Today in Music: A look back at pop music

Today's musical birthdays include comedian/bandleader Phil Harris, a regular on "The Jack Benny Show," who was born in 1906; Mick Fleetwood in 1942 (age 60); Jeff Beck and Arthur Brown of the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, both in 1944 (age 58); Traffic's C
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Today in Music: A look back at pop music

This is the Today in Music advance package, June 22 through June 28.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is May 2. Singer-actor Bing Crosby was born this day in Tacoma, Wash., in 1904. He made some terrific straight-ahead swing jazz recordings in the early 1930s ...
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is April 10. Nat "King" Cole was attacked and beaten by a mob of racists while on stage at Municipal Hall in Birmingham, Ala., in 1956.

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Over the course of its roughly century-old existence jazz has shown a remarkable ability to adapt itself to the changing contours of contemporary music while ma
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is Feb. 26. Tenor saxophonist Flip Phillips was born this day in 1915 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He worked in the 1940s with Benny Goodman, Woody Herman and Red Norvo, and toured for 10 years with the Jazz at the Philharmonic, ...
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Chris Wood
Scenic artist Chris Wood paints speakers to match the grass for the Capitol Fourth 2007 Holiday Concert as singer Hayden Panettiere's mother photographs the rehearsal in Washington on June 3, 2007. (UPI Photo/ Dominic Bracco II)

Chris Wood is an English folk musician and composer who plays fiddle, viola and guitar, and sings. He is an ardent enthusiast for traditional English dance music (with a background in English church music), including Morris and other rituals and ceremonies, but his repertoire also includes much French folk music and traditional Québécois material. He has worked for many years in a duo with button accordion/melodeon player Andy Cutting: Wood & Cutting are one of the most influential acts on the English folk music scene. Q Magazine gave their "Live at Sidmouth" album four stars and put the duo "at the forefront of the latest wave of British music acts". One of his first recordings was playing bass and percussion on "Jack's Alive" (1980) the first album by the Oysterband (at that time called the Oyster Ceilidh Band).

Wood is also a member of the acclaimed Wood, Wilson & Carthy, with Roger Wilson and Martin Carthy. Wood & Cutting, together with piano accordionist Karen Tweed and guitarist Ian Carr, make up the Two Duos Quartet, who have made one album "Half as happy as we". With John Dipper on fiddle and Robert Harbron on concertinas, he is part of the English Acoustic Collective. This is also the name of an organisation which Wood set up in 1999 to link the many threads of his teaching activities, including summer schools based at Ruskin Mill near Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.

Other projects include "Listening to the River" (a concert project which interweaves recordings of dialect and oral history from the area around the River Medway with live music) and "Glassblower", described as "an industrial ballet".

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