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Award Tour: Michael Bourne Reflects on a Cavalcade of Honors in Montreal

“I think this was a vintage year,” said Andre Menard, one of the founders of Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, and a friend of mine for 25 years.

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Vocalist Claudia Acuña discovered the full swing of imagination in music at a young age, growing up in Chile. Early inspiration came from a diverse range of artists: Violeta Parra, Michael Jackson, Mozart. Acuña then found herself drawn to jazz and its limitless freedom of expression. During a recent conversation with Sheila Anderson, the Chilean singer, songwriter and arranger shared her story.

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Did you know there was a vibrant jazz scene in Romania? We certainly didn't — until witnessing it firsthand, on the ground at the Bucharest Jazz Festival. Let us introduce you to A-C Leonte, a jazz-trained singer and violinist now veering into the realm of electronica.


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Former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy picks Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver to be his Lieutenant Governor on November’s Democratic gubernatorial ticket.

“Sheila Oliver shares my vision for a state that once again is fair, is just, is welcoming, is inclusive, and has an economy that not only grows, but ensures that everyone can participate in that growth,” Murphy said.  “Sheila has the breadth of experience needed to meaningfully contribute to turn our state around.”

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Over 60 films are screening at various locations across Red Bank, New Jersey this week.  Along with those movies are a string of community events.  Jay Webb co-founder of the Indie Street Film Festival says they find creative ways for moviegoers to mingle with filmmakers.

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Green Party candidate for Governor Seth Kaper-Dale says 3rd parties have a history of underperforming in elections, but in this case, he likes his chances against the Democrat and Republican choices.

“I only have to go up against two people and one of them is a Goldman Sachs poster boy, and the other is a Chris Christie poster girl.  We should be able to beat those two,” Kaper-Dale said.

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Sam Schwartz is known worldwide as Gridlock Sam, a nickname the media gave him for his role in drawing up ways to navigate the congested corners of New York City. He designed the traffic patterns around the Barclay Center in Brooklyn the streets around The World Trade Center, and engineered traffic circles in Aruba.

Schwartz started his life in traffic as a cab driver in Brooklyn, dodging the other yellow cabs before landing a job in city government, eventually becoming New York City’s traffic commissioner.

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