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Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet: Scat Singing To Its Own Tune

After years of singing other people's songs, bandleader and co-founder Ginny Carr has crafted a tightly harmonized album of originals.
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Keane On World Cafe

Unlike many of its contemporaries, Keane swaps out guitars for piano and synthesizers as its lead instruments, which lends the band's songs a distinct sound.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda On Learning From Ruben Blades

The Tony-winning lyricist and composer says "El Padre Antonio y Su Monaguillo Andres," a song by Blades, helped him understand the interplay of music and lyrics. Miranda says he didn't notice how dark Blades' song was at first, but eventually figured out what a powerful trick he'd pulled off.
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Langhorne Slim On World Cafe

The bluesy folk-rock singer-songwriter performs songs from his eighth album, The Way We Move.
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Digging Up The 'Newly Discovered Works Of Gil Evans'

Scholar and fan Ryan Truesdell has turned unheard Evans scores into richly textured works.
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Tracing Her Tanzanian Roots In 'A Lot Like You'

Director Eliaichi Kimaro is a first-generation American with a Tanzanian father and Korean mother. When her dad retired and moved back to Tanzania, she followed him to do a film about his side of the family, one she didn't know much about. Her work unveiled a shocking history she didn't expect. Kimaro talks with host Michel Martin about her documentary A Lot Like You, which is part of this year's Asian American International Film Festival.

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