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Live at the Cellar Door, the new album from Neil Young, was recorded in 1970.
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December 13, 2013 NPR's Melissa Block talks with music critic Tom Moon about three recently released live recordings, all from around 1970, that each capture an artist at a distinct point of change in his career.
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Paris 1969, from the late Thelonious Monk, comes out Nov. 26.
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November 17, 2013 The pianist's first visit to France and the 3,000-seat Salle Pleyel concert hall ended in disaster. Fifteen years later, after he became an international star, Monk returned to the same stage with his own band, planning a surprise.
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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California poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.
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April 18, 2013 Alt.Latino celebrates National Poetry Month with Herrera, who discusses the songs that shaped him.
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All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen, possibly singing with his parents, circa 1959.
June 5, 2012 If you grew up with parents who love music, chances are you raided their record collection at some point. What did you find? Was there an artist or album or song that shaped your tastes in music today, or something that you still carry around with you years later?
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Thelonious Monk, photographed at Minton's Playhouse in 1947.
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June 29, 2011 When Monk's band arrived late in San Francisco, it inspired a solo album recorded in 1959.
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Branford Marsalis (left) and Joey Calderazzo.
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June 8, 2011 Inspired by their own album of duets, we asked the jazzmen to name their favorite pairings.
March 15, 2011 St. Patrick's Day is a holiday when everybody is Irish: wearing at least a splash of green, getting together with friends for a pint or a party, and so on. To celebrate the day, here are some jazz songs that wear the green, at least in their titles, as well as musical tributes to Ireland.
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.
Thelonious Monk relaxes with his wife, Nellie, before performing at the Royal Festival Hall in London on April 29, 1961.
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December 29, 2009 Robin D.G. Kelley spent 14 years on a new book, which some are calling the definitive work on a jazz legend. In Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, he portrays the great pianist as a trained musician, a psychiatric case and a father.
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