February 28, 2005 In the 1960s and '70s, Milford Graves was a jazz drummer who played with New York's avant-garde. He's still a musician, but he spends a great deal of time exploring the relationship between music and the human heart. Some doctors think he's onto something.
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February 22, 2005 In New York City this past weekend, a collection of jazz memorabilia went up on the auction block. Items offered for sale by Guernsey's Auction House included the original hand-written version of John Coltrane's poem A Love Supreme. NPR's Allison Keyes reports.
February 16, 2005 For generations, New York's Village Vanguard has been at the center of American jazz. Ashley Kahn reports on the celebration marking the 70th anniversary of the legendary club.
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February 14, 2005 The 47th annual Grammy Awards were presented on Sunday night honoring musical recordings in 107 categories from rock to rap. NPRs Performance Today presents a wrap-up of this year's classical music winners.
February 11, 2005 For the first time, Sunday's Grammy Awards ceremony includes contenders for best Hawaiian music album. The nominees include guitarists and singers who take different approaches to their state's musical traditions.
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February 10, 2005 The music that defines youth culture also fuels heated debate. Critics say the issue is self-respect and the degradation of women. We look at taking sexism, misogyny and hip-hop music.
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February 10, 2005 For the first time in years, the major recording labels would seem to have something to celebrate. Album sales grew modestly in 2004, after several consecutive years of declines. Sales of online downloads rose too. But the industry still faces an uncertain future.
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January 29, 2005 Mozart's "Mass in C-Minor," which he failed to finish before his own death more than 200 years ago, was recently completed by a living composer. The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the choral group VocalEssence recently performed the updated version.
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January 28, 2005 Over 100 years ago, farming communities in middle Tennessee produced a folk instrument unique to the area. Similar to a dulcimer, the instrument, called a Tennessee music box, was much more clunky in appearance.
January 27, 2005 As part of a continuing series on the connection between folk music from around the world and western classical music, NPR's Fred Child talks about the Spanish national dance with Eva Encinias, director of the National Institute of Flamenco.
January 26, 2005 During the last two decades, Chinese traditional music has begun to have a real impact on Western classical music. In the third of a five-part series, NPR's Fred Child explores the connections between folk traditions from around the world and the western tradition of art music.
January 23, 2005 Miami's New World Symphony offers a unique educational environment for talented young musicians. The artists have all their expenses paid while they play a concert season, build their repertoires and study with veteran conductors. But the symphony fellowships don't just stop at musical training. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.
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January 22, 2005 With almost no major reviews or marketing, the coming-of-age story Hairstyles of the Damned has sold 20,000 copies and gone into its third printing. Scott Simon talks with the novel's author, Joe Meno.
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January 17, 2005 Robert Darden, former gospel music editor for Billboard magazine — and now an assistant professor of English at Baylor University — chronicles the genre in his book People Get Ready! A New History of Black Gospel Music.
January 13, 2005 Composer Richard Perlmutter again takes on some of the world's most famous classical tunes, and adds fun lyrics to the music. Beethoven's Wig 2, the sequel to the original, outrageous CD, has been nominated for a Grammy. NPR's Renee Montagne talks to Perlmutter about his strategy for getting kids to have some serious fun with the classics.
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