[JPL] NPR Producer Discusses Jazz

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Tue Apr 4 23:35:28 EDT 2006

NPR Producer Discusses Jazz

"Jazz is an international language," says NPR's Becca Pulliam

Becca Pulliam, producer of such National Public Radio (NPR) broadcasts as 
JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater and Toast of the Nation, fielded audience 
questions during an April 3 webchat.

Pulliam stressed the influx of new and international artists onto the 
contemporary jazz scene, explained how today's jazz gradually evolved from 
African-American spirituals and work songs from the slavery era and offered 
information about Jazz Appreciation Month, celebrated each April.

She explained that today's audiences can choose from more musical genres 
and subgenres, but suggested that jazz continues both to hold its own 
audience and influence other kinds of music through its rhythms, its 
improvisation and conservatories that train budding musicians in both 
classical music and jazz.

Discussing the deep relationship between African Americans and jazz, 
Pulliam related her youthful experience with the pianist Mary Lou Williams 
(1910-1981), who played examples of slave music and its many subsequent 
evolutions on the way to bebop and other forms of modern jazz.

Pulliam offered jazz fans the names of many notable performers, both old 
and new, and recommended to collectors a number of her favorite recordings.

She explained that Jazz Appreciation Month is not state-sponsored but 
instead was founded through the efforts of John Edward Hasse, curator of 
American music at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American 

Many of Pulliam's responses included examples of jazz musicians from other 
nations. "Jazz is an international language," she said.

The Bureau of International Information Programs will host a second jazz 
webchat on April 20 at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 gmt).

The guest will be Sheila Anderson, host of the Late Night Jazz broadcast on 
station WBGO-FM in Newark, New Jersey, and 
<http://www.wbgo.org/>www.wbgo.org. To ask a question or make a comment 
during the webchat, please register at 
<mailto:usinfowebchat at state.gov>usinfowebchat at state.gov.

Source: U.S. Department of State

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