The Melody Records storefront in February.
April 21, 2012 On Record Store Day, one devoted shopper laments the passing of Melody Records – a full-service record store in Washington, D.C. that operated for 35 years.
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March 9, 2012 Byrd played bass for his more famous brother, the jazz star Charlie Byrd, for 40 years. He also supported legends like Teddy Wilson and Coleman Hawkins. Then, when he was 66, he decided to make his own records.
Hank Jones (pictured) and Charlie Haden's album, Come Sunday, comes out Jan. 10.
Cheung Ching Ming
January 1, 2012 Two legendary musicians (one a keyboard master, the other a singular double bassist) gracefully interpret traditional hymns and spirituals. Listen closely and you'll be transported to the front pew of an inviting, timeworn church.
Bob Dorough circa 1960.
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December 20, 2011 John Zorn — the lion of the avant-garde — and Bob Dorough — the creator of Schoolhouse Rock's "Three is a Magic Number" — each tackle Christmas music in their own ways. What you get isn't necessarily what you might expect.
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John Zorn's newest album is titled A Dreamer's Christmas.
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December 11, 2011 This is one of those Christmas records that truly inspires peace on earth and good will toward men.
Adele's name was attached to nine nominations, but that includes three for her producers on individual songs and one for the video for "Rolling in the Deep."
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December 1, 2011 The 54th Grammy Award nominations saw Adele and Kanye West come out on top.
October 6, 2011 A look back at the innovative and influential career of Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch.
Bert Jansch in Regent's Park, 1966.
October 5, 2011 The seminal Scottish folk guitarist, singer, and composer passed early Wednesday morning after a battle with lung cancer.
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Father and son Pedro Soler and Gasper Claus.
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September 24, 2011 Gaspar Claus and Pedro Soler's collaboration is not strictly flamenco. It channels the raw, pure form of the style they learned from Spanish ex-pats in France to talk across generations.
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Barlande, the new album by father and son Pedro Soler and Gaspar Claus, comes out August 30.
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August 21, 2011 Pairing an ancient way of playing flamenco guitar with a futuristic approach to cello, a father and son's rich collaboration spans cultures as much as it does generations. Hear it in its entirety.
June 9, 2011 Steve Popovich worked his way up from the bottom of the music industry and made Meat Loaf a star.
"Livery Stable Blues" by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band is considered to be the first jazz recording ever released.
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May 10, 2011 The National Jukebox spins more than 10,000 recordings made between 1901 and 1925.
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May 10, 2011 Google's anticipated new cloud music service is not quite what the company had hoped to launch.
Phoebe Snow onstage at the Berks Jazz Festival in Reading, Pa., in 2009.
April 26, 2011 Snow, who died Tuesday, had a distinctive voice and an unconventional pop-star persona.
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The Kinks, from left to right clockwise: Pete Quaife, Dave Davies, Mick Avory and Ray Davies, front and center.
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April 25, 2011 Before the sun set on "Waterloo," the Kinks were a singles band - the albums were another story.
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