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Bridging history and future with the blues

With 13 siblings, Mac Arnold’s family couldn’t afford to buy a guitar. He and his brother built their own out of a gas can, bits of wood, nails, and wire from a screen door. The rest is history.

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About finding your voice

Remember that moment in school that terrified you? For Dawn Anthony, it was 4th grade and it was the moment she discovered her voice.

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Pursuit of a passion

Success does not happen overnight, rather it is a process over a lifetime, says saxophonist Steve Wilson. His long list of accomplishments include over 150 recordings, tours all over the U.S and Europe, a teaching position at Juilliard, and his most recent album release. He says he continues to captivate audiences because he continues to learn and grow.

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Raised on jazz

High School senior Lovell Bradford Jr has had a memorable month. He received 3rd place in the coveted Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artist Competition and Wynton Marsalis knows him by first name. With a scholarship to UNC Greensboro in music, he is looking forward to keep up the momentum. Meanwhile, his experiences in music at his age are inspiration for all of us.

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Apr 2019 Corey Wilkes trumpeter

Corey Wilkes talks about the heart of good music

One thing about trumpet. I don’t know anyone who picked trumpet. The trumpet picks you. We caught up with Corey Wilkes between his European tour and his standing Thursday gig in Chicago.

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