Terence Blanchard is one of today's foremost jazz composers. Nitin Vadukul/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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India.Arie reinvents herself on her new album, SongVersation. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Buika blends flamenco with African rhythms, jazz, blues and soul. Javi Rojo hide caption

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T-Bone Burnett, John Mellencamp and Stephen King are the creative team behind Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a stage show based on a true story of small-town tragedy. Kevin Mazur/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nathan Gunn and Sasha Cooke star in the new opera The Gospel of Mary Magdalene as Yeshua (the Hebrew name of Jesus) and the title character. San Francisco Opera hide caption

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The National's new album is titled Trouble Will Find Me. Deirdre O'Callaghan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Singer Merry Clayton performs in Hollywood during a celebration of Carole King and her music. Michael Buckner/Getty Images hide caption

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Jason Isbell's new album is called Southeastern. Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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David Finckel is a longtime member of the Emerson String Quartet. Journeys: Tchaikovsky, Schoenberg is his last recording with the group. Christian Steiner/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tim McGraw's new album is called Two Lanes to Freedom. Nigel Parry/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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T-Bone Burnett, John Mellencamp and Stephen King are the creative team behind Ghosts of Darkland County, a stage show based on a true story of small-town tragedy. Kevin Mazur/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Aoife O'Donovan's first solo album is called Fossils. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Christian McBride. Chi Modu/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tenor Douglas Bowles (left), pianist Alex Hassan and soprano Karin Paludan perform music from The Greatest Songs You've Never Heard in NPR's Studio 1. Gabriella Demczuk/NPR hide caption

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