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L'Orkestre des Pas Perdus' latest album, L'âge du cuivre, was just nominated for a Juno Award.

Read A Cirque Du Soleil For The Senses: Five Jazz Groups From Montreal WBGO

June 28, 2012 – Preview some of the artists playing the Montreal International Jazz Festival, a musical grand prix. WBGO

Read NPR Music's 25 Favorite Albums Of 2012 (So Far)

June 25, 2012 – Highlights from the first half of 2012 include albums from Jack White, Usher and Alabama Shakes.

Wayne Shorter's 2003 album Alegria finds the saxophonist and composer matching his quartet with orchestral textures.

Read 5 Great Works Of Modern Chamber Jazz

June 25, 2012 – Bassist Matt Ulery picks some of his favorite mergers of classical and folk music with the blues.

Lianne La Havas

Read Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

June 18, 2012 – Download new music from Metric, Lianne La Havas, John Fullbright, Brownout and alt-J.

This mix is best enjoyed in warm weather, near a large body of water, with your old school boombox turned up to 11.

Read NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs Of 2012 (So Far)

June 12, 2012 – Hear our 50 favorite ecstatic, joyful, surprising and swooning songs of the last six months.

Jack DeJohnette.

Read Jack DeJohnette: 70 Years Of Propulsive, Percussive Mastery Jazz24

May 31, 2012 – Hear five songs from 1966 to the present which showcase the great drummer at the top of his powers. Jazz24

Legendary bassist Ron Carter turns 75 today.

Read Ron Carter: 75 Years Of Superb Bass

May 4, 2012 – He's a phenomenal soloist, but his reliability is what's landed him on more than 2,000 recordings.

Brazilian superstar Michel Teló is burning up Billboard's Latin Songs chart with "Ai Se Eu Te Pego."

Read What's Hot On The Billboard Latin Charts

April 22, 2012 – The artists ruling Latin music in the U.S. have had a little help from YouTube and soccer.


Toledo, Ohio's Culture Clash Records is one of the many stores opening their doors this Saturday with exclusive new vinyl.

Read 13 Reasons To Visit Your Local Record Store Today

April 19, 2012 – Out of hundreds of releases, a baker's dozen that bring out our inner rabid collectors.

E.Y. "Yip" Harburg.

Read Yip Harburg: A Lyricist For The Ages Jazz24

April 18, 2012 – Hear five singers take on one of the chief architects of the American popular song canon. Jazz24

Little Ann on the cover of Deep Shadows, reissued in 2009.

Read 5 Long-Lost Soul Songs

April 9, 2012 – From history's shadows, these high-quality soul tracks all feature women who deserve to be heard.

Pretty in punk.

Read Occupy Prom Night: Six Prom Themes You Wish You'd Had

April 6, 2012 – NPR Music's staff picks six songs for wishful thinkers and other alternate-universe prom-goers.

A detail from the cover of Minoru Muraoka's collaboration with Herbie Mann, Gagaku and Beyond.

Read The Shakuhachi Jazz Of Minoru Muraoka

April 3, 2012 – Hear five haunting songs from the late '60s to early '70s. We file them under jazz only by default.

The Madame Walker Theater is one of the surviving iconic buildings on Indiana Avenue.

Read The Once-Thriving Jazz Scene Of ... Indianapolis? WFIU

March 28, 2012 – Indiana Avenue, the "main stem" of the city's black community, hosted master musicians nightly. WFIU

A portrait of Bach, projected in December 2005 on a skyscraper in his longtime home city of Leipzig, Germany.

Read The 'Goldbergs,' Remixed

March 23, 2012 – The Goldbergs in alternate guises, from versions for solo harp to one for a flock of viols.

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