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Jon Seiger was 32 years old when he lost his hearing to an infection. He calls the experience “surreal.”

“Just walking through the world and breathing and not hearing your own breath all of the sudden was very odd,” he says. “And it made life feel bizarre and surreal, and I was kind of separated from the world.”

How can music be used to make social commentary? Wall Street Journal jazz critic Larry Blumenfeld is in Upstate New York to share his work with college students. His writing and research center on the intersection of jazz and social justice.

He joins us for the hour to discuss a range of issues, including “jazz in troubled times.” Our guests:

  • Larry Blumenfeld, cultural journalist and jazz critic for the Wall Street Journal
  • Bob Sneider, associate professor of jazz studies and contemporary media at the Eastman School of Music
  • Eric Grode, director of the Goldring Arts Journalism Program at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University

It's a preview of this year’s Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. We discuss this year’s lineup, and we hear from English singer Gwyneth Herbert who returns to the festival for a third time. We talk to her about her music, her career, and what’s new on the jazz scene.

Our guests:

  • Jeff Spevak, longtime Rochester arts and culture reporter
  • John Nugent, co-founder, producer, and artistic director of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
  • Glenn Tilley, audio producer and member of the production team for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
  • Gwyneth Herbert, singer and musician

Celebrating Andre Previn at 85

Oct 10, 2014

A new work by André Previn will receive its world premiere by the Eastman Wind Ensemble this evening at the Eastman School of Music. “Music for Wind Orchestra: No Strings Attached” will be performed as part of a series of events this week celebrating Mr. Previn’s 85th birthday. The all-Previn program will feature several of the composer’s chamber music pieces, and  an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Rochester will be awarded to Mr. Previn during the concert.