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Festival Draws Black Americans To New Orleans

The Essence Festival has taken place every Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans since 1995. It now attracts hundreds of thousands to the air-conditioned Superdome for four days of R&B and gospel performances and panels on politics, financial planning and parenting. It's become an annual must for African-Americans across the U.S., and it's often the place former superstars begin comebacks. It was dreamed up by Jazzfest and Newport Festival producer George Wein.
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'Initial Here': Jazz Musician Linda Oh Plays Out Her Heritage

The bassist and bandleader was born in Malaysia to Chinese parents, but as a toddler she moved with her family to Australia. Oh has since traveled back to Shanghai, where her grandmother is from, and taken up Mandarin classes. Her album weaves in her family's stories — and even their languages.
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Who Is She? Just One Of The Most Popular Songs Ever

Written 50 years ago this summer, it's just been dubbed the second-most recorded pop song ever. It's been covered by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Amy Winehouse to the Yale Whiffenpoofs. What song is it? Here's a hint: It's Brazilian and it's about a girl.
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The Shredder Behind '100 Guitar Licks' Speaks

Guitarist Alex Chadwick explains what he was thinking when he chose 100 licks from rock history and played them in chronological order, on video, without stopping.
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Old Crow Medicine Show: Something Borrowed

The Nashville band discusses its new album, Carry Me Back, and explains how its 2004 hit "Wagon Wheel" arose from an unfinished song sketch by Bob Dylan.
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Avi Avital: A Mandolinist's Unlikely Education

The Israeli musician discovered his instrument through a set of childhood coincidences. He tells the unlikely story and discusses Bach, his new album.

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