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Known as the first lady of children's music, Ella Jenkins has performed on all seven continents. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Emil Richards has played percussion on countless classic film and TV soundtracks. Courtesy of Yamaha Artist Services hide caption

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Alt.Latino Takes A Trip To Colombia

This past fall, the hosts of Alt.Latino had the adventure of a lifetime: two weeks exploring the music of Colombia.

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The Fisk University Jubilee Quartet in 1909, from left: Alfred G. King (first bass), James A. Myers (second tenor), Noah W. Ryder (second bass) and John W. Work II (first tenor). Courtesy of Doug Seroff hide caption

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Renata Scotto has retired from the stage, but she hasn't slowed down — she's now a director and costume designer. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Alice Cooper has left a trail of blood and boa constrictors on his way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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The score for the Coen brothers' True Grit was written by the pair's longtime collaborator, Carter Burwell. Lorey Sebastian hide caption

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