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Bird Lives! A Charlie Parker Centennial, With Strings Attached

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Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie performs at the Boston Globe Jazz and Blues Festival on Jan. 15, 1966. Bob Daugherty/AP hide caption

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How To Like Jazz, For The Uninitiated

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Edward Norton On World Cafe

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Tenor Lawrence Brownlee plays the title role in the new opera Charlie Parker's Yardbird. Dominic Mercier/Opera Philadelphia hide caption

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Opera And Jazz Mingle In 'Charlie Parker's Yardbird'

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Charlie Parker, shown here in an undated photo, was a legendary jazz saxophonist. STF/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Flutist Hubert Laws is one of many jazz artists to have recorded an adaptation of themes from The Rite of Spring. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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Guatemalan author Eduardo Halfon's most recent book, The Polish Boxer, mesmerized us. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Braid Of Words: Guest DJ Eduardo Halfon, Author Of 'The Polish Boxer'

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Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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From Alt.Latino, With Love: A Valentine's Day Extravaganza

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Charlie Parker: 'Bird Lives!' Part 2

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Judy Garland (right) sang "I Got Rhythm" in the 1943 movie version of the 1930s musical Girl Crazy. Courtesy of MGM hide caption

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Charlie "Bird" Parker. STF/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Donna Lee

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Steve Wilson introduces five alto saxophonists who've mastered this beast of a horn. John Abbott hide caption

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John Abbott