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Bay Area rapper Antwon.

Read AllDayPlay: Turnt Up Radio YouthRadio

August 30, 2013 – We let some Bay Area teens take over an NPR Music Radio channel. The kids are alright. YouthRadio

Woody Shaw made his first recordings 50 years ago at age 18.

Read Woody Shaw: The Last Great Trumpet Innovator

August 14, 2013 – An icon for the generation that followed him, Shaw was the jazz trumpeter of the 1970s.


Read Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

August 7, 2013 – Download music from Kendrick Lamar collaborator Terrace Martin, Volcano Choir, Houndmouth and more.


Dee Alexander is among the artists leading a band for the first time at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.

Read 5 To Watch: Newport Jazz Festival Debuts

July 31, 2013 – The granddaddy of jazz festivals has branched out in recent years in search of new names.

The Freedom Singers make several appearances in our mix of songs inspired by the civil rights movement — a collection that ranges from 1963 to the present day.

Read The Mix: Songs Inspired By The Civil Rights Movement

July 9, 2013 – Listen to a collection of songs that came from and commemorate the struggle for civil rights.

Download Valerie June's "Workin' Woman Blues" in this month's edition of Heavy Rotation.

Read Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

July 8, 2013 – Download new songs by Neko Case, Valerie June, Jason Marsalis, Porter Ray and many other artists.


Louis Armstrong spoke out against the federal government regarding racial issues, but happily played the National Anthem at Newport in 1960.

Read Patriotism And Protest: Jazz For July 4

July 4, 2013 – Improvised takes on American patriotic songs range from the reverent to the ironic.

Caravan Palace.

Read Oui Et Oui: Montreal Jazz's French Connection WBGO

June 27, 2013 – Canada's grandest music event props up the city's elite French and Francophone musicians. WBGO

Graveola celebrates its hometown of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in the song "Babulina's Trip."

Read DJ Betto Arcos Spins The Latest From Brazil

June 23, 2013 – The world music maven brings samba, reggae and more to weekends on All Things Considered.


Mariah Carey in the video for "Always Be My Baby" in 1996.

Read The Songs Of The Summer, 1962-2013

June 21, 2013 – Have these hits of yesteryear aged like a fine wine, or fermented like a stinky cheese? You decide.


Daft Punk in the video for "Get Lucky," one of NPR Music's favorite songs of the year so far.

Read NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013 (So Far)

June 11, 2013 – Let the record show that these are the songs we were feeling during the first half of 2013.

NPR Music's 25 favorite albums of the year (so far)

Read NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of The Year (So Far)

June 11, 2013 – NPR Music's favorite albums of 2013's first half often keep their boundaries blurry.

Madlib, the voice and producer behind Quasimoto.

Read Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

June 7, 2013 – Download new music from Pretty Lights, !!!, Quasimoto, The Shouting Matches, Lorde and many more.


Duke Ellington rehearses for a 1973 concert in London's Westminster Abbey.

Read Duke Ellington: Highlights Of His Twilight WFIU

May 23, 2013 – After writing partner Billy Strayhorn died, the great composer experienced a burst of productivity. WFIU

Woody Herman in 1946.

Read Woody Herman At 100: 'A Blues Player From His Heart'

May 16, 2013 – A reedman, talent scout and bandleader, Herman led "Herds" that were both popular and respected.

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