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Mike Doughty In Concert

XPN

After leading the frenetically inventive band Soul Coughing throughout the '90s, Doughty embarked on a solo career. Though doing so meant making a huge shift from eclectic big-band alt-rock to sparse acoustic sets, he found remarkable success during a long cross-country tour. Hear Doughty perform live in concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

Mike Doughty In Concert

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Ambrose Akinmusire: Shining At Kennedy Center

WBGO

Ambrose Akinmusire says, "A lot of people think I'm an over-achiever, but I don't believe there's such a thing." With a warm yet assertive tone, the trumpeter leads a quintet at the KC Jazz Club in a concert recorded by JazzSet.

Ambrose Akinmusire In Concert On JazzSet

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Benjamin Gibbard, Jay Farrar In Concert

Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo) and Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) take the stage together to perform songs inspired by the writings of Jack Kerouac.

Benjamin Gibbard, Jay Farrar In Concert

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Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros

At 10 members, this is the biggest band ever to play a Tiny Desk Concert in the NPR Music offices. But singers Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos still find a way to command attention.

Teresa Stubs

Patrick Watson, Live From CMJ 2009

KEXP

One of Bob Boilen's favorite discoveries of the year, Watson makes imaginative pop with a cinematic bent. So NPR Music jumped at the opportunity to record his concert at The Mercury Lounge in New York City Thursday, performed as part of the CMJ Music Festival.

Patrick Watson, Live From CMJ 2009

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Andrew Bird, Recorded Live In Concert

XPN

Wielding many instruments and a remarkable whistling ability, Bird has developed an offbeat marriage of classical and pop music over the course of his decade-long career. The musical polymath has never been one to limit his sound, incorporating traditional folk, swing, zydeco, rock, electronica and indie-pop into his work. Hear Bird perform live in concert from WXPN in Philadelphia.

Andrew Bird, Recorded Live In Concert

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Stars Celebrate 30 Years Of Piano Jazz: Set III

The anniversary concert featured offerings by Randy Weston, Karrin Allyson, Cedar Walton and more.

Jazz Stars Celebrate 30 Years Of Piano Jazz, Set One 4/14/09

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Milton Nascimento: Dedicated To Jobim

WBGO

Nascimento's miraculous voice is one gift. Brazilian music is another — passionate and in an innately beautiful language. It's his birthday on Oct. 26, so we celebrate with last year's celebration at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, with Newark's Portuguese-speaking community understanding every word, the world-renowned Nascimento celebrates bossa nova pioneer Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Milton Nascimento: Dedicated To Jobim

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Ran Blake "recomposes" scenes, songs and personalities in this concert from WGBH. Jonah Kraut hide caption

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Ran Blake: Solo Piano, In Concert

WGBH Radio

If there are ghosts in the music, Ran Blake finds them and stretches their abstract melodies into an unknown ether. The 74-year-old pianist crosses streams of music, film and life in what he calls "recompositions," which amount to long strands of improvisation from multiple, original compositions. In his only concert of 2009, a small audience witnessed his recompositions unfold.

Ran Blake In Concert On Eric In The Evening 3/18/09

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Stars Celebrate 30 Years Of Piano Jazz: Set II

A flurry of pianists and guitarist John Pizzarelli put an exclamation point on the all-star concert.

Hear Set II

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