June 6, 2004 Influential jazz saxophonist Steve Lacy died Friday of cancer at age 69, ending a career that was noticed by both John Coltrane and the MacArthur Genius Awards. Hear NPR's Tom Cole.
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May 14, 2003 Janet Heimlich reports that the Texas Senate is taking steps to free 13 residents of the town of Tulia who were convicted of drug offenses. Thirty-eight residents of the small Texas Panhandle town ended up in jail based on fabricated evidence provided by investigator Tom Coleman. Charges suggest that racism was involved. Most who landed in jail were minorities. Coleman is white and now faces charges of perjury.
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April 20, 2003 Tenor saxophonist and flutist Charles Lloyd has traveled a long road since his childhood in Memphis where as a teenager he played with the likes of B.B. King and Howlin' Wolf. He built a reputation as the next jazz star of the 1960s on both coasts. Then he fled the limelight for the solitude of the woods and a spiritual quest. On his latest recording, Lloyd and his group try to respond to immense tragedy. NPR's Tom Cole has a profile of Lloyd.
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December 27, 2002 Blues legend B.B. King is still on the road. It's no surprise, really. The 77-year-old guitarist been toured nearly non-stop for more than half a century and he's still playing more than 200 events a year. NPR's Tom Cole offers a profile.
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