Jazz & Blues

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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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July 13, 2014 | NPR · The long-defunct Impulse Records is staking its future on pianist Henry Butler. The label relaunches this month, for a second time, with a collaboration between Butler and trumpeter Steven Bernstein.
 

July 11, 2014 | NPR · Polio damaged Haden’s voice when he was young, but as a bassist and composer, he helped shape the sound of jazz and spanned country and gospel. He died Friday at 76.
 

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July 7, 2014 | NPR · “Maybe black male singers are not supposed to sing about love,” Eckstine said. “You’re supposed to sing about hurt.” Born 100 years ago this week, he ushered in a new era of modern jazz.
 

 

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September 2, 2014 | OZY · A growing grass-roots movement aims to establish paid sick leave in the U.S., enjoying some success at the city and state level. The issue is already playing big in 2014 political races.
 

September 2, 2014 | NPR · The Pentagon said it was still “assessing the results of the operation.” Local Somali officials said the U.S. airstrikes hit near a meeting of the al-Qaida affiliated group.
 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · A company called WTAS is reviving the defunct accounting firm’s name and hoping clients have forgotten its associations with the Enron scandal.
 

Arts & Life

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy comes to an end with Acceptance; reviewer Jason Sheehan says it’s a maddening, fascinating read that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.
 

September 1, 2014 | NPR · The process of becoming a man isn’t always an easy one, but poet Saeed Jones says that reading Real Man Adventures by T Cooper, can make the journey more joyful.
 

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September 1, 2014 | NPR · Until Guardians of the Galaxy came along, this year’s box office figures were the worst in years. But critic Bob Mondello says there are bound to be some fall films that get pulses pounding again.
 

Music

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · Check out our favorite dance tracks from the past month, featuring a new anthem from Recondite and some not-so-Basic House from the founder of Opal Tapes.
 

September 1, 2014 | NPR · Guitarist Joe Beck said he thought of the guitar as a six-piece band. Music reviewer Tom Moon says that’s exactly how Beck’s music sounds: layers of overlapping ideas. He reviews Beck’s posthumous release, “Get Me Joe Beck.”
 

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September 1, 2014 | NPR · Plant’s 10th solo album lovingly layers elements in ways that mirror memory, creating new constructs from floating shards of the musical past.
 

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