Jazz & Blues

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September 13, 2014 | NPR · On a new tribute to Waller, Moran explores his subject’s many contradictions: “The son of a preacher, the man who likes to drink, the man who finds his sorrow but expresses it through comedy.”
 

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September 4, 2014 | NPR · One of Europe’s biggest jazz stars, pianist Stefano Bollani is also a TV personality, a published author and, his friends attest, a skilled impressionist.
 

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September 4, 2014 | NPR · Turner’s new quartet album Lathe of Heaven gets its name from Ursula K. LeGuin’s novel. A lot of action happens at thoughtful medium tempos, and there’s beautiful dissonance in the two-horn harmonies.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · The tuba was the first bass instrument in jazz, until it was replaced by the string bass. For nearly 50 years, Bob Stewart has been trying to carve out a new niche for his instrument in modern jazz.
 

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August 24, 2014 | NPR · The late-’50s detective series Peter Gunn was popular, but Henry Mancini’s music for it became iconic. NPR’s Linda Wertheimer finds out what makes the jazzy score so indelible.
 

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August 7, 2014 | NPR · The virtuoso jazz musicians perform from their new album of duets. It features hymns based on a tradition called shape-note singing, which dates to the early 1800s.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Since its inception in 1954, the event has survived rainstorms, genre wars and a few near-riots. Producer George Wein says it survives for the same reason jazz does — the musicians love to perform.
 

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July 19, 2014 | NPR · The jazz pianist recovered from a coma in 2008 and was back on stage the next year. He hasn’t slowed down since, and this month brings his latest album, a trio recording called Floating.
 

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July 18, 2014 | NPR · “You have to see your unimportance before you can see your importance and your significance to the world,” Haden told Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross in 1992. The bassist died on July 11.
 

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July 15, 2014 | NPR · On an assured debut, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio pivots from jazz’s bygone eras into the hyperlinked modern age and back again.
 

 

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · The air attacks on Islamic State forces were requested by Iraqi security forces engaged in combat south of Baghdad.
 

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · The parliament voted to strengthen economic ties with the EU beginning in 2016. It also approved a deal to allow self-rule in some separatist-held areas, a move likely to be rejected by the rebels.
 

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · But most Americans are far from clear as to what this “ISIL” monster is, other than a few shadowy, portentous figures on disturbing videotapes.
 

Arts & Life

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · Also: recently discovered letters by Jack Kerouac; Will Self doesn’t like hipsters.
 

September 16, 2014 | NPR · Musician John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats tries his hand at fiction in Wolf in White Van, the story of a disfigured genius who creates an immersive roleplaying game set in an imagined world.
 

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September 15, 2014 | NPR · The musicians and artists of Baghdad work under a government that prefers religious festivals to classical concerts. But with a little cunning, they’re finding ways to keep the arts alive.
 

Music

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September 16, 2014 | NPR · Cave is the subject of a different kind of rock documentary called 20,000 Days on Earth, which attempts to debunk the creative process for what Cave says it actually is: “just hard labor.”
 

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September 15, 2014 | KCRW · Hear new music from Aphex Twin, Flying Lotus, and Redinho in a two-hour EDM mix from Jason Bentley.
 

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September 15, 2014 | NPR · The roots-folk band, led by Dashboard Confessional singer Chris Carrabba, performs live in concert.
 

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