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100 Years Of Billy Strayhorn, Emotional Architect Of Song

The composer and arranger spent the bulk of his career in service to the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He wrote some of the most popular songs of the 20th century — without ever hiding who he was.

'Purple Rain' — As Retold In A Language Without A Word For Purple

Prince's '80s-era classic has gotten a modern update — in Niger. Directed by Christopher Kirkley, starring the nomadic Tuareg people, this Purple Rain remake drops the kissing but keeps the attitude.

Metallica's Robert Trujillo On His Hero, Jaco Pastorius

"People tried to call him just a jazz cat, but he was beyond that." Trujillo speaks with Michel Martin about a new documentary on the man sometimes called the Hendrix of the bass.

Hendrix On A Horn: The World Of Robin Eubanks

His 30-year career includes trailblazing with an electric trombone, but the Oberlin educator and jazz player has never recorded with a big band until now.

Richard Carpenter Weighs In On How To Craft The Perfect Pop Song

In the '70s, Richard Carpenter and his sister, Karen, made up the pop duo the Carpenters. On Dec. 5, PBS will begin airing Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters. Originally broadcast Nov. 25, 2009.

Itzhak Perlman: I'm Not On The Stage To Walk, I'm On It To Play

Steve Inskeep continues his conversation with Itzhak Perlman, who was 13 when he performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1958. When he was four, Perlman contracted polio and has used crutches since.

On Thanksgiving, Four Musicians Show Mutual Gratitude

Ari Shapiro speaks with four artists — Oregon's Blind Pilot, Nashville's Rayland Baxter, Atlanta's Raury and Colombia's Kali Uchis — about a fellow musician they're grateful for.

This Thanksgiving, Indulge In A Buffet Of Musical Casseroles

Renee Montagne talks to music commentator Miles Hoffman who compares classical music pieces to casseroles. A good casserole needs contrasting but complementary ingredients to make something delicious.

Broadway Composer John Kander Reflects On A Career Of 'Hidden Treasures'

Kander and his partner, Fred Ebb, wrote the songs for a number of musicals, including Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Cabaret. His new double album is John Kander: Hidden Treasures.

‘You Can’t Prepare Yourself': A Conversation With Adele

Adele‘s career so far has been a story in numbers — and not just the ones in her album titles. Her latest LP, 25, has sold more copies than any other album in its first week of release —...