"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters, and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she made disparaging comments about him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb" comments about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.

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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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Martin Bejerano Trio On JazzSet

Apr 19, 2012

Martin Bejerano received a Chamber Music America commission to compose a New Jazz Work in the summer of 2010. He had proposed a long-form composition that would show how — in the tradition of Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Oscar Peterson — Bejerano could put forth an energetic sound for his own trio, without just playing fast and loud. Melody, harmony and rhythm would move at different speeds and intensities.

Out of the 121 composers who applied, nine were chosen. This time on JazzSet, we're at Symphony Space for the Martin Bejerano Trio, as it performs his Potential Energy Suite. From a spinning figure unspooling and recoiling through a slow-floating movement with subtle changes at different depths, through fast, forward-rushing improvised lines and rhythms, Bejerano organized the suite in three movements: "Potential," "Transformation," "Kinetic." It's like a sonata that grooves.

Bejerano wrote for his excellent, close-knit Miami-New York trio with Edward Perez (bass) and Ludwig Afonso (drums). A graduate of Florida State, Bejerano is on the faculty at Frost School of Music within the University of Miami. He's also a charter member of Roy Haynes' Fountain of Youth Band, and we open and close with that group from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Martin Bejerano has said that working with Haynes for almost a decade is a fantastic experience, and nothing will ever top it. The piano-drummer hookup is a potent subject for Bejerano. He told JazzSet that he thinks it was especially important historically, right after bebop — in the early Miles Davis groups with Wynton Kelly and Philly Joe Jones, for example. And he wants more of it today:

The connection between drums and piano was a huge thing. It's something I don't get so much anymore. When I'm playing with other drummers, I'm listening to every little thing the drummer does. I'm trying to guess what he's going to play next, and trying to hook up or play the same rhythms or play off his rhythms, basically have a dialog. That, to me, is the entirely fun thing about playing jazz and playing in a rhythm section.

Now, how you do that is tricky [b]ecause it's a subtle and intricate thing, your sense of rhythm and sense of time. The way people subdivide rhythm or think about rhythm or the time feel, some people play a little back, some people play on the edge, some people land right in the middle, some people push and pull at times. Roy is the most famous one ever for doing that, for having a fluid sense of time. It's not about being a metronome for Roy. It's about [letting] the time and rhythm breathe.


Potential Energy Suite is made possible with support from Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development Program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Surround Sound mixes by Duke Markos.

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