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Herbie Hancock speaks at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Induction Ceremony 2013 at Harvard University. The JJA awarded the pianist with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday.

Read Jazz Journalists Association Recognizes Its Musicians Of The Year

April 15, 2014 – Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter headline the musicians awarded for achievement in the year 2013.

A fan holds up a giant mask of Este Haim from the rock band HAIM at Coachella.

Read Coachella 2014 In Photos

April 15, 2014 – 115 shots — from HAIM to Pharrell — of the festival that kicks off the summer concert season.

Kanye West performing in New York City, 2012

Read Why We Fight About Pop Music

April 15, 2014 – Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams has won the Pulitzer Prize for music with an homage to the sea called Become Ocean.

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April 14, 2014 – Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

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Big Boi (left) and Andre 3000 perform on stage at Coachella during the first stop on OutKast's reunion tour.

Watch Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

April 14, 2014 – The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

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Rupa and the April Fishes' latest release, Live at the Independent, was recorded in concert at a San Francisco Walk Against Rape fundraiser.

Watch The Cross-Cultural Travels Of A Singing Doctor

April 13, 2014 – When not touring the world with her band, Rupa Marya is an internist at a San Francisco hospital.

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Listen Singer-Songwriter Jesse Winchester Dies

April 11, 2014 – Artists such as Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Elvis Costello covered his songs. He was 69.

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"We're fans, just like the people that come to see us," says Rich Kosak (far right), who plays the role of KISS vocalist Paul Stanley in the Ohio tribute band Mr. Speed.

Watch These Aren't The Rock Hall Inductees You're Looking For

April 10, 2014 – Fans aside, the artists being inducted this year have also inspired scores of imitators.

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Contralto Marian Anderson sang at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939, to an estimated crowd of 75,000 people.

Watch Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

April 9, 2014 – Seventy-five years ago, Marian Anderson sang before a crowd of 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial.

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Rick Blaine, the sentimental tough guy in Casablanca, pined for "As Time Goes By."

Watch Play It Again And Again, Sam

April 7, 2014 – 90 percent of the music we listen to, we've heard before.

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The late Wayne Henderson toured with an incarnation of The Crusaders in 1995.

Read Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies

April 7, 2014 – With his fellow Houston natives, the trombonist started a band that would encompass more than jazz.

Antique bows were often made with a small piece of ivory that clamps the bow hairs onto the wood.

Read Musicians, Take Note: Your Instrument May Be Contraband

April 7, 2014 – Tighter regulations on ivory coming in and out of the U.S. could have a serious impact on musicians.

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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

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