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Amy Winehouse, in an image taken from the documentary Amy, by director Asif Kapadia.
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July 7, 2015 Films about music — including documentaries about Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone and Kurt Cobain — tend to focus on everything surrounding the ineffable art without delving deeply into its core.
Nina Revisited, an all-star tribute to Nina Simone, comes out July 10.
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July 6, 2015 The tribute, which strives to update Simone's ability to capture the hope and rage of the '60s for a contemporary audience, features six songs performed by Ms. Lauryn Hill.
Nina Simone's voice may have had a limited range, but its unique power and melancholy made for a legendary effect when paired with her genre-crossing piano.
June 24, 2015 There are certain figures in jazz history whose iconic status can be telegraphed by a single name. The pianist and singer Nina Simone seems to be ascending to that place of pop-culture reverence.
The documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? explores Nina Simone's rich and complicated life.
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June 24, 2015 Simone's recordings still loom larger than the rest of her story. A new film about her life asks the question, What Happened, Miss Simone?
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Ms. Lauryn Hill performs at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
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June 2, 2015 The two sang at the New York premiere of Netflix's new documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?
Jazz singer Nina Simone pictured in 1978, the year she recorded and released the song "Baltimore."
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May 1, 2015 For this week's Plus One Podcast we take a closer look at a song that seems to be on a lot of people's minds this week: Nina Simone's cover of Randy Newman's "Baltimore."
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Meshell Ndegeocello says she hopes her new album, a tribute to Nina Simone, revives interest in the work and life of the late artist.
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November 26, 2012 The singer and bassist performs a legend's songs on her latest album, Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone.
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Nina Simone (left) and actress Zoe Saldana are seen in this composite image. Saldana has been cast to play the late singer in a film biopic.
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November 20, 2012 The producer of an upcoming Nina Simone biopic has cast Afro-Latina actress Zoe Saldana in the lead role — a move that's proved controversial. Critics say that while Saldana is a talented actress, she's too close to traditional light-skinned Hollywood beauty standards.
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From coffeehouses to punk clubs, Matt Haimovitz has played his cello in some surprising places.
November 15, 2012 Cellist Matt Haimovitz was raised on a strict diet of classical music. Somewhere along the way his tastes broadened considerably. Hear an eclectic mix of music — from Nina Simone to Mstislav Rostropovich — as the adventurous cellist spins his favorites in the studio.
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October 16, 2012 Peter Gabriel talks with Bob Boilen about the 25th anniversary release of Gabriel's classic album, So and shares some of the songs by other artists that have influenced his music.
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