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Crate Digging: McCoy Tyner's never-before-heard set at the Village Vanguard

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World Cafe Culture Corner: David Bowie in Philadelphia

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The members of C4 Trio, L-R: Rodner Padilla, Edward Ramírez, Héctor Molina and Jorge Glem José Blanco /Courtesy of GroundUP Music hide caption

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The cuatro players of C4 Trio are the future of Venezuela's national instrument

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Singer Bobby McFerrin performs at The 39th Annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell - Day 6 at The New Orleans Fair Grounds on May 3, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic hide caption

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Bobby McFerrin reflects on going from the hotel bar to prescribing 'medicine music'

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Tony Malaby, photographed in the fall of 2021, underneath the New Jersey Turnpike. Randy Thaler hide caption

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Saxophonist Tony Malaby's unlikely pandemic practice space: the New Jersey Turnpike

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A red-tailed black cockatoo is seen sitting on a branch with the moon behind it. The bird is one of more than 50 featured on the album Songs of Disappearance that features the sounds of many of Australia's endangered birds. Byron Hakanson/Birdlife Australia hide caption

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An album made entirely of endangered bird sounds beat Taylor Swift on a top 50 chart

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In 2021, Lil Nas X, whose single "Old Town Road" holds the record for the most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, delivered his debut album Montero and cemented his ability to bend media platforms to his will. Photo Illustration by Renee Klahr/NPR/Getty Images hide caption

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The Beatles on Mount Doom (or a still from Peter Jackson's Get Back, a documentary constructed from footage shot during the making of the band's last studio albums and final performance). Linda McCartney/Apple Corps Ltd. hide caption

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Terence Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in My Bones is the first presentation of a work by a Black composer in the Met Opera's 138-year history. Ken Howard/Met Opera hide caption

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Children's artist Jazzy Ash wraps up a busy year with new Christmas songs

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Mickey Guyton, Adia Victoria and Chapel Hart's Devynn Hart have made the industry a more welcoming place for others who look like them. Photo Illustration by Renee Klahr/NPR; Getty Images hide caption

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Will Liverman, an up-and-coming baritone, feared the COVID-era shutdown of live music would end his career. Instead, he's one of a number of opera singers for whom pandemic stress transformed into creative freedom. Jaclyn Simpson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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