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Rolf Smedvig, Trumpeter Who Founded Empire Brass, Dies at 63

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Rolf Smedvig, the charismatic trumpeter who co-founded the Empire Brass, one of the most successful brass quintets in the past half-century, died on Monday.
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New Sounds

Music with Multiple Hyphens

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Listen to blends of world music, minimalism, chamber music, jazz, rock and post-rock, big band, Ethio-jazz, folk music from the world over, Celtic, Latin jazz for this New Sounds.

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WQXR Features

Webcast: Canadian Brass Plays Christmas Music in The Greene Space

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Canadian Brass recently appeared in The Greene Space for a festive program of holiday music. Watch the archived video and tune in for an hour-long radio version.

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WQXR Blog

Video: Boston Symphony vs. St. Louis Symphony in a World Series Faceoff

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The brass sections of the Boston Symphony and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras are sounding off for their respective hometown teams in the World Series.

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New Sounds

Music with Multiple Hyphens

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Ordinarily, the music one hears on New Sounds has a lot of hyphens in it as one tries to describe it, but for this show, the hyphens have multiplied at least eight-fold.  Listen to blends of world music, minimalism, chamber music, jazz, rock and post-rock, big band, Ethio-jazz, folk music from the world over, Celtic, Latin jazz - all coming together in various combinations for the featured pieces.  Hear brand new music from the Dutch world-jazz post-rock fusion band the Ex, with guests Brass Unbound.  Also, hear from Sweden's Ale Møller and the Bohuslän Big Band, who bring together Celtic, folk, jazz, and medieval music. 

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Soundcheck

Have Brass, Will Travel: The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble Marches On Through

Friday, March 01, 2013

The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, a brass-heavy funk/street beat band led by sax player and composer Ken Field, has often stopped by the Soundcheck studio in the past -- either on their way down to or coming back from the big Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans. This year, the group is simply on their way to Brooklyn. They play a live performance for us. 

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Sasha Frere-Jones on summer jams

Monday, June 08, 2009

Sasha Frere-Jones on summer music.

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