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Colin Davis found power in humility later in his career — and one astonished music journalist.

Listen The Conductor Who Gained Power By Giving It Up

April 17, 2013 – Colin Davis was completely at peace with himself, a confidence that radiated like a sacred aura.


Hugh Masekela

Read Jazz Great Hugh Masekela, Fresh Because He's Fascinated

April 17, 2013 – The South African trumpeter says at age 74, "I feel like I'm just beginning."


Boots Riley, in the opening of The Coup's video for "Not Yet Free."

Watch This Was 1993: 20 Years Ago I Heard The Perfect Rap Song

April 17, 2013 – Writer Kiese Laymon swore that hip-hop would never be the same after The Coup's "Not Yet Free."

Though he began his career as a drummer for The Band, Levon Helm kept working long after the group's dissolution. The documentary Ain't in It for My Health captures his final years as a working musician.

Read 'For My Health': The Latter Days Of Levon Helm

April 16, 2013 – Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm is a music doc that sings. (Recommended)

The bebop innovator Dizzy Gillespie on 52nd Street in New York, which was filled with small jazz clubs in the 1940s.

Read How Taxes And Moving Changed The Sound Of Jazz

April 16, 2013 – In the 1940s, more jazz had to be performed in smaller venues — thanks, in part, to the IRS.

The late trumpeter Bud Herseth,  former principal player for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for over 50 years.

Watch Appreciating A Pillar Of The Chicago Sound: Trumpeter Bud Herseth

April 16, 2013 – The legendary trumpeter spent 53 years as principal in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The pianist and saxophonist Kyle Shepherd is one of Cape Town's most highly tipped musicians.

Read South By South Africa: 5 Jazz Acts From The Rainbow Nation WBGO

April 16, 2013 – The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, one of Africa's largest, featured all five of these acts. WBGO

Caroline Shaw, winner of this year's music Pulitzer, performing with the ACME ensemble in New York in September 2012.

Watch Caroline Shaw, 30, Wins Pulitzer For Music

April 15, 2013 – The youthful composer, violinist and vocalist is one of just a handful of female musician winners.

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson also teaches a class at New York University called "Topics in Recorded Music: Classic Albums."

Read Tall Glass Of Rock Star-Ness: A Q&A With Questlove

April 15, 2013 – Questlove, drummer and co-founder of The Roots, talks about his upcoming memoir.

The late Colin Davis conducting the last night of Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall in September 1968.

Watch Remembering Colin Davis, A Conductor Beloved Late In Life

April 14, 2013 – The knighted English conductor who won three Grammys died at age 85 on Sunday.

The cover photo from Nick Drake's 1969 debut, Five Leaves Left, produced by Joe Boyd.

Read Nick Drake: 'A Real Musician's Musician'

April 14, 2013 – Joe Boyd is releasing an album of performances culled from a series of Nick Drake tribute concerts.


Yeah Yeah Yeahs' new album is titled Mosquito.

Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs On Love Songs, New York And Transforming On Stage

April 14, 2013 – Karen O, Nick Zinner and Brian Chase discuss their history, chemistry and the new album Mosquito.


Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's new album is titled We The Common.

Read Thao Nguyen's Musical Life Is Far From 'Common'

April 13, 2013 – A trip to a California women's prison inspired much of the folk-rocker's latest LP, We the Common.


Rudolph Cronau's drawing of Wagner's opera house, Bayreuth, flanked by his birthplace (left) and place of death.

Read Extreme Drama: The Life And Music Of Richard Wagner

April 13, 2013 – For the bicentennial of the controversial composer's birth, conductor Marin Alsop rethinks Wagner.


Alvaro Perez volunteers as a DJ at a socialist party stand in Caracas, Venezuela, playing songs in support of candidate Nicolas Maduro.

Read The Music Of The Venezuelan Presidential Campaigns

April 12, 2013 – In Caracas, music supporting the candidates for the Venezuelan presidency is a constant presence.


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