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A Young Torchbearer Lights The Way For New Orleans Music Students

At 27, bandleader Trombone Shorty is already an icon in his hometown. So he's giving back: Through his own foundation, the "supafunkrock" brass player is nurturing even younger talent in local schools.
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Two Bluegrass Truths From James King And Alan Jackson

On Three Chords and the Truth, bluegrass musician James King picks from the canon of country music to rearrange its songs as bluegrass. On The Bluegrass Album, country star Alan Jackson has recorded his first collection of bluegrass music — some classics, some originals.
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Mala Rodriguez And The Women Of Latin Hip-Hop

The genre has some of the most creative, politically savvy, intelligent female personalities in the industry, made by artists as different as Chile's Ana Tijoux, who melts and reworks the Spanish language like a blacksmith, and Dominican-Spanish Arianna Puello, she of the machine gun delivery.
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Ahmad Jamal Weaves Old And New On 'Saturday Morning'

The jazz pianist uses his new record to recall works of yesteryear and simultaneously illustrate his new sense of direction. Jamal isn't playing the way he did 60 years ago, now that he's finished warming up.
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Sleigh Bells: Stomping The Fine Line Between Sweetness And Menace

The duo incorporates many genre influences to fit its hard-edged pop sound. Critic Will Hermes says the formula still works on Bitter Rivals, which finds the two musicians trying to expand their boundaries even further.
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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Our public radio panelists share their favorite new tracks for October. Download music from the brilliant singer-songwriter Bill Callahan, songwriter to the stars Dev Hynes, Philadelphia rapper Freeway, jazz iconoclast John Zorn, Odd Future-affiliated soul outfit The Internet and more.
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Blitz: The Ambassador Of Hip-Hop And African Music

Blitz the Ambassador grew up listening to Public Enemy and Fela Kuti. For Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" series, he explains why their music is still on his playlist.
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Returning To Music, Tested By Loss

Music was Erik Friedlander's refuge when his wife fell ill. Then, in one week, he lost both. The cellist and composer speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about making the new album Claws & Wings after months out of commission.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Measures 'The Speed Of Things'

The Detroit duo of Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein release their new album this week. They join host Rachel Martin.
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Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Resigns After Carnegie Hall Cancellations

Just as he had promised in May, Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä resigned Tuesday, after labor negotiations collapsed once again and the group's board canceled two prestigious Carnegie Hall concerts in November.

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