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Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck plays at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1981, the same year he played for Susan Stamberg on her family's upright piano.

Read Susan Stamberg's Special Memory Of Dave Brubeck

December 8, 2012 – NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg shares her story of the pianist and composer.


Tracey Thorn's new holiday-themed album is called Tinsel and Lights.

Read Tracey Thorn Finds Joy And Angst In Christmas Songs

December 8, 2012 – On Tinsel and Lights, the English singer confronts the holiday season's mixed blessings.


Scottish producer Calvin Harris presents the fruits of a prolific year and a half on the new album 18 Months.

Watch Calvin Harris On Dance-Pop As A 'Futuristic Experiment'

December 8, 2012 – The Scottish producer behind Rihanna's "We Found Love" has thoroughly infiltrated American pop.


Daniel Bachman was a teenager when he struck up a friendship with Jack Rose, the prolific guitarist who died in 2009 at 38.

Read Fingerstylist Jack Rose Remembered As A Friend

December 9, 2012 – Fellow guitarist Daniel Bachman was a teen when he struck up a friendship with the late musician.


Will Hoge.

Watch Will Hoge On Mountain Stage

December 7, 2012 – Hear the Nashville native play his soulful country hits and discuss his life in the Music City.


Diana Newlon leads the OHDELA chorus from her Akron living room.

Read An Unlikely Youth Chorus Comes Together Online

December 8, 2012 – Students enrolled in an Ohio online school are getting the chance to hear their voices in harmony.


Dave Brubeck at the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors.

Listen Dave Brubeck On Piano Jazz

December 7, 2012 – The legendary pianist and host Marian McPartland duet in "Just You, Just Me" in this 1997 session.


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Contracts Roasting On An Open Fire

December 7, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, whose recording of music by John Adams made our Top 10 of 2012.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

December 7, 2012 – What you want to know this week, from our ten must-hear albums to Brubeck's take on classical.

The dreamy cover image of The Smashing Pumpkins' landmark 1995 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the work of illustrator John Craig.

Read 'Mellon Collie' Mystery Girl

December 7, 2012 – The visual icon of the Smashing Pumpkins' landmark 1995 album is a woman of multiple personalities.

In a 1999 interview with Fresh Air's Terry Gross, Dave Brubeck talked about his decades in the music industry and his first love: rodeo roping.

Listen Celebrating The Life Of Jazz Pianist Dave Brubeck

December 7, 2012 – The jazz master died on Wednesday at age 91. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1999.


The Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Read Forgotten Gems From The Dave Brubeck Quartet

December 7, 2012 – Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a few of the more obscure titles from Dave Brubeck's quartet.


Barry Manilow's latest release, The Classic Christmas Album, includes holiday classics from his previous three Christmas albums.

Watch Barry Manilow On Singing Standards And His Real Job

December 7, 2012 – The pop legend spoke to Morning Edition about the Great American Songbook, his career and "Mandy."


Catie Curtis.

Listen Catie Curtis On Mountain Stage

December 6, 2012 – In her fifth appearance on the show, the singer performs songs from Stretch Limousine on Fire.


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