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Samuel Yirga: A Prodigy Reviving Ethiopian Jazz

The 20-something has had to fight to be himself, and the voice and vision of a distinctive composer shines through in his impressive debut, Guzo.

The Insect Trust: An American Band Deconstructed

One of the great fantasies of the hippie era was that new combinations of music would emerge from the experimentation that was going on. Still, very few lived it. Ed Ward says The Insect Trust was one of the exceptions.

Beethoven's Famous 4 Notes: Truly Revolutionary Music

Conductor John Eliot Gardiner and author Matthew Guerrieri explain the incredible resonances, past and present, behind one of the most famous phrases in music: the opening to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
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D.C.'s "Marathon Man" Of Jazz Celebrates A Lifetime Of Making Music

Jazz musician Andrew White has spent a lifetime making up his own rules — both for making music, and for running his prolific one-man publishing company, "Andrew's Music."

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Moonlighting As A Musician... When You're An Animal

An elephant at the National Zoo is moonlighting as a musician these days. Does her harmonica-playing equate to music?


Bill Withers: The Everyman Singer With A Poet's Soul

Since the singer's first single became a breakout hit in 1971, he's recorded nine albums, and all of them are now available on a new box set.

40 Years Since Marvin Gaye's Forgotten Classic

In 1972, Motown legend Marvin Gaye composed the soundtrack for the film, Trouble Man. Many critics say it was one of his finest musical achievements. To mark the film's 40th anniversary, Universal Music is releasing a special edition. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with saxophonist Trevor Lawrence and director Cameron Crowe.