Bill Dean played for the Texas Tech baseball team when he attended the university.
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A Farewell to Bill Dean

If you’ve spent any time around Texas Tech the past few decades, you’ve likely heard of or met Bill Dean. The man who’s led the university’s alumni association since 1978 and taught journalism for 51 years. He is retiring at the end of this month. His years around campus have garnered him numerous awards and recognitions.

Now, though, he’s getting ready to simplify his life. He will continue to be an associate professor and teach in the College of Media and Communications.

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Bless Me Ultima and First Friday Art Trail

The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts is offering special activities at the First Friday Art Trail and the following Saturday. Lindsey Maestri and Jordan Canal visit with Clint on this episode of The Front Row to share more.

Lindsey tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am the interim Executive Director here at LHUCA. I am not originally a Lubbock native, but moved here two years ago and have really enjoyed my time in Lubbock.

Jordan, tell...

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This segment, from Jan. 18, 2008, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances. Here, we remember an Americana legend and drummer for the '60s rock group The Band, Levon Helm, who died in 2012.

Levon Helm first picked up a guitar at age 8, but soon switched to drums. Though best known as the famous drummer for the rock group The Band, Helm continued to influence music with his collaborations and solo works.

Melissa Walker On Piano Jazz

May 15, 2009

Marian McPartland recalls meeting singer Melissa Walker for the first time in the "powder room" at Birdland. McPartland was immediately taken with the young singer's glowing personality — and she probably heard hints of Walker's warm and rich vocals in the few words they exchanged that night.

"She's got such a wonderful voice," recalls McPartland. "The tunes she did aren't heard too often, they were very well done though. I enjoyed that session."

It's a rare thing to have three pianists at three pianos in one studio. But given the marriage of keyboard masters Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, host Marian McPartland thought it was a perfect opportunity to expand the Piano Jazz format with two of today's most gifted players as her guests.

Hod O'Brien On Piano Jazz

Jan 26, 2009

On the drive from his home in Charlottesville, Va., to the Manhattan studios of Piano Jazz, pianist Hod O'Brien was inspired to compose an original tune in honor of the occasion. By the time he'd arrived, he'd worked out a swinging little ditty in his head, so he kicked off this session with a tune he called "Clarion for Marian."

"His playing was wonderful," recalls host Marian McPartland. "And I really enjoyed playing on Charlie Parker ['Now's The Time'] with Hod. I thought it came off very well."


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