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The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra will perform at the Library of Congress's Coolidge Auditorium this Friday. Schneider will give a pre-concert talk and also will lead a workshop with the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Blues and the Levine Music Premier Jazz Combo in the Auditorium on Saturday at 2 p.m. Preparing to bring her band to the Library of Congress on Friday,  Schneider discussed her latest release - The Thompson Fields, with us and said "I wrote this piece after climbing to the top of a silo and looking out over the fields in southwest Minnesota where I'm from. There's a metal ladder on the outside. My old friend Tony Thompson and I climbed that ladder to the top on a very windy day several years ago. We saw these huge ripples running through these dark green beans, like wave patterns moving across a sea. We could see for miles across all the houses and roads I'd known as a kid. I could see all these little parts of my life connected into a whole."  The Thompson Fields won the Grammy for best large jazz ensemble album.

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