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Drummer Chico Hamilton, West Coast Jazz Pioneer, Dies

A linchpin of "cool" jazz in the 1950s and '60s, he assembled bands that came to be described as chamber jazz, full of unusual textures and future star talent. Hamilton, who continued performing into his ninth decade, was 92.

After Ailing, A Favorite Conductor Stages His Comeback

Live at Carnegie Hall captures a riveting experience with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and a beloved conductor, James Levine, who has been plagued with a variety of medical troubles.

AK-47s, Accordions And Angels Of Death: Narcocorridos Hit The Big Screen

The new documentary Narco Cultura looks at violence by Mexico's drug cartels and the popular culture it has inspired.

'Divided & United': Songs Of The Civil War Re-Imagined

NPR's Melissa Block talks with producer Randall Poster and historian Sean Wilentz about a new collection of music. Poster brought together stars and legends spanning many genres and generations to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Will The Real Llewyn Davis Please Stand Up?

Dave Van Ronk's autobiography inspired Joel and Ethan Coen's new movie about a '60s folksinger. Though he died in 2002, a new anthology ought to help give Van Ronk a long-needed boost.

'Foreverly' Yours: Billie Joe Armstrong And Norah Jones Get Close

"We can't not look at each other; it doesn't work," Jones says of singing with the Green Day frontman. The two discuss tackling the signature close harmonies of The Everly Brothers with NPR's Steve Inskeep.

In A Tale Of Two Sisters, The Story's In The Songs

Iconic Disney moments aren't just about the characters, but the songs they sing. Husband-and-wife team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez composed music for the new Disney film Frozen, capturing the friendship of sisters Elsa and Anna.

For A Few Musicians, Beating Songwriter's Block Is A Game

Bob Schneider, a songwriter from Texas, has challenged fellow musicians to a game for 12 years: Every Friday, a closed email group submits a new song of the week. Ben Folds, Jason Mraz and Patty Griffin have all answered the call, and Schneider says the game has gotten him through five albums.
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Terry Teachout: "Duke: A Life Of Duke Ellington" (Rebroadcast)

Wall Street Journal critic and author Terry Teachout joins Kojo to discuss the story behind the acclaimed American composer and his unusual process of composing.


Esperanza Spalding: Guantanamo Doesn't Represent 'Our America'

The Grammy-winning musician's new recording, "We Are America," protests the controversial detention center. But she tells NPR she doesn't like to call it a protest song. It's more of a "let's get together and do something pro-active, creative and productive" song.