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November 20, 2014 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · 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 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · 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.
 

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

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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.
 

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October 16, 2014 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · 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.
 

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October 9, 2014 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · 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 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · 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 28, 2014 | NPR · The actor, writer and director was a staple of Mexican television comedies and children’s programs for decades.
 

November 28, 2014 | NPR · This week, a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown. Writer Syreeta McFadden turns to Audre Lorde’s poetry to make sense of this decision.
 

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead airs its midseason finale Sunday. It’s now one of TV’s most diverse shows, but critic Eric Deggans says it hasn’t always served non-white characters well.
 

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · You don’t need to have liquid nitrogen at your next cocktail party — but it’s certainly a sure-fire way to impress your guests. Expert mixologist Dave Arnold walks you through it.
 

November 28, 2014 | NPR · This week, a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown. Writer Syreeta McFadden turns to Audre Lorde’s poetry to make sense of this decision.
 

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · AMC’s hit zombie drama The Walking Dead airs its midseason finale Sunday. It’s now one of TV’s most diverse shows, but critic Eric Deggans says it hasn’t always served non-white characters well.
 

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · Our last monthly roundup of the year includes new music from Theo Parrish, Kim Ann Foxman, Romare, Helena Hauff, Afrikan Sciences, and Frank & Tony.
 

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November 28, 2014 | NPR · The Atlanta rapper — and one half of rap group Run The Jewels — wants his songs to confront heavy everyday issues with empathy: “I think our regular lives are amazing, beautiful things.”
 

November 28, 2014 | NPR · Bob Gaudio wrote most of The Four Seasons’ hits, some of which are compiled in a new anthology. He tells Fresh Air about the band’s history, including why its songs had some “anger” in them.
 

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