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Read Les Paul: Inventor and Innovator

September 27, 2013 – Paul was a lifelong tinkerer, building a railroad rail guitar as a teen and hearing aids in his 90s.


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera for NPR.

Read New At K.486 Mart

September 27, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Celia Cruz, the queen of salsa.

Listen 5 Latin Songs, Engineered To Cheer You Up

September 27, 2013 – Alt.Latino listeners recommend Latin songs they seek out when they're feeling low and need a boost.


Eliane Elias.

Listen Eliane Elias On Piano Jazz

September 27, 2013 – Elias explores Bill Evans' work with host Marian McPartland in 2008.

King Krule performs live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

Watch King Krule, 'Baby Blue' (Live) KCRW

September 27, 2013 – Watch the crooning redhead make his U.S. radio debut on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. KCRW

Charlie Parker, shown here in an undated photo, was a legendary jazz saxophonist.

Read Sax, Drugs And Jazz: Charlie Parker's 'Lightning'-Fast Rise

September 27, 2013 – Craig M. Teicher reviews Kansas City Lightning, Stanley Crouch's long-awaited bio of a jazz legend.

Mulatu Astatke is known as the father of "Ethio-jazz." His new album, Sketches of Ethiopia, is a multinational collaboration that mixes many styles but stays true to Astatke's Ethiopian roots.

Read After 40 Years, Mulatu Astatke Still 'Sketches' Ethio-Jazz Deftly

September 26, 2013 – The pioneering composer's signature style is as fresh on his new album as it was 40 years ago.


Pokey LaFarge and his band, the South City Three.

Read Pokey LaFarge On World Cafe WXPN

September 26, 2013 – The Midwestern musician and his old-time band bring their throwback charm to the stage at WXPN. WXPN

The Shangri-Las on the cover of the "Leader of the Pack" single.

Watch Bumpy, Bikers And The Story Behind 'Leader Of The Pack'

September 26, 2013 – A new compilation collects Shadow Morton's hits for The Shangri-Las, Iron Butterfly and Janis Ian.


Will listening to music streaming services land you here in the afterlife?

Read Does Using Spotify Make You A Bad Person?

September 26, 2013 – Online streaming services rarely generate a lot of royalties. What's an ethical music fan to do?

Terri Lyne Carrington

Listen Terri Lyne Carrington On JazzSet WBGO

September 26, 2013 – The drummer presents Money Jungle, a version of the Ellington/Mingus/Roach LP, live at Berklee. WBGO


Wooden Wand & The World War IV.

Read Wooden Wand Is Playing At 'Debbie Harry's House'

September 26, 2013 – World War IV is all gnarly and distorted and downtrodden, big-men-with-big-feelings kind of stuff.

Alan Jackson's The Bluegrass Album combines new originals with some staples of the genre.

Read 'You Can Always Come Home': Alan Jackson On Family And Bluegrass

September 26, 2013 – The country superstar discusses the personal stories behind his latest release, The Bluegrass Album.


Rokia Traoré's latest album is titled Beautiful Africa.

Watch Rokia Traoré On Taking Up Music, And Mali's 'Iron Women'

September 25, 2013 – The Malian singer finished her latest album just as war was breaking out in her home country.


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