Jazz & Blues

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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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February 15, 2015 | NPR · A veteran of both music and medicine, Henderson got his first trumpet lesson from Louis Armstrong, played in Herbie Hancock’s band and once had Thelonious Monk as a patient.
 

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February 8, 2015 | NPR · There are no Parker tunes on the sax player’s latest album, Bird Calls, but it’s a tribute nonetheless.
 

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January 31, 2015 | NPR · Krall’s new album is a collection of songs she first heard on vinyl, from The Mamas & the Papas to the Eagles. She discusses getting know the originals and sharing music with her twin sons.
 

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January 23, 2015 | NPR · The vibraphonist performs a set of tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington and others.
 

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January 14, 2015 | NPR · The bassist, host of NPR’s new program Jazz Night In America, talks to Audie Cornish about two exciting new jazz records, as well as two birthdays he says he can’t wait to celebrate.
 

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December 31, 2014 | NPR · At 84, the acclaimed jazz pianist is still recording and touring. Among his many achievements is one that often eludes even the most beloved jazz artists: mainstream popularity.
 

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December 27, 2014 | NPR · McNeil suffered from a neural disorder that prevented him from performing for decades at a time. But thanks to a medical study, he’s regained enough coordination to form a new band, called Hush Point.
 

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December 7, 2014 | NPR · Half a century ago, the saxophonist and his band stepped into the studio to lay down the tracks of what would become his most important statement: The “love supreme” in the title refers to God’s love.
 

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November 30, 2014 | NPR · Singer Sheila Jordan, who leaped to fame in George Russell’s version of “You Are My Sunshine,” recalls her dirt-poor childhood and the thrill of hearing Charlie Parker play through a club’s back door.
 

 

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February 26, 2015 | NPR · Val James became the first American-born black player in the NHL in 1982. He ensured vicious racism, including fans throwing bananas on the ice. After 30 years in silence he is talking about it now.
 

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February 26, 2015 | NPR · Five men are charged with planning the Sept. 11 attacks. When they appear for proceedings in Guantanamo Bay, people who lost loved ones that day are flown down to the courtroom to bear witness.
 

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February 26, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Kelly McEvers talks to journalist Laura Kasinof about her memoir on her experience reporting in Yemen during the Arab Spring called, Don’t Be Afraid of the Bullets.
 

February 26, 2015 | NPR · Small, who died this week at 77, was one of a group of authors who helped transform romance in the 1970s from a relatively tame, demure genre to the bold, bawdy books that sell by the millions today.
 

February 26, 2015 | NPR · The new CBS show about two very mismatched investigative partners plays like a comedy. The characters are complicated and surprising, and the dialogue is crisp and quick. It’s “a lot of fun to watch.”
 

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February 26, 2015 | NPR · The show’s distinctive score is the work of Jeff Beal, who ushers viewers into its clandestine, manipulative and sometimes violent world by breaking a few musical rules.
 

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February 26, 2015 | NPR · See the trippy new video for “Rainbow” from People Get Ready’s album Physiques.
 

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February 26, 2015 | NPR · The Montreal band mines the built-in tension between its many sources of effervescence and the darker shading in its words and backgrounds.
 

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