Review: With Original Lineup, Blur Returns to New York in Punky Form

At their first concert in the city in 15 years, the Britpop flag-bearers put an aggressive spin on new songs and old hits at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.






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The Week Ahead: ‘The Eternal Road’ by Kurt Weill, Revisited at Carnegie Hall

Performances also include the American premiere of David Philip Hefti’s “Monumentum” at Lincoln Center and works by Sofia Gubaidulina at Columbia’s Miller Theater.






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Marty Napoleon, 93, Dies; Jazz Pianist Played With Louis Armstrong

Mr. Napoleon was a self-taught musician whose career began in earnest with the orchestra led by Chico Marx of the Marx Brothers.






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Lounge Performer, Nearing 100, Has 88 Keys to the Good Life

Irving Fields, a piano player at the Park Lane Hotel, is 99 years old, but still performs and promotes himself the way he did as a 14-year-old in the late 1920s.






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Rolf Smedvig, Trumpeter in the Empire Brass, Dies at 62

A former member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Smedvig helped found the wide-ranging Empire Brass quintet.






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Tidal, Music Streaming Service, Seeks Footing After a Stumble

Music and technology executives say that it is far too early to judge Tidal, particularly given the expected arrival of Apple’s new streaming service.






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Playlist: Eve Risser, Van Hunt, Casey J and William Basinski Exceed Boundaries

New releases from the French pianist Eve Risser, the neo-soul specialist Van Hunt, the gospel singer Casey J and the avant-garde composer William Basinski.

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The Search for New York Philharmonic’s Next Maestro

As Alan Gilbert prepares to step aside, it is important to keep in mind that the players of an orchestra are not necessarily the best judges of what their institution needs from a music director.

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