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Actor Gary Sinise Headlines Show For Navy Yard Workers

Emmy-winning actor Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will be playing at DAR Constitution Hall Tuesday night for service members and others affected by the Navy Yard shooting earlier this year.


CDZA Doesn't Just Play Music, They Play With It

Collective Cadenza, or CDZA for short, is a loose-knit group of musicians, many graduates of Julliard. They've made a name for themselves with funny YouTube videos that have received millions of views. CDZA will perform live this weekend at the inaugural YouTube Music Video Awards alongside Eminem, Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire.

Yuja Wang: Rooted In Diligence, Inspired By Improvisation

The 26-year-old classically trained pianist tackles Rachmaninov's dense and intimidating "Concerto No. 3" in a new recording. The musician says she hears a connection between the challenging piece and improvisations from the late Art Tatum.

Ben Allison: Leading A Stellar Band Far Beyond The World

Jazz bassist and composer Ben Allison looks back on an era when sci-fi sounds began infiltrating popular music, and discusses his new album, The Stars Look Very Different Today.

Bringing Jazz On Walkabout: Jon Batiste And Stay Human

Host Rachel Martin is joined by pianist Batiste and his band, who hope to make jazz transcend genres and generations, as they play live at NPR's headquarters.

Tony Joe White's Steamy 'Hoodoo' Rock

Even if you haven't heard of Tony Joe White, you've probably heard his music. His songs have been performed by Elvis, Ray Charles and Tina Turner. He's even been sampled by Kanye West. Host Scott Simon talks with White about his distinctive swamp rock sound, and his new album, Hoodoo.

Herb Alpert Steps Out With A Little Latin, A Little Piaf

Jazz legend Herb Alpert and his wife, Lani Hall, are both Grammy winners, and Alpert, who co-founded A&M Records, has sold over 75 million albums in a career that dates back to the late 1950s. They join host Scott Simon to talk about their new album, Steppin' Out.

Blitz The Ambassador: Fighting Against Invisibility

International rap artist Blitz the Ambassador grew up listening to Public Enemy in Ghana. Now he's bringing an African flavor to American hip-hop. Blitz speaks to host Michel Martin about his upcoming album, Afropolitan Dreams. This segment initially aired Sept. 9, 2013 on Tell Me More.

The Electric Bassist With An In-House Composer

One evening, a 20-year-old Steve Swallow went home, dropped out of Yale and moved to New York City to play jazz. Eventually, he'd play with many modern masters, discover the bass guitar and meet his partner in music and life Carla Bley — who was once married to his mentor.

'It's Hard To Stay Patient': A Conversation With John Mayer

In a special Thanksgiving broadcast, Mayer chats with NPR's Ari Shapiro about fame, family, Montana and George Clooney, and performs songs from his new album, Paradise Valley.