When the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union last month, the seaside town of Port Talbot in Wales eagerly went along with the move. Brexit was approved by some 57 percent of the town's residents.

Now some of them are wondering if they made the wrong decision.

The June 23 Brexit vote has raised questions about the fate of the troubled Port Talbot Works, Britain's largest surviving steel plant — a huge, steam-belching facility that has long been the town's biggest employer.

Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Cairo, completing the penultimate leg of its attempt to circumnavigate the globe using only the power of the sun.

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President Obama is challenging Americans to have an honest and open-hearted conversation about race and law enforcement. But even as he sits down at the White House with police and civil rights activists, Obama is mindful of the limits of that approach.

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Mice watching Orson Welles movies may help scientists explain human consciousness.

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This is the first in a series of essays concerning our collective future. The goal is to bring forth some of the main issues humanity faces today, as we move forward to uncertain times. In an effort to be as thorough as possible, we will consider two kinds of threats: those due to natural disasters and those that are man-made. The idea is to expose some of the dangers and possible mechanisms that have been proposed to deal with these issues. My intention is not to offer a detailed analysis for each threat — but to invite reflection and, hopefully, action.

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Montgomery Education Foundation's Brain Forest Summer Learning Academy was spotlighted Wednesday at Carver High School.  The academic-enrichment program is for rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in the Montgomery Public School system.  Community Program Director Dillion Nettles, says the program aims to prevent learning loss during summer months.  To find out how your child can participate in next summer's program visit Montgomery-ed.org

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100 Years Of Don Byas And Teddy Wilson

Nov 26, 2012
Originally published on November 26, 2012 5:31 pm

This fall marks the centennial birthday anniversaries of two all-time great improvisers, pianist Teddy Wilson and tenor saxophonist Don Byas. Born about a month apart in 1912, they're both revered by those who familiar with jazz prior to the LP era. They swung madly; they had sparkling rhythmic command; they prioritized melodic finesse and warmth.

They didn't collaborate a ton, but they certainly traveled in similar orbits. So I thought it worth considering them as peers. And like many fellow greats, they tend to crop up at many trend-setting junctures in history. Here are a few of them.

1912: Don Byas was born in Muskogee, Okla. Teddy Wilson was born in Austin, Texas (and grew up in Tuskegee, Ala.).

1933: Wilson moves to New York City, joining the Chocolate Dandies, a band led by pioneering saxophonist, trumpeter and composer-arranger Benny Carter. Previously, he had been working in Chicago, including with Louis Armstrong.

1935: Wilson joins clarinetist and big-bandleader Benny Goodman's small group. Goodman was a teen idol at the time, making this the first racially integrated touring band of prominence: Wilson and vibraphonist Lionel Hampton were black, and Goodman and drummer Gene Krupa were white.

1937: Byas moves to New York City. Within years, his first big break comes when he's hired to replace Lester Young in the Count Basie Orchestra.

1940: Wilson and Byas appear together on a Billie Holiday recording session on Sept. 12, resulting in four tunes. Wilson had already been working with Holiday for years, their careers blooming together.

1944: Byas is part of the February recordings generally recognized as the first bebop sessions, featuring Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins and Max Roach.

1945: Wilson records with bebop pioneers Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie in a one-off session for vibraphonist Red Norvo.

1946: Byas moves to Europe, where he resides permanently. Wilson takes employment as a musician for CBS Radio.

Early 1950s: Wilson starts teaching at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. Previously, he had already run a mail-order "school for pianists."

1972: Don Byas dies, age 59.

1986: Teddy Wilson dies, age 73.

Both musicians came to New York City buoyed by the many opportunities of the Swing Era, many of them involving big bands. Both also had the sheer force of talent to work with bebop musicians as they developed a revolutionary and virtuosic new style, even if it wasn't the way they grew up playing. And both found other ways to support their careers as times and tastes changed, working in institutions and foreign countries as well as touring. The story of their generation comes out in their shared histories.

The clip at the beginning features Teddy Wilson playing "Honeysuckle Rose" in a trio featuring the Count Basie drummer Jo Jones. Below is a clip of Don Byas playing "Perdido," supported by both French and American musicians. Both reflect impeccable facility and distingué mannerisms — a stride left hand; a fat tone and arpeggiated approach.

The Wilson clip is from 1963, the Byas clip from 1958. They're after many of the historical developments related above. But you can't say they aren't killin'.

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