Jeff Koch

Jeff is a mortgage lender and graduate of the World Journalism Institute's mid-career course. He lives with his wife and their eight children in the Chicago area.

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Sara Bareilles seeks light in the limelight

Music
by Jeff Koch
Posted 1/10/14, 10:00 am

When singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles found out that her new album was nominated for Album of the Year in this year’s Grammy Awards, Bareilles simply “ran around screaming my head off,” according to an interview with MTV. She tweeted later that day, “I never in a billion million years thought I’d be nominated for Album of the Year. I’m literally shaking.” 

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Out with the old, in with the new at the Grammy's

Music
by Jeff Koch
Posted 1/03/14, 03:30 pm

The ringing in of the New Year also signals the beginning of the 2014 awards season, including music’s biggest night, the Grammy Awards, airing Jan. 26. 

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Jazz band finds new life in post-Katrina New Orleans

Music
by Jeff Koch
Posted 12/03/13, 01:15 pm

When Alan and Sandra Jaffe rolled into New Orleans in 1961, Jim Crow laws were still in effect and an African-American musician was “on the same level as a street sweeper,” their son Ben Jaffe told Green Global Travel.

The rich stock of New Orleans jazz music drew the Jaffes from their home in Pennsylvania. Having heard the music on Library of Congress recordings, they arrived to find this great musical tradition neglected and dying. So the Jaffes took an old art gallery in the French Quarter and converted it into Preservation Hall.

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