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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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