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Jason Moran Plays Thelonious Monk's Town Hall Concert
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Live at the Cellar Door, the new album from Neil Young, was recorded in 1970. Gary Burden/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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When Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk And Neil Young Hit A Turning Point
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Paris 1969, from the late Thelonious Monk, comes out Nov. 26. Jean-Pierre Leloir/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Paris 1969
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A Braid Of Words: Guest DJ Eduardo Halfon, Author Of 'The Polish Boxer'
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Guest DJ: California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera
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Remembering Mom And Dad's Record Collection
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Thelonious Monk: Making The Piano Hum
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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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