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From Cuba To America, Arturo Sandoval Is An Ambassador For Jazz

Later this year, the jazz legend will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sandoval talks with guest host Celeste Headlee about his start as a trumpet player in Cuba, his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie and how American citizenship influenced his music.
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How To Win That Music Competition? Send A Video

A new study shows that judges base musical performances more on sight than on sound.
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A Musical Power Couple With A Dozen-Strong Entourage

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks with Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks — both blues-rock titans — about their new Tedeschi Trucks Band album, Made Up Mind.
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Fall Pop Preview: A 'Roar' Of 'Applause' For New Music

Thanks to brand new songs by pop's shining lights, including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Nine Inch Nails, this midsummer week unexpectedly became the beginning of a new hit cycle.
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Irene Diaz: Crafting Songs In Dreamy Black And White

A standout performer at this year's Latin Alternative Music Conference, the 26-year-old singer discusses her noirish debut EP, I Love You Madly.
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Vince Gill And Paul Franklin Break Down The Bakersfield Sound

Last year, country superstar Vince Gill left his record label, MCA, after more than 20 years. But he's leaving with one last album — a love letter, really — dedicated to the classic country songs of his youth. Titled Bakersfield, it finds Gill working with pedal-steel master Paul Franklin.
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Sufi Mystics Get A Modern Soundtrack

The ancient spiritual practice of Sufism incorporates all kinds of activities, including music, to achieve a state in which the practitioner loses the ego. Riad Abdel-Gawad creates new Sufi music by translating sacred chants to the violin.
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Camera Obscura On World Cafe

Tracyanne Campbell and her band visit the World Cafe studios to perform songs from their latest record, Desire Lines, and talk to host David Dye about how the album came together.
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Mikal Cronin On World Cafe

The fledgling San Francisco rock star released some of the catchiest tunes of 2013 earlier this year. He brought a handful of those songs to World Cafe's headquarters in Philadelphia for a studio session and interview.
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A Forgotten Quartet, Reissued And Reevaluated

Recently reissued Brahms and Mozart recordings by the Stuyvesant Quartet convey natural refinement, balance and a kind of inward grace. Fresh Air critic Lloyd Schwartz says they take their place among the most luminous chamber-music performances on record.

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