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‘Prairie Home’ host Chris Thile declares ‘I love this gig so much’

When Chris Thile returns to Symphony Center, he will appear in a new guise: host of the long-running radio show…

Duetting banjos: Fleck & Washburn join forces in music — and marriage

Banjo players are a key element in Nashville music circles, a community that’s home to an array of instrumentalists, singers…

Nicholas Payton’s Afro-Caribbean Mixtape fuses sounds, eras and vibes

“I play post-modern New Orleans music,” says Nicholas Payton, trumpeter, composer, producer, social commentator, historian, and for the most part,…

SCP Jazz Series salutes the genre’s greats throughout 2016-17

Tributes to Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Oscar Peterson and Jazz at 100 are among the programs scheduled for…

Jason Moran revisits the works of Charles Mingus for ‘New Fables’

Composer-pianist Jason Moran knows no bounds, and he’s been that way from the start. When he was only 24, he recorded…

For jazz bassist John Patittuci, it all sounds familial

When John Patitucci frames the story of how he became one of hottest bass players in the business, it’s a group shot, not a self-portrait. He’s performed with Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea. And now, with Wayne Shorter.

Mutterissimo! Anne-Sophie Mutter celebrates 40 years of performance

The international world of violin virtuosos has its up-and-comers, also-rans and middle-of-the-roaders, but Anne-Sophie Mutter has long remained one of…

At 85, Cuba’s Omara Portuondo remains at the peak of her vocal powers

Cuba’s Omara Portuondo, who’s affectionately known as “La Diva, La Reina and La Chica Mas Sexy,” always puts the accent…

SFJAZZ Collective injects its personality into the music of Miles Davis

As the leader of a well-known jazz quartet, saxophone virtuoso Miguel Zenón is used to basking in the spotlight and…

Jazz legend Wayne Shorter still going in unexpected directions

Wayne Shorter was reminiscing about his first gig in Chicago … 1959, at the Cloister Inn, with Art Blakey. June…

For Anoushka Shankar, a Symphony Center concert is like coming ‘Home’

Nearly 50 years after her famous father and guru, Ravi Shankar, first played Orchestra Hall as a soloist in October…