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V&B: Miles Davis and The Making of Kind of Blue Part I

It was an amazing evening at the Cactus Cafe September 20th, when KUT’s Views and Brews discussed Miles Davis and the Making of Kind of Blue: Jazz and the Art of Indirection.  Miles Davis was known as the master of understatement. In his seminal work, Kind of Blue (1959), he helped to define a concept…

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V&B: Billie Holiday and The Art of Persona

Billie Holiday once said, “No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music.” In a recent Views and Brews from KUT radio recorded live at the Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas we explored just that with Billie Holiday and the Art of Persona. Listen…

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V&B: The Life and Legacy of Edith Piaf

Poet and historian Bette Oliver discusses Piaf’s life; from her impoverished childhood raised in a Paris brothel by her grandmother, to her turbulent career as a street singer and her ultimate legacy as the voice which embodied the idea of French resilience and passion in the wake of the destruction caused by WWII.

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