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Did you know that the world's largest library is also home to millions of musical sound recordings, sheet music collections, musical instruments, and books about music? The Library of Congress brings this alive with concerts, music performances, interviews, and explorations of all aspects of music. Join us in meeting some of the world's most renowned artists, performers, and composers as they perform and discuss their art.

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Did you know that the world's largest library is also home to millions of musical sound recordings, sheet music collections, musical instruments, and books about music? The Library of Congress brings this alive with concerts, music performances, interviews, and explorations of all aspects of music. Join us in meeting some of the world's most renowned artists, performers, and composers as they perform and discuss their art.

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    Argentine Pianist and Composer Guillermo Klein

    Argentine Pianist and Composer Guillermo Klein

    Argentine pianist and composer Guillermo Klein talks with Library of Congress music specialist Larry Appelbaum.

    Speaker Biography: In the early 1990s, pianist, composer and bandleader Guillermo Klein moved from his native Argentina to Boston to study at the Berklee School of Music. He spent the remainder of that decade in New York leading his innovative big band, as well as his celebrated smaller group Los Guachos. Known for his highly original stylistic approach, Klein has garnered much critical acclaim for his rare concert appearances and the handful of recordings documenting his music. In recent years, Klein has received several commissions and has taught in both Spain and Argentina.

    • 49 min
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    Henry Butler: Rhythm & Blues and Jazz

    Henry Butler: Rhythm & Blues and Jazz

    Pianist, vocalist and composer Henry Butler discusses his life of teaching and performing rhythm and blues and jazz. He performs selected pieces on the piano that were influenced by his native New Orleans. Butler also shares his experience of losing his home from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Interviewing Butler is the Library's Larry Appelbaum.

    Speaker Biography: Henry Butler (b 1949 New Orleans, LA) is a pianist, vocalist and composer who began playing at the age of six and quickly assimilated the blues, rhythm & blues and jazz of his hometown. Blind since birth, Butler earned a Masters degree in vocal music. He also studied piano with George Duke, Roland Hanna and Harold Mabern, and pursued further studies in Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and other Caribbean music with Alvin Batiste. Butler's home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He now lives in Denver, CO.

    • 1 hr 9 min
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    Pianist and Composer Dave Brubeck

    Pianist and Composer Dave Brubeck

    Larry Appelbaum, Senior Music Reference Specialist with the Library of Congress, conducts a conversation with jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck.

    Speaker Biography: Dave Brubeck (b. Concord, CA, 1920) is a jazz composer, pianist and bandleader. He studied composition with Darius Milhaud, worked in both octet and trio formats, and later achieved artistic and commercial success with the Dave Brubeck Quartet. In addition to his formidable prowess on piano, Brubeck helped popularize unusual time signatures with recordings such as Blue Rondo a la Turk and Take Five, and he made important contributions to the jazz repertoire with memorable composition such as The Duke, In Your Own Sweet Way, and Strange Meadowlark. Brubeck toured the world as a jazz ambassador for the U.S. Department of State in the late 1950s, and he has received commissions and written many large scale compositions since then. In 1999, Dave Brubeck was recognized as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2003 he received the Living Legend Award from the Library of Congress.

    • 59 min
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    Jazz Conversation with Jim Hall

    Jazz Conversation with Jim Hall

    Jazz guitarist and composer Jim Hall talks about his life in music with Larry Appelbaum, senior music reference specialist in the Library's Music Division.

    Speaker Biography: Jim [James Stanley] Hall was born in Buffalo, Dec. 4, 1930. After studying composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Hall moved to Los Angeles where he studied classical guitar and began working with Chico Hamilton's Quintet and the Jimmy Giuffre Three. A gifted, thoughtful improviser, Hall is best known for his collaborations with Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans and Ron Carter, as well as highly regarded recordings with Ella Fitzgerald, Art Farmer, Paul Desmond and his own trios. Hall is a serious composer of formal music, the author of several books on jazz guitar and the subject of a 1998 documentary film, "Jim Hall-A Life in Progress." In 2004, he received the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award.

    • 57 min
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    A Conversation with Uri Caine & Larry Appelbaum

    A Conversation with Uri Caine & Larry Appelbaum

    Larry Appelbaum interviewed pianist-composer Uri Caine at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre in Washington, D.C.

    Speaker Biography: Admired for original compositions and reinventions, jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine brings an eclectic array of disciplines and influences to his music. His classical and jazz training and his poetic sense combine in ambitious hybrids that are often challenging but always inventive.

    Speaker Biography: Larry Appelbaum is senior music reference specialist at the Library of Congress and host of radio station WPFW's "Sound of Surprise."

    • 1 hr 10 min
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    Marimba Linda Xelaju- Guatemalan Marimba Music from Maryland

    Marimba Linda Xelaju- Guatemalan Marimba Music from Maryland

    Marimba Linda Xelaju performs traditional Guatemalan marimba.

    Speaker Biography: Marimba Linda Xelaju is family group that honors both tradition and innovation in its interpretation of the Guatemalan marimba. In Guatemala, playing the marimba has traditionally been a male pursuit. But Robert Giron has chosen to share his love and knowledge of the marimba with his daughters as well as his son, and the cherished music of his homeland today continues within a new context and community. In 1995, Giron had a beautifully ornate marimba hand-built in Guatemala by Nojobel Salazar, and brought it to the United States. The whole family plays this fine instrument at once. Robert Sr. and his son Robert play treble. His daughters Beverly and Jennifer play melody and harmony. Marimba Linda Xelaju has performed extensively throughout the Washington D.C. area venues including the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Museum of the American Indian, and at the National Zoo.

    • 53 min

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