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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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'Nothing Less Than A Treasure Trove': Joe Castro Box Set Features Hidden Jazz Gems

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Jazz pianist Erroll Garner was well-loved in the 1950s and '60s for his energetic playing. Thanks to the Erroll Garner Jazz Project, much of his music is being restored. Courtesy of the Erroll Garner Jazz Project hide caption

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The Erroll Garner Jazz Project Restores A 'Profound Cultural Gift'

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When Apple used the song "1234" in a 2007 iPod commercial, it turned Canadian singer Feist into a star. A panel at this year's SXSW agreed that music licensing remains lucrative — and complicated. YouTube hide caption

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'How Did This Song Get In That Commercial?' Some Answers From SXSW

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Rapper Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest performs at H2O Music Festival at Los Angeles Historical Park on Aug. 17, 2013. Chelsea Lauren/WireImage/Getty Images hide caption

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Phife Dawg, A Founding Member Of A Tribe Called Quest, Dies At 45

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Audra McDonald in rehearsal for the upcoming musical Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. Devin Alberda/Rinaldi PR hide caption

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The Musical That Ushered In The Jazz Age Gets Its Own Musical

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Actors onstage during a performance of Fallujah. The Long Beach Opera production is based on the combat experiences of a U.S. Marine in Iraq, and was co-written with an Iraqi-American. Keith Ian Polakoff/Long Beach Opera hide caption

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An Iraq War Opera Finds A Vein Of Empathy

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Audie Cornish and Stephen Thompson on the streets of Austin, TX during South by Southwest. Adam Kissick/NPR hide caption

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SXSW At 30, With A View From Street Level

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Anderson .Paak blended modern hip-hop and classic soul in a timeless blend at NPR Music's SXSW showcase. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

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Wednesday Night Dispatch From SXSW 2016

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