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From Ballrooms To Concert Halls, Mexico Kept This Cuban Style Alive

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Born in Cuba in the late 1800s, danzón had couples gliding in a kind of formal square dance a century later.

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Morning Edition

Remembering Ralph Sharon, Tony Bennett's Pianist

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The longtime piano accompanist and musical director accidentally broke the hit "I Left My Heart In San Francisco." But he was also the driving force behind the style Bennett is best known for.

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Morning Edition

'American Pie' Lyrics Sell At Auction For $1.2 Million

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

An anonymous buyer gets the manuscript which is 16 pages of a mix of handwritten and typed drafts — including notes. The papers may give new insight into what Don McLean wanted the song to mean.

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A (Nearly) Comprehensive Guide To The Music Of 'Mad Men'

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

From "The Twist" to "Is That All There Is?," the songs that Mad Men uses to depict the 1960s are perfect — but often unpredictable — representations of the decade's slow evolution.

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All Things Considered

Billie Holiday: A Singer Beyond Our Understanding

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Most artists belong to their times. But Holiday, born 100 years ago Tuesday, fits in the present.

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Bringing Mothers In Prison Closer To Their Children, Through Music

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Mothers in prison rarely get a chance to see or touch their children — or sing them a lullaby. A group of professional musicians is helping female inmates in New York City to create those connections.

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Multifaceted Music Critic Andrew Porter Dies At 86

Friday, April 03, 2015

Best known in the U.S. as a longtime music critic of The New Yorker, Porter was also a scholar, translator and director of opera.

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How To Be Alone: Musicians Confront Solitude

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

On new albums, Sufjan Stevens, Kendrick Lamar and Laura Marling all hold the world at a distance in order to embrace creation.

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Musician Joni Mitchell Is 'Awake And In Good Spirits' In Intensive Care

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The folk music icon was hospitalized in Los Angeles after being found unconscious in her home Tuesday.

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A Sale Is Booming: Rare Stradivarius Drums Up For Auction

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

A pair of timpani — the only ones crafted by legendary viola and violin maker Antonio Stradivari — go on sale today in New York. Bidding on the two drums might go well into eight figures.

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All Things Considered

Jay Z's Music Service, Tidal, Arrives With A Splash, And Questions Follow

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The premium streaming service, which will be owned in part by musicians, was unveiled in a star-packed ceremony. The first question it needs to answer: Can it attract listeners?

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Influential Guitarist John Renbourn, Co-Founder Of Pentagle, Dies

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Renbourn co-founded the popular folk/jazz group Pentangle and was one of the most respected and influential acoustic guitarists in the world. He died this week at his home in Scotland; he was 70.

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The Tale Of Mingering Mike, Who Painted Himself A Music Career

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A self-taught visual artist who longed to make soul records, Mingering Mike ended up realizing his dreams on paper rather than vinyl. Decades later, his work is paying off.

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Lower Dens' Jana Hunter Explains 'Escape From Evil,' Track By Track

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The singer-songwriter pulls back the curtain on her band's beautiful-but-mysterious new album, Escape From Evil. "All of these songs are based in personal experience," she writes.

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Morning Edition

First Listen: 'Carrie & Lowell' By Sufjan Stevens

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

All Songs Considered co-hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton discuss the latest from Sufjan Stevens. His new album, Carrie & Lowell, is being featured by NPR Music.

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All Things Considered

Egyptian Singer, Meet Burundi Bassist. Play Among Yourselves!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The musicians who live in countries along the Nile rarely got to meet — until the Nile Project came along. Now they learn from each other, make records together and are currently touring the U.S.

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Sviatoslav Richter: The Pianist Who Made The Earth Move

Thursday, March 19, 2015

For the centennial of the great Russian's birth, critic and piano maven Steve Wigler recalls a herculean talent who shook Carnegie Hall to its foundation.

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NPR Music At SXSW 2015: Tuesday

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The best things our team in Austin saw, heard and recorded on the first day of SXSW Music, including a late-night lullaby by one of our favorite musicians.

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Fresh Air

Remastering 78s: A Company Brings Clarity To Pianist Artur Schnabel's Works

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Many historic recordings have been transferred to CD, but not always as accurately as desirable. But a small record company in France has been remastering these recordings in a revolutionary way.

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Morning Edition

Winning In Country Music, With No Help From Nashville

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Traditional country musicians, the kind who never get airplay on mainstream country radio stations, are thriving in regional scenes supported by devoted live audiences.

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