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The Madame Walker Theater is one of the surviving iconic buildings on Indiana Avenue.
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March 28, 2012 Indiana Avenue, the "main stem" of the city's black community, hosted master musicians nightly.
The new compilation Echoes of Indiana Avenue collects rare early recordings by jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery.
March 25, 2012 Some rare recordings by the jazz guitarist have come to light and can now be heard on the compilation Echoes of Indiana Avenue. Susan Stamberg speaks with NPR editor and guitar expert Tom Cole about the trove.
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January 19, 2011 If you find yourself stuck in the house due to recent snowfall around the country, huddling around the fire has surely become tiresome by now. So why not hover around your computer with some wintry tunes and a cup of tea instead?
Miles Davis and the letter E.
courtesy of the artist
August 10, 2010 Summer is fading away and school days begin soon. Thinking of school naturally conjures up thoughts of teaching the alphabet: Wouldn't literacy education be more fun through jazz? Here's an A-through-E guide to a few jazz tunes.
3 Cohens includes siblings Anat, Avishai and Yuval Cohen.
July 6, 2010 Summer is a time for family gatherings, and over the years, there have been some very notable families of jazz musicians. Hear five songs by some of those talented families — songs selected to accompany your own family's backyard cookout.
Duke Ellington, Max Roach and Charles Mingus on the cover of Money Jungle.
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September 2, 2008 The change of season offers a chance to look ahead to fall and look back at summer simultaneously. For many, it's an especially productive month: In the world of jazz, September sessions have produced some special recordings.
June 17, 2008 You've just embarked on a long-anticipated summer road trip. You're filled with joy and excitement — until you fill your gas tank and are overcome with horror and grief. Here's hoping you brought this road-ready jazz mix to get back into the right frame of mind.
Wes Montgomery poses in studio.
September 26, 2007 In his short but prolific recording career Wes Montgomery reinvented the jazz guitar, while his name — and his sound — became synonymous with the instrument he played.
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September 11, 2007 Capturing seven of America's greatest jazz musicians at the height of their powers in Europe, the DVD collection Jazz Icons offers a fresh perspective on the likes of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Charles Mingus and Dave Brubeck.
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March 30, 2005 Music journalist Ashley Kahn talks about Smokin' at the Half Note, a reissued CD that spotlights the music of famed jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery in his prime.
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