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Jazz Pianist, Composer Horace Silver Dies At 85

He created a rhythmic style that combined R&B, gospel and jazz that became known as "hard bop," and performed with such jazz greats as Stan Getz and Miles Davis.

Album Review: 'While You Were Sleeping'

Singer-songwriter Jose James' music lives at the intersection of jazz harmony, pop songcraft and hip-hop rhythm. Reviewer Tom Moon says that James' latest album, While You Were Sleeping, shows phenomenal growth.

A Young Man's Loneliness, And His Soulful Falsetto

The 22-year-old British singer Sam Smith broke through as the high-note voice snaking through an international club anthem. Now, he's written and recorded a debut album about love and loss.

'Fresh Air' Remembers Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott

Scott, who had a rare genetic condition that made him sound like a woman, was popular in '50s but didn't make any records between 1975 and 1992. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1992 about his comeback.

The Antlers: Holding A Light To The Darkness Within

In 2009 Peter Silberman turned a breakup into a breakthrough, the critically acclaimed concept album Hospice. His band's latest release, Familiars, is a journey inward.

Willie Nelson Dusts Off His Songwriting Chops

NPR's Arun Rath reached the country icon on his tour bus to talk about the new album Band of Brothers, the first Willie Nelson album in nearly 20 years to come packed with originals.

Casey Kasem, An Iconic Voice Of American Radio

There was a time when you didn't know what the No. 1 song in America was until Casey Kasem said so. The listener had an emotional relationship with the American Top 40 host for four decades.

Transcending Music In A Special High School Band

Music's power to transform lives has been noted by ancient poets and modern-day neuroscientists. Our correspondent saw this in action at a New York school for students with disabilities.

SNL Music Director Writes A Finnish 'Prescription'

Longtime Saturday Night Live music director and sax player Lenny Pickett has a new album. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about The Prescription, recorded with Finland's UMO Jazz Orchestra.

Jazz Balladeer Influenced Better-Known Singers

The acclaimed jazz balladeer Jimmy Scott was a hard-luck singer with a haunting voice. He had limited exposure but his voice influenced a generation of singers. He died at the age of 88.