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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October 2, 2014 | NPR · Alanna Saunders, the actress cast to play Tiger Lily in NBC’s forthcoming production of PeterPan, has Native American ancestry, one of many points of contention in previous castings.
 

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October 2, 2014 | NPR · The High Commissioner for Human Rights says mass executions, forcing women and girls into sex slavery and the use of child soldiers may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.
 

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October 2, 2014 | NPR · America’s classrooms are seeing a surge of kids from Central America who crossed into the U.S. illegally. Educating them is expensive, and one school in New Orleans is scrambling to cover the costs.
 

Arts & Life

October 2, 2014 | NPR · Moving ably from verse to historical prose, poet Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz chronicles the life and work of an unsung medical innovator in the exhaustively researched Dr. Mutter’s Marvels.
 

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October 2, 2014 | NPR · Alanna Saunders, the actress cast to play Tiger Lily in NBC’s forthcoming production of PeterPan, has Native American ancestry, one of many points of contention in previous castings.
 

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October 2, 2014 | NPR · Adam Sandler and Netflix are doing four original movies together — perhaps because you can’t build a network on prestigious, binge-watchable television series alone.
 

Music

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October 2, 2014 | NPR · This week on Alt.Latino, hosts Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras document their latest musical passions — including amazing music from the Los Angeles Tropical revival.
 

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October 1, 2014 | WQXR · Stream a live Carnegie Hall concert of Bach’s four orchestral suites, played by the superb Academy of Ancient Music, led by Richard Egarr.
 

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October 1, 2014 | NPR · Hear a live performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under their electrifying conductor Riccardo Muti, in a thrilling program of Debussy, Mendelssohn and Scriabin.
 

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