Jazz & Blues

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April 20, 2015 | NPR · Saxophonist Charles Lloyd has built his career on merging musical styles, places and times. For his latest album, the newly minted NEA Jazz Master worked in two old European instruments.

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April 11, 2015 | NPR · Inspired by a Uruguayan author’s three-volume history of the Americas, jazz pianist and composer Myra Melford has written a suite for her new quintet.

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April 11, 2015 | NPR · “I wanted to show another side of my passion,” says 25-year-old Hailey Niswanger, whose new album PDX Soul is a departure from her previous straight-ahead jazz albums.

April 9, 2015 | NPR · The longtime piano accompanist and musical director accidentally broke the hit “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.” But he was also the driving force behind the style Bennett is best known for.

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April 7, 2015 | NPR · Most artists belong to their times. But Holiday, born 100 years ago Tuesday, fits in the present.

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April 5, 2015 | NPR · On Coming Forth By Day, one of today’s premier jazz singers pays an imaginative tribute to one of her idols, born 100 years ago. As Wilson says, a simple imitation “would be almost insulting.”

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March 14, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Arun Rath had been dying to interview the renowned jazz drummer for years. When he got the chance, it turned out Heath had some questions for him, as well.

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March 12, 2015 | NPR · Jazz Night In America host Christian McBride introduces two embodiments of musical versatility from the Pacific Northwest: trombonist Julian Priester and vocalist Ernestine Anderson.

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March 8, 2015 | NPR · Be it progressive metal bands like Tool and Meshuggah or a 19th-century poet who died at 21, jazz artist Tigran Hamaysan mines all kinds of influences to arrive at a signature sound.

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February 22, 2015 | NPR · A member of the Count Basie and Duke Ellington Orchestras, Terry also enjoyed a long freelance career which included jazz education and a featured slot in NBC’s Tonight Show band. He was 94.


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April 21, 2015 | NPR · The pair are among the boat’s 28 survivors; the UN says more than 800 would-be migrants died after cramming themselves onto the 66-foot boat.

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April 21, 2015 | NPR · The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called it “a complex and ongoing multistate outbreak of listeriosis occurring over an extended period of several years.”

April 21, 2015 | NPR · Michel Martin is hosting a conversation about education in New Orleans, ten years after Hurricane Katrina sparked a transformation of public schools there. Add your voice at #NOLASCHOOLS.

Arts & Life

April 21, 2015 | NPR · Journalist Åsne Seierstad’s new book retells the story of Norway’s Anders Breivik, from his troubled, violent childhood to his 2011 killing spree. Critic Michael Schaub calls it a painful masterpiece.

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April 21, 2015 | NPR · In her new novel, Pleasantville, and on TV’s Empire, Locke does her best to avoid simple stories. “You do some good stuff and you do some bad stuff,” she says. “We exist in the middle.”

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April 20, 2015 | NPR · Five years after the BP oil spill, the public has stopped asking whether seafood from the Gulf is safe to eat. But now there’s a supply issue, and fishermen worry about the future of their industry.


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April 21, 2015 | NPR · “I would like to kill the nicest man in the world,” guitarist Jesse Matthewson yells maniacally in the cold open to this three-minute tube screamer.

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April 21, 2015 | WXPN · Watch the 10-piece “Gulf Coast soul” band explode with energy behind singer Kam Franklin.

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April 20, 2015 | NPR · The composer is the second from the new-music collective Bang on a Can to win the award with a choral work. Her oratorio explores the lives of coal miners and their families a century ago.

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