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This weekend, UNLV's esteemed jazz studies program makes its 10th consecutive appearance at the Monterey Next Gen jazz fest, the competitive complement to the legendary Monterey Jazz Fest.
Jazz music might be a staple in places like New Orleans and Monterey, but it’s taken root in Las Vegas as well.
Uli Geissendoerfer has played a big role in that.
Every year, the UNLV School of Music presents public performances of all kinds – most prominently theater, classical music, and jazz. Every so often, there’s recording to enjoy at home, too.
The rhythms of Las Vegas inspired composer Nathan Tanouye to write a jazz orchestral suite that has its world premiere this weekend.
Resonance Records producer Zev Feldman talks about the album, "Shirley Horn: Live at the Four Queens." It's a recently released archival recording of her 4 Queens Hotel lounge performance from 1988.
The dictionary defines jazz as a type of music “characterized by improvisation, syncopation, and usually a regular or forceful rhythm.”
Does that sound like Las Vegas to you?
When Shana Tucker is singing and playing her music, it’s a heady blend.
When Marlena Shaw first moved to Las Vegas in the early 1970s, she was in the midst of a versatile career as a pop, soul, and jazz singer.