Tenor Lawrence Brownlee plays the title role in the new opera Charlie Parker's Yardbird. Dominic Mercier/Opera Philadelphia hide caption

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Opera And Jazz Mingle In 'Charlie Parker's Yardbird'

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Charlie Parker, shown here in an undated photo, was a legendary jazz saxophonist. STF/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Guatemalan author Eduardo Halfon's most recent book, The Polish Boxer, mesmerized us. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Braid Of Words: Guest DJ Eduardo Halfon, Author Of 'The Polish Boxer'

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From Alt.Latino, With Love: A Valentine's Day Extravaganza

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Flutist Hubert Laws is one of many jazz artists to have recorded an adaptation of themes from The Rite of Spring. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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Hear Tom Cole's Interview With Michel Martin

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The Nimble, 'Young' Hank Jones

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Judy Garland (right) sang "I Got Rhythm" in the 1943 movie version of the 1930s musical Girl Crazy. Courtesy of MGM hide caption

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Charlie Parker: 'Yardbird Suite: The Ultimate Charlie Parker Collection'

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Various Artists: 'The Original Mambo Kings: An Introduction To Afro-Cubop 1948-1954'

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Charlie Parker: 'Confirmation: Best of the Verve Years'

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Steve Wilson introduces five alto saxophonists who've mastered this beast of a horn. John Abbott hide caption

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Charlie Parker: 'Bird Lives!' Part 2

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Charlie Parker: 'Bird Lives!' Part 1

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Charlie Parker: 'Jazz at Massey Hall'

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Donna Lee

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