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Jazz Is Dying, Again and Again

Though I didn’t see Terry Teachout’s ominous look at the state of jazz in 2009 when it originally ran in the August 9 issue of the Wall Street Journal, in the week and a half since then it’s been hard to miss the hubbub the story has caused. Armed with statistics from a recent National […]

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Rocco Landesman to visit Peoria

Earlier this week, I borrowed an old vaudeville expression to ask whether newly installed National Endowment for the Arts chair Rocco Landesman “will play in Peoria.” Apparently he’s going to try. On Tuesday, August 11—his first day on the job—Landesman contacted Kathy Chitwood, executive director of the Eastlight Theatre in East Peoria, responding to her […]

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NEA chair Rocco Landesman speaks out

Back in May, I blogged about Rocco Landesman’s nomination as chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts. I noted that Landesman, a veteran Broadway and regional-theater producer, had operated the Royal George Theatre here back in the 1990s, where he mounted the Chicago premiere of Angels in America. (That production, by the way, was […]