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The Doors' Keyboard Counterpoint Goes Silent: Remembering Ray Manzarek

Raised on the South Side, Manzarek brought Chicago sound to L.A.'s beaches with the trailblazing band. He died Monday at age 74.

Sarah Vaughan: A New Box Set Revels In Glorious Imperfections

Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.

Laura Mvula: A Soulful Voice That Once Answered Phones

Less than two years ago, she was a receptionist honing her phone-answering skills at a music organization in Birmingham, England. Now, she's got a record deal and critical acclaim, and she's touring the U.S.

Ana Popovic Shreds The Belgrade Blues

The Serbian guitarist fell in love with American blues music as a kid — well before she could understand the words.

Audra McDonald, A Broadway Star Gone Roaming, Comes Home

After extended jaunts in TV and on the road, McDonald's first new album in seven years marks a return to her roots in musical theater.