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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.
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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.
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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.
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Orbison's Lost Tracks Included In 'Mystery Girl' Re-Issue

Roy Orbison's album Mystery Girl turns 25 this year. NPR's Scott Simon talks with two of Orbison's sons about the re-issued album and the songs no one has heard before.
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Jenny Scheinman Reaches Out To Her Father In Song

Scheinman says that since writing and performing The Littlest Prisoner's "Just a Child," the song has "really transformed" her relationship with her father.
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Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies

The beloved musician had a slight frame, an almost feminine voice and a late revival after a promising start and years of neglect.
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An Opera Remembers The Tragedy Of An Asian-American Soldier

Army Pvt. Danny Chen fatally shot himself in Afghanistan in 2011. The real-life tragedy has inspired a new production by Washington National Opera with a libretto by playwright David Henry Hwang.
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Just In Time For Father's Day: Bad Dads In Opera

Renee Montagne talks to music commentator Miles Hoffman, who says his candidate for opera's most evil father is the character of Alberich from Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung.
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In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together

Dave and Phil Alvin have made their first full album together in nearly 30 years, a tribute to one of their early influences. "His persona was so big to me," Phil Alvin tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
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From Jack White, A Fierce New Record Raised In Captivity

Whether he's producing, leading a band or on his own, White continues to evolve with each project. His first solo album was the sound of heartbreak, but the new Lazaretto feels more like isolation.

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