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Caption: Pee Wee Russell, Credit: William P. Gottlieb
Pee Wee Russell, who asserted a part-Cherokee background, stands as one of most innovative clarinet players in jazz.

  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Max Roach, Credit: Albert Kok
Best known as a bebop player, Max Roach (of Tuscarora ancestry) was named a National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master in 1984.

  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Oscar Pettiford, Credit: William P. Gottlieb
Oscar Pettiford (whose mother was full-blooded Choctaw and father, half Cherokee) was one of the top bassists during the 1940's and 50's.

  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Jim Pepper
The son of a Creek mother and Kaw father, saxophonist Jim Pepper grew up surrounded by the songs and dances of inter-tribal powwows. Pepper was a ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Charlie Parker, Credit: William P. Gottlieb
A leading figure in the development of bebop, Charlie Parker (of Choctaw ancestry), is regarded as the greatest saxophonist of all time.

  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Thelonius Monk, Credit: William P. Gottlieb
Of Tuscarora ancestry, Thelonious Monk was one of the most inventive pianists of any musical genre. Dubbed the “High Priest of Bebop”, Monk introd...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Charles Lloyd, Credit: Dorothy Darr
Program notes for the 2015 National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master Awards Ceremony describe Charles Lloyd as “one of the key figures in the expa...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: John Lewis, Credit: Bert Verhoeff
John Lewis was of Cherokee and Comanche lineage and is best known as the musical director and leader of the Modern Jazz Quartet.

  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Illinois Jacquet, Credit: William Paul Gottlieb
Jean Baptiste Jacquet is better known by his nickname, Illinois, which was given to him by his Sioux mother and comes from the Indian word “Illiniw...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Dizzy Gillespie, Credit: Roland Godefroy
Dizzy Gillespie (of Cheraw descent), was one of the most influential players in the history of jazz. He was named a National Endowment of the Arts ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington (whose maternal grandmother was Cherokee) is regarded by many as the most influential composer in the history of jazz. And, as head ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Miles Davis, Credit: All About Jazz
Widely considered one of the most influential and consistently innovative musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis (of Cherokee ancestry) pointed...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Don Cherry, Credit: All About Jazz
Don Cherry, of Choctaw ancestry, was one of the most lyrical and unique voices in jazz. Emphasizing expression and musical communication over speed...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman, whose family ties reach back to the Occaneechee Tribe of North Carolina, was largely self-taught. His music has weathered the test...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
Caption: Dave Brubeck, Credit: Associated Press
Dave Brubeck, whose father was of Medoc descent, was one of the most active and popular jazz musicians in the world. His experiments with odd time ...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2016
  • Length: 05:00
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In a dynamic musical exchange, our guide Chickasaw composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate travels to New Zealand to meet up with contemporary Maori ...

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, WGTE FM 91, WABE, WFMT Station Account, KMUN and more


  • Added: Oct 21, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:30
  • Purchases: 23
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For American Indian and Maori composers, the sound of traditional instruments has been a potent source of inspiration. Whether played by Sioux, Com...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, WGTE FM 91, WABE, WFMT Station Account and more


  • Added: Oct 20, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:30
  • Purchases: 25
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Composers from Vivaldi to Beethoven to Bartok have created music inspired by the natural world. As our world becomes ever more urbanized, composers...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, Rhythm & News Service, WGTE FM 91, WABE, WFMT Station Account and more


  • Added: Oct 13, 2015
  • Length: 01:58:30
  • Purchases: 25
Caption: The Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hokulea, Credit: Courtesy Oiwi TV & the Polynesian Voyaging Society
A Hawaiian voyaging canoe is sailing around the world using the ancient art of wayfinding, navigating without instruments, as part of a global move...

  • Added: May 23, 2014
  • Length: 04:19
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Doris Stengel grew up on the North Dakota prairie, and then moved to the woods and lakes of Minnesota. She's been a high school teacher and has men...

  • Added: Sep 05, 2013
  • Length: 04:49
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Alyssa Joy is a student at Bemidji State University who is from North Minneapolis. Her poetry is an exploration of the painful struggle of human ex...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2013
  • Length: 02:22
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Doris Stengel grew up on the North Dakota prairie, and then moved to the woods and lakes of Minnesota. She's been a high school teacher and has men...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2013
  • Length: 02:19
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Anne Dunn is an Ojibwe storyteller, writer, and poet. Following Paul Wellstone's death she wrote this poem to honor his legacy.

  • Added: Oct 31, 2012
  • Length: 02:03
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Sonya Kosler is a poet who lives in Dent, Minnesota. She belongs to the Lakes Area Story Guild, the National Storytelling Network, and the Northlan...

  • Added: Oct 24, 2012
  • Length: 02:43
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Lorie Yourd is a retired educator and a dedicated advocate for the arts living in the Bemidji area. Here she reads her poem "Broadband." The Beat i...

  • Added: Oct 23, 2012
  • Length: 02:47