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November 20, 2014 | · A pianist who brought bebop to New Orleans and an educator to generations of music students, the elder Marsalis has become a father figure of modern jazz to more than just his famous sons.

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November 18, 2014 | · What would it sound like if someone bridged the gap between large ensemble jazz and classic hip-hop anthems? One multi-generational group of musicians has made it their aim to find out.

November 18, 2014 | WGBH · Watch the Alabama soul band’s earthshaking performance of the opening track from its debut album, Half The City.

November 9, 2014 | NPR · The Grammy award-winning ensemble will open the first concert of its 70th anniversary season with Beethoven’s ninth symphony, the “Ode to Joy.”

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November 4, 2014 | NPR · For a couple years now BJ The Chicago Kid has been the answer when rappers need a little help baring their souls. Watch him step into the spotlight at NPR Music’s show during CMJ.

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October 28, 2014 | NPR · Led by singer Augusta Koch and her bright blue hair, the Philadelphia punk band performs most of the songs from its melodic debut album, Nervous Like Me, during NPR Music’s recent CMJ show.

October 16, 2014 | · In the late 1960s, saxophonist Wayne Shorter wrote a series of pieces for trumpeter Miles Davis and orchestra. They were never recorded — until Wallace Roney played them at the Detroit Jazz Festival.

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October 16, 2014 | NPR · Join us live at 8:30 p.m. ET for a video webcast featuring rising R&B stars Elle Varner and B.J. The Chicago Kid, the ethereal-yet-energetic Lia Ices and Philly punk trio Cayetana.

October 9, 2014 | · After decades off the scene, the old-school virtuoso pianist and singer is re-establishing himself in New York. Every week, he welcomes guest performers to one of the city’s smallest rooms.

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October 8, 2014 | · Wallace Roney presents the lost large-ensemble works of Wayne Shorter, originally written for Miles Davis in the 1960s. Plus, music from Detroit native Regina Carter leads things off.


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November 21, 2014 | NPR · Madagascar reports hundreds of plague cases each year. Health officials are concerned that this year’s outbreak could grow rapidly now that it has reached a densely-populated city.

November 21, 2014 | NPR · Monday night’s game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets is being played in Michigan, and tickets are being given away at no charge. Some Bills players began their trips on snowmobiles.

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November 21, 2014 | NPR · The final report by the House Intelligence Committee concludes the CIA “ensured sufficient security for CIA facilities in Benghazi and … bravely assisted the State Department” on Sept. 11, 2012.

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November 21, 2014 | NPR · President Obama announced an executive action on immigration this week. For an in-depth look at the issue, author Gustavo Arellano recommends two nonfiction collections about Mexican immigrants.

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November 21, 2014 | NPR · Cumberbatch stars in The Imitation Game, as the British mathematician who helped break German codes. “It’s a war thriller, it’s a love story and a tragic testament to a genius wronged,” he says.

November 21, 2014 | NPR · You don’t have to leave all the cooking for Thursday. We offer tips for getting most of the meal ready in advance so you can sleep in a little later on the big day.


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November 21, 2014 | NPR · Blanton sits down with host Michael Feinstein to discuss what makes a song memorable. Blanton performs her own “Smoke Alarm,” and Feinstein joins in for the standard “Two Sleepy People.”

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November 21, 2014 | NPR · Coltrane and host Marian McPartland discuss his family’s musical heritage and his individual approach to music, with performances of “Naima” and Giant Steps,” in a session from 2000.

November 21, 2014 | NPR · Our recurring puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring a selection of drum fills handpicked by All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton. Hear the fill and match it to the song.

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