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Jim Hall keeps life decidedly upbeat

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Some years ago, saxophone great Sonny Rollins visited Jim Hall at his Manhattan apartment, to talk about a project that absolutely needed Hall's guitar.

"He sat down at a small round table, and set down a plastic bag between us," Hall recalls. "And the bag started wiggling. He noticed that I was looking at the bag and just says, 'We'll talk about that later.' That's how centered he was."

Google's Musical Doodle Lives On - On Its Own Web Page

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For fans of the Les Paul Google Doodle, we have some excellent news: The musical logo will live on at its own web page. This rendition of the Google logo was created to celebrate the 96th anniversary of the birth of Les Paul, one of the greatest names in guitar history. The doodle was both playable and recordable, which led to quite a few Google Doodle-inspired songs. Usually, Google Doodles have a brief 24-hour lifespan. However, this doodle was popular enough that Google tweeted it would be leaving the doodle online for an extra day.

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Rocket Science

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BY FRANK ALKYER

Béla’s got the band back together again, and it’s kicking. The buzz for Rocket Science has been that for the first time in 20 years the original Flecktones would be reunited. Jeff Coffin, the fine tenor saxophonist, left the band a few years ago to join the Dave Matthews Band. So, enter Howard Levy, the freakishly facile harmonica virtuoso, keyboardist and, oh, original Flecktone. Levy left the group back in 1992—his last record with them being UFO Tofu—at a time when the band’s non-stop touring was more than he wanted to endure. While he has maintained a fine solo career, Levy probably will always be best known as a member of this beautifully unorthodox quartet, and he seems right back at home as a Flecktone on Rocket Science.

Brian Wilson's Songs

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I have one tattoo: the five-note melody line to "God Only Knows," splayed conspicuously across my right shoulder. I've worn it long enough that I often have the luxury of forgetting its presence, the proximity of something so beautiful.

One afternoon in May, I have a handful of minutes to interview Brian Wilson, the brilliant, troubled recluse who wrote that Beach Boys opus and so many more. But as he waits politely for my questions, it seems far more urgent to explain why I have his notes printed on my body—how they honor his act of kindness many years ago, one that changed my family forever. I will stutter onward, because I have waited six years to thank him.

ASCAP to Add Five Music Greats to Jazz Wall of Fame

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NEW INDUCTEES ARE LIVING LEGENDS JIMMY HEATH AND GEORGE AVAKIAN AND JAZZ GIANTS OF THE PAST OSCAR PETERSON, MEL POWELL AND NINA SIMONE.

Omer Avital to Be Recognized with The ASCAP Jazz Vanguard Award. Event will also Celebrate Recipients of the Ninth Annual ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards

New York, NY, June 9, 2011: ASCAP President & Chairman Paul Williams has announced that ASCAP will add five music greats to the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame on Monday, June 13, 2011. The invitation-only event will be hosted by Mr. Williams at ASCAP’s New York City offices (Broadway between 63rd and 64th Streets) in Manhattan beginning at 5:00 PM.

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