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This Date In History: Wham! (Awkwardly) Opens Doors In China

30 years ago this month, Wham! became the first Western band to perform in communist China. NPR's Rachel Martin reflects on the anniversary.

In 'Snowy Egret,' A Fierce New Band Takes Flight

Inspired by a Uruguayan author's three-volume history of the Americas, jazz pianist and composer Myra Melford has written a suite for her new quintet.

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

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

A Young Jazz Saxophonist Wants You To 'Get Up And Move'

"I wanted to show another side of my passion," says 25-year-old Hailey Niswanger, whose new album PDX Soul is a departure from her previous straight-ahead jazz albums.

Review: Anat Cohen, 'Luminosa'

NPR reviews the latest release from jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen, Luminosa.
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The Bounce: The Week In Music News From WAMU's Bandwidth

D.C. rapper Wale had a good week, the ashes of Gwar frontman Dave Brockie are in dispute, Kurt Cobain's daughter had some choice words about grunge, and an album announcement from Frank Ocean launched a thousand blog posts.


Review: Becca Stevens Band, 'Perfect Animal'

In the massive heap of "singer-songwriters," Becca Stevens Band is a gem. NPR reviews her new album, Perfect Animal.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 9, 2015

You can see what’s new in Spanish cinema or see a musical tribute to the Civil War.


Remembering Ralph Sharon, Tony Bennett's Pianist

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.

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

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.