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Video Chat: Richard Blanco – Poet, Author, Civil Engineer

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  Selected by President Barack Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history, Richard Blanco joined the ranks of such luminary...

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Interview: Nicole Henry — Jazz Vocalist

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With Whitney-Houston-like beauty, charisma, and vocal range, and an aunt who was a back-up singer for major performers like Patti LaBelle, NICOLE HENRY was originally drawn to pop music, but she was soon attracted to the richer, more complex lyrics and music of jazz.

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Video Chat: Al Jaffee – Cartoonist

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Al Jaffee (b. 1921) is an American cartoonist who is still making cartoons for MAD magazine and, at the age of 94, remembers every cartoon...

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Video Chat: Tony Succar — Musician, Composer, Arranger, Producer

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ANTONIO “TONY” SUCCAR (b. 1986) is a Peruvian-American musician, composer, arranger and producer. In 2010, Tony and his band were invited to perform al fresco at a Halloween party on Lincoln Road in the heart of South Beach. The invitation included a special request to play Michael Jackson’s classic Thriller. In considering how he would perform Thriller, Tony thought, “Why don’t I put it through a salsa filter.” And the moment provided a spark that ignited Succar on a five-year odyssey, culminating in the production and release of Unity: The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson, featuring many of the world’s best Latin musicians and vocalists.

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Interview: Terence Riley – Architect, Curator, Museum Director

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    INTRODUCTION- 2:12 min. Introduction to Terence Riley.     As an architect, museum professional, teacher, and...

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Interview: Gary Burton – Jazz Musician, Educator

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GARY BURTON is a jazz vibraphonist, composer and jazz educator. Burton developed a pianistic style of four-mallet technique as an alternative to the prevailing two-mallet technique. He has been heralded as an innovator and his sound and technique are widely imitated.  He is also known for pioneering fusion jazz and popularizing the duet format in jazz, as well as being a major figure in music education due to his 33 years of teaching  at the Berklee College of Music, and his many years of service as executive vice president of Berklee. Burton has recorded over 60 albums and won 7 Grammy Awards.  Beginning in the 1960s, when he was still a teenager, Gary has performed with almost every major jazz musician.

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