiddlers keeping this tradition alive in our country.  The genius of this musician is not just his skill with a fiddle but his pursuit of his roots and musical traditions in his home state Mississippi.  On the theory […]

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What Happened, Miss Simone?

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Summer TV re-runs give me the ho-hums. They drive me to Netflix for excitement. That’s how I happened upon “What Happened, Miss Simone?” Nina Simone was a jazz, blues, folk, gospel and pop artist, as well as a song writer and activist. She was famous in the sixties for her sultry voice, piano prowess and soulful […]

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Seeding a Generation of Music Lovers

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Celebrating the Westchester Philharmonic one night, I found myself breaking bread with Jamie Bernstein, daughter of the late and great composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. Jamie is a narrator, writer and broadcaster, all of which reflect her lifetime devotion to music and her family legacy. We reminisced about the Young People’s concerts led by Bernstein […]

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All That Jazz

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Jazz people love labels. They just can’t help themselves. That’s probably because their music defies explanation and often challenges logic. Ask Gerry Malkin, the 63-year old tenor sax player, who calls his ensemble “post bop.” Hard to explain, he told me. He used the old Alec Baldwin line: “it’s complicated.”  He threw out themes like stretching harmonies and aggressive interpretation of bebop. Finally, he invoked […]

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Get Your Jazz Pass

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Alysa Haas is a chip off the old block…in a good way. She comes by her musical talent through her genes, so to speak. She is the daughter of  Bira Rabushka, a violinist for 40 years with the New York City Ballet orchestra and the founder of the sorely missed Northern Westchester Center for the […]

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