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Detail from cover of Geri Allen, A Child Is Born.
December 21, 2011 For whatever reason, a number of fine jazz pianists have recorded Christmas albums for this holiday season. Here are five tracks from a few of the standout records released this year — with a bonus from a disc coming early next year.
A real skeletal jazz band.
October 27, 2011 Dig the grave, gone sounds of some wickedly good music, including a brass-filled "Thriller."
Got your burger ready?
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June 30, 2011 As America's birthday approaches, here are five tasty offerings for your Fourth of July celebration.
Ella Fitzgerald: Putting all her Easter eggs in one basket.
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April 21, 2011 If being hopped up on baskets full of sugary springtime sweets doesn't put a spring in your step, then here are five songs to help you hop into the Easter spirit.
March 15, 2011 St. Patrick's Day is a holiday when everybody is Irish: wearing at least a splash of green, getting together with friends for a pint or a party, and so on. To celebrate the day, here are some jazz songs that wear the green, at least in their titles, as well as musical tributes to Ireland.
Second Chief "Lil Bo" of the Wild Magnolias.
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March 8, 2011 The traditions of Mardi Gras are a huge part of New Orleans' cultural identity. Hear five artists whose music you might find playing on the streets of the Crescent City during Mardi Gras.
December 14, 2010 The holiday spirit, powerful though it may be, just doesn't work for everybody: Some folks simply hate the season. These five blues songs are for the killjoys -- who, after all, need to get something for the holidays.
February 8, 2010 Lovey-dovey romantic types get all the attention on Valentine's Day. But not everyone wants to be in love right about now, and some relationships just happen to be hitting their expiration date this very minute. Listen to five songs that are perfect for those looking to break someone's heart.
September 4, 2009 Americans have been observing Labor Day since 1894, through cycles of economic good times and bad times. Here are five songs by great blues and soul artists on the subject of work — and, whenever possible, the avoidance thereof.
June 1, 2009 What do chocolate pudding, smiles, gingerbread, fishing and dairy products have to do with each other? They all have lesser-known holidays dedicated to them in the month of June. Celebrate these delightfully obscure days with Jimmy Heath, Louis Armstrong and more.
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