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Charlie Parker, shown here in an undated photo, was a legendary jazz saxophonist.
September 27, 2013 Stanley Crouch, one of the nation's most prominent jazz critics, is the author of the just-released Kansas City Lightning -- part one of a biography of Charlie "Bird" Parker. Reviewer Craig Morgan Teicher says the story starts a little slowly, but when Parker picks up the saxophone, Crouch's writing cooks.
Flutist Hubert Laws is one of many jazz artists to have recorded an adaptation of themes from The Rite of Spring.
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May 26, 2013 A 100-year-old ballet, composed by a Russian for a French audience, has become something of a standard in an idiom which didn't exist when it premiered. Whether covered, quoted or praised, Stravinsky's masterwork has inspired multiple generations of improvisers.
Guatemalan author Eduardo Halfon's most recent book, The Polish Boxer, mesmerized us.
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May 10, 2013 This week on Alt.Latino, the Guatemalan author joins us to discuss his latest book, The Polish Boxer. Hear a conversation about Guatemala, Judaism in Latin America and, of course, music.
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Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux.
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February 13, 2013 This year, we celebrate Valentine's Day alongside some of our favorite artists. Gustavo Santaolalla, Ruben Albarran, Tego Calderon, Lila Downs, Ana Tijoux and Jorge Drexler all share their favorite love songs.
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Norman Granz at his office in July 1987.
October 20, 2011 The jazz producer put artists like Ella Fitzgerald into concert halls while striking a blow for civil rights.
Judy Garland (right) sang "I Got Rhythm" in the 1943 movie version of the 1930s musical Girl Crazy.
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February 9, 2011 When George Gershwin wrote "I Got Rhythm" for the 1930s musical Girl Crazy, he created one of the most catchy melodies in American history. But little did he know that his lovable song — apart from becoming a hugely popular jazz standard — would evolve into something far greater.
Charlie "Bird" Parker.
January 6, 2011 Bird is on the brain at NPR music, so the blog editor and his boss listen to an uptempo bebop classic from 1947. It features Max Roach, Bud Powell, Tommy Potter and a young trumpeter named Miles Davis.
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July 12, 2010 The sweltering East Coast heat wave had us thinking about all things hot — and not much else. When the temperature is unrelentingly oppressive, sitting around with an iced beverage in hand and music in the background is as pleasant a way to pass the time as you can find.
Steve Wilson introduces five alto saxophonists who've mastered this beast of a horn.
June 1, 2010 While the tenor sax is the most popular woodwind instrument in jazz, the alto sax holds a unique position. It's a beast of an instrument to master, and in Steve Wilson's 35 years behind the horn, he's only discovered his personal sound in the last 10. Here, Wilson introduces five alto sax grand masters.
October 19, 2009 There are thousands of apple varieties — even a new breed called "Jazz." Much like the music that lends its name to this autumn delight, Jazz is a hybrid. The time is ripe for planning that apple-picking day trip, so get the caramel ready for five crisp, fleshy jazz tunes related to a certain favorite fall fruit.
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