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The band noori was invited by the State Department to tour the U.S., as part of a program called Center Stage.

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February 22, 2013 – A State Department program brings international musicians to Main Street America.


Duke Ellington's compositions present a timeless contribution to American music's legacy.

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February 21, 2013 – Composers such as Duke Ellington have captured black history in long-form works. Hear five examples. WFIU

G Dep in "Let's Get It."

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February 21, 2013 – It all started with mummies and a basketball tournament, depending on whom you ask.


Gilda Grey, the dancer who is sometimes credited with naming the shimmy, in London in 1928.

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February 21, 2013 – A century ago, a different dance craze swept from African-American clubs to the world.

Barry Manilow performing at the opening night of his show Manilow On Broadway in January.

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February 21, 2013 – For writer Danyel Smith, the show wasn't kitschy — it fulfilled the dreams of her 13-year-old self.

Mindy McCready performing in 2008 in Nashville.

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February 18, 2013 – The country singer with the wide-open sob in her voice and a high-drama life was 37.

Zuoxiao Zuzhou performing at his first concert in Beijing in two years on Jan. 18.

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February 18, 2013 – The eccentric singer's lyrics address food scandals, forced housing demolitions and abuses of power.


John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, pictured above in January 1970, are the subjects of Jonathan Cott's new book Days That I'll Remember. Cott met Lennon in 1968 and was friends with the couple.

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February 17, 2013 – Jonathan Cott was the last journalist to interview John Lennon before the singer's death.


Singer-songwriter Amos Dolce on the set of the video for his song "Haiti, Haiti," which Konbit Mizik produced.

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February 17, 2013 – Natural disasters have wracked the tiny nation, inspiring a few survivors to speak out in song.


Tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

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February 16, 2013 – The man called the greatest living Wagnerian tenor says he's bound by duty to honor the composer.


Harmony — it's in the ear of the beholder, Australian researchers say.

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February 15, 2013 – A new study says that when you don't understand music, you don't even really hear it.

Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, winner of Album of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards. To date, the band's winning album, Babel, has sold 1,737,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

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February 15, 2013 – The Grammy Award for Album of the Year promises a huge increase in sales, but results may vary.

Pianist Darrell Grant is one of the anchors of the Portland jazz community.

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February 14, 2013 – The Portland Jazz Festival, opening Friday, turns the spotlight on a diverse community of talent. KMHD

Richard Thompson's new album is titled Electric.

Read Richard Thompson's New Album Examines 'Electric' Love

February 14, 2013 – The singer-songwriter often writes songs about his complex relationships with women.


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