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Meshell Ndegeocello says she hopes her new album, a tribute to Nina Simone, revives interest in the work and life of the late artist.

Read Meshell Ndegeocello Honors Simone's 'Sovereign Soul'

November 26, 2012 – The singer performs the songs of Nina Simone on her new album, Pour Une Âme Souveraine.


Nina Simone (left) and actress Zoe Saldana are seen in this composite image. Saldana has been cast to play the late singer in a film biopic.

Read Controversial Casting For A Nina Simone Biopic

November 20, 2012 – Zoe Saldana will play the iconic singer in an upcoming film, a choice that's proved controversial.


From coffeehouses to punk clubs, Matt Haimovitz has played his cello in some surprising places.

Listen From Schubert To Hendrix: Guest DJ Matt Haimovitz

November 15, 2012 – Hear an eclectic mix of music as the adventurous cellist spins his favorites in the studio.


Peter Gabriel

Read Guest DJ Peter Gabriel

October 16, 2012 – The singer shares some of his favorite songs by other artists and talks about his classic album So.


Nina Simone, 1969.

Watch My American Dream Sounds Like Nina Simone

July 2, 2012 – Salamishah Tillet explains why Simone's pursuit of a life without fear is still a lesson for us all.

Mexican American artist Lila Downs

Listen Guest DJ Lila Downs: The Music That Makes Her Fierce

February 29, 2012 – The Mexican American singer shares music that changed her life, from Miles Davis to Orishas.


Artwork for Bill Potts' 1959 album, The Jazz Soul of Porgy and Bess.

Read Five Classic Jazz Takes On 'Porgy And Bess' WFIU

September 1, 2011 – The controversial Gershwin opera has long been an inspiration to jazz musicians. Hear five songs. WFIU

Listen 'Princess' Nina Simone: The Voice Of A Movement

June 17, 2010 – In Princess Noire, Nadine Cohodas chronicles Simone's life and passion for civil rights.


Watch Five For Friday

May 21, 2010 – It's Friday! Here are 5 music videos.

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Listen Nina Simone: The 'Princess Noire'

March 3, 2010 – Nadine Cohodas' book tells the story of the singer's evolution from musician to civil rights icon.


Martin Luther King Jr.

Read Songs Of The Civil Rights Movement Jazz24

January 18, 2010 – Hear five blues and jazz songs about the movement's setbacks, hardships and hard-won victories. Jazz24

Read Evolution Of A Song: 'Strange Fruit'

June 22, 2009 – Hear singers who have invested the song with new meaning, including Billie Holiday and Rene Marie.

Halloween Jack-o-Lantern.

Read Trick Or Treat With A Beat: Halloween Jazz WBGO

October 27, 2008 – Halloween may have a new rhythm as you get older, but some of the best ear candy hasn't changed. WBGO

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