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Duke Ellington’s Faith

From the April 2017 Print Edition

I’m told that two different TV series are in development about jazz and prostitution in New Orleans. That kind of combination is irresistible to the entertainment industry. After all, sex sells, and jazz is the obvious soundtrack for the sinful lifestyle. Put the two together and you have the . . . . Continue Reading »

A Double Life

From the March 2014 Print Edition

Byrd by kerry mccarthyoxford, 304 pages, $39.95 Judging by the tracks programmed by my local classical music radio station, no composer of merit existed before the Baroque period. DJs with soothing voices regularly serve up Vivaldi, Handel, Scarlatti, and Bach, especially during rush hour. . . . . Continue Reading »