Oberlin vocal instructor La Tanya Hall (foreground) and student Diana Gruber (on monitor) meet in two “real-time” rooms.

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Oberlin Emphasizes Safety

What Does on-campus instruction look like and feel like during the pandemic? As students across the nation headed back to campus for the fall semester, DownBeat decided to check…

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​Gil Evans (1912–1988)

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The Birth Of Cool: Gil Evans

Among jazzmen, particularly player-writers, Gil Evans is uniquely admired.

“For my taste,” Miles Davis says, “he’s the best. I haven’t heard anything that knocks me out as consistently as he does since I first heard Charlie Parker.”

Coincident with Miles’ recent tribute, Capitol released a few weeks ago the first complete collection of those 1949–’50 Davis combo sides which were to influence deeply one important direction of modern chamber jazz—Birth Of The Cool.

Evans was perhaps the primary background factor in making…

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