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Breath of Fresh Air –

Watch Nicole Mitchell and her Black Earth Ensemble perform "Afrika Rising" on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2003.

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A Living Legend – "Honeyboy" Performs

Honeyboy performs Robert Petway's "Catfish Blues" in this excerpt from the documentary Honeyboy.

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Timeless Innovators – Adventures in Experimental Music

Watch members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians perform at the temple of experimental jazz, the Velvet Lounge.

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Stardust Melodies – An Ensemble of International Reputation

Find out how what was once "just a rehearsal band" became known as one of the finest Jazz Orchestras in the nation.

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Made in Japan – Art in the Family

Find out how Tatsu Aoki's early life shaped his career in music.

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Beauty Rises: Four Lives in the Arts – Beauty Rises, an Introduction

Meet the subjects of Beauty Rises: Four Lives in the Arts.

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Freebop Now! – Bop Along

Watch Malachi Thompson's Freebop Band perform during Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2001.

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Orbert Davis – Composing and Rehearsing

Orbert Davis composes at home, then rehearses with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.

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Orbert Davis – Fond Memories

Orbert Davis reminisces with math teacher Charles Danish about the role the educator played in his musical development.

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The School of Cool – Grand Finale

Watch as Janice Borla's students prepare their rousing numbers to close out the jazz camp.

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Timeless Innovators – Handing Down the Sound

Join founders of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians as they recall the origins of the group, as the next generation of members continues to challenge audiences with experimental sounds.

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Degrees in Bop – Jazz Jam

Watch New Arts perform as a quintet in 2004, on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage.

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Jazz Around Town – Jazz Links

Find out about The Jazz Institute of Chicago's strong commitment to nurturing young players through their "Jazz Links" program- and watch these young players blow!

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Stardust Melodies – Jazz in Concert

Vocalist Frieda Lee performs Billy Strayhorn's "Something to Live For" in concert with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.

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Journey Through Jazz – Journey of African Rhythms

Join storyteller Maggie Brown as she traces the journey of African rhythms through work songs and spirituals to jazz and blues in a clip from Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage from 2005.

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Blues You Can Use – Jumping Jam

Watch Corky Siegel play "The Unfinished Jump" with the West End String Quartet and percussionist Frank Donaldson on the inaugural broadcast of Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2001.

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Orbert Davis – Meet Orbert Davis

Does musician Orbert Davis have any free time?

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Pedestrian Poetry – Musical Memories

Watch Street Sounds perform as David Hernandez reads from his poem, Armitage Street, where he juxtaposes the street's new middle-class status to memories of its heavily working-class Puerto Rican past.

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Expanding Horizons – No Stranger to Music

Listen to the New Horizons Ensemble as they perform "Stranger" on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2002.

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Orbert Davis – Orbert Davis Performs

Join Orbert Davis as he performs his composition "Priority" on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2005.

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Orbert Davis – Orbert Davis Story

Orbert Davis visits his hometown of Momence,IL, and conducts a rehearsal at Lorenzo Smith Elementary in Hopkins Park.

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Hot Jazz, Cool Breeze – Swingin' on the South Shore

Discover what brings jazz fans back to the South Shore Cultural Center for Jazzfest Heritage Weekend.

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Blues on the Banks – They Don't Play No Rock'n Roll

Kick up your heels and let the music at the Rock Island Elks Club soothe your soul, courtesy of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society.

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Out of This World – Watch Boykin Perform with the David Boykin Expanse

Watch Boykin perform with the David Boykin Expanse on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2006.

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Elegance and Verve – Watch Delin Perform

Watch Diane Delin and her band perform her original composition "New Boots" on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2006.

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