David Fray, a Most Inspired Pianist

musicDavid Fray, a Most Inspired Pianist
Ironically, despite all the time it takes to be a concert pianist or a gardener, Fray says that patience and fearlessness are what he needs to work on the most in his character. “An artist has to fight against his own fears and weaknesses, and being an …
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Halloween concert opens Phoenicia Voicefest “Gatherings
Jazz pianist Nancy Kamen, who recently moved to the area, will perform, and Justin Kolb, the festival’s treasurer and an internationally known concert pianist, will play Mussorgsky’s spooky and beautiful Baba Yaga. Snacks and Bloody Marys will be …
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Digital piano concert will showcase 100 young players
This is all fun.” The foundation provides music lesson scholarships and performance opportunities to young musicians. The free concert will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In honor of Halloween, performers will be in costume. Pianists will range from 5 …
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Science Suggests Bassists Are Far More Important Than Most People Realize

musicScience Suggests Bassists Are Far More Important Than Most People Realize
Laurel Trainor, the study’s lead author, hooked up participants to an EEG to monitor brain activity while they heard simultaneous streams of two piano notes — one high-pitched, the other low-pitched. Every so often …. While I am working to better …
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Sammy Hagar Slams Eddie Van Halen: ‘You’re a Liar’
Sammy Hagar has come to the defense of Michael Anthony after the bassist was at the receiving end of some scathing, hurtful comments from Eddie Van Halen. In a two-minute video titled “In Defense of Mikey,” Hagar stands up for his former Van Halen (and …
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Jazz Listings for Aug. 7-13
Bob James (through Sunday) Mr. James, a stylistically broad keyboardist and composer who helped lay the groundwork for smooth jazz, teamed up with a regular partner, the bassist Nathan East, for “The New Cool,” a duo album coming in the fall. For this …
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5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World

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5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World
Declare your love for coffee by challenging yourself to drink the most expensive coffees in the world. Did you know that a $ 1,500/pound coffee exists? Just wow, but how could that happen? Let’s all find out how did that happen. There are many ways to …
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Drink this: Four ice coffees you have to try
This drink is owner Jeff Excell’s coffee-nerd answer to all the mocha drinkers out there (because you won’t find chocolate syrup at this Italian Village cafe). House-made chicory coffee is blended with Snowville Creamery milk and just a touch of sugar …
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Groundswell Cafe on Damen to Start Pouring and Roasting Coffee Monday
Though an adventurous coffee drinker himself — “I go anywhere I haven’t been … and usually order something I haven’t had” — Foster said he’s “thrilled to accommodate” customers’ varying tastes, whether they want a cold brew coffee on tap (steeped …
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Maryland’s Hunt Cup, the country’s most challenging horse race, bets on its future

sportMaryland’s Hunt Cup, the country’s most challenging horse race, bets on its future
He’s leading about 10 horses uphill at a divot-churning pace toward a stout, 4-foot-10-inch post-and-rail fence — a structure that has stood here for close to a century, ever since the most challenging horse race in America was first run across these …
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Ready for horse racing? Emerald Downs begins its season on Saturday
The meeting, which features 29 stakes races highlighted by the 80th running of the Longacres Mile, will run through Sept. 27 with Friday, Saturday and Sunday racing. It marks the 20th season for the Auburn racetrack, but the first under new owners.
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Hootenanny to Make 2015 Debut at Keeneland
“I really wanted to run at Keeneland,” trainer Wesley Ward said about his decision to start Hootenanny in the race. “This was one of the spots to go unless we went over to Churchill and run him against horses that have already been running. I think it …
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The Most Iconic Hats In Hip-Hop + R&B

musicThe Most Iconic Hats In Hip-Hop + R&B
Hip-hop and R&B embody their own styles as much as they do sounds, and hats play a part of the sartorial side to either genre. From Ne-Yo’s fedoras to Busta Rhymes’ Dr. Seuss hat, these are the hats that became like limbs to the hip-hop and R&B artists …
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Meet James Davis, Three Siblings Making The R&B They Always Wanted
The downcast R&B ballad, with its booming tom drums and piano chords, unfurls as aimlessly as the ride, without a clear hook to hang on to. Yes, they can be cool, but am I not the exception? vocalist Jess croons. It’s a question that the 26-year-old …
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SXSW 2015 Saturday Hip-Hop and R&B Highlights: Young Thug, Travis Scott
We have survived the five days of the Music portion of SXSW, and it is accurate to say it wrapped with a bang. See our recaps of Travis Scott and Young Thug’s co-headlining set at the Yahoo space, John Legend and his five mentees, plus YG, and Zoë …
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