Jazz & Blues

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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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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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March 27, 2015 | NPR · For this weekend, we recommend pieces that touch on what’s happened to some of the prisoners released from Guantanamo and an essay from one of India’s few foreign correspondents.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · The denomination held a summit in Nashville, Tenn., this week to consider how the Gospel speaks to race relations. It wasn’t easy, and moving from words to actions may be a challenge.
 

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Arts & Life

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Bob Mondello reviews The Salt Of The Earth, a documentary directed by Wim Wenders about Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing and fantasy are more than just fun. He came to this conclusion after conducting some somber research into the stark childhoods of murderers.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · Charlie Todd choreographs bizarre, hilarious and unexpected public scenes. He explains how his group, Improv Everywhere, creates these moments of urban whimsy to bring people together.
 

Music

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · In West Virginia, the Pistol Annies member sings country songs about her colorful rural upbringing.
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · In this Piano Jazz session from 1984, Hadley shows off her chops in “All The Things You Are” and duets with host Marian McPartland in “It’s Delovely.”
 

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March 27, 2015 | NPR · For decades, Carlos Varela has doled out incisive criticism of the Cuban government. On our recent visit to Havana, he sang a song he says reflects the mood of the country at this historic moment.
 

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