Planet Money
2:15 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?

A Stradivarius violin at the restoration and research laboratory of the Musee de la Musique, Paris, in 2009.
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 7:00 pm

The Stradivarius violin gets its name from master craftsman Antonio Stradivari. When he died in 1737, his secrets died with him: No one has ever been able to duplicate the sound of the violins or violas he made.

His instruments have taken on a mythical quality. Today they fetch millions of dollars at auctions; Sotheby's will soon auction off a viola that it expects to sell for $45 million.

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Song Travels
12:46 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Diane Schuur On 'Song Travels'

Diane Schuur.
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Blessed with perfect pitch and a resonant voice, vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur received her training at the Washington State School for the Blind. Today, Schuur is a two-time Grammy winner who has performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:53 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Clint Eastwood On Piano Jazz

Clint Eastwood at the piano in Monterey, Calif.
Chris Felver Getty Images

Clint Eastwood is best known for his work in Hollywood, but he's also a composer and jazz aficionado. Combining his love of both art forms, he's included classic jazz recordings in his films — including Play Misty for Me, which features the famous Errol Garner ballad.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
6:01 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Next Time on ATJ: Assorted Jazz Greats Doing Henry Mancini's Compositions

The late composer/arranger/bandleader Henry Mancini would've turned 90 last month; he died at 70 of pancreatic cancer. Much like Quincy Jones, who turned 81 in March, Mancini had a legendary and stylistically diverse tenure in American music, from hip jazz and chart-topping pop to crossover projects and big-band charts and configurations extraordinaire, with lots of award-winning TV and film scoring along the way.

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Mountain Stage
3:49 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Sean Keane On Mountain Stage

Sean Keane on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:17 pm

Sean Keane appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

Born into the famous musical Keane family of Caherlistrane in the north of County Galway, Sean Keane began singing with the Keane Family Ceilidh Band when he was a toddler; he learned the traditional sean-nós style of singing from his mother and his aunts. Today, he remains one of the few Irish singers to incorporate the style, which is a precursor to unaccompanied Appalachian ballad singing.

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1:44 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Transcendental Doxology on Performance Oklahoma

Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble

The Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble presents Transcendental Doxology

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All Songs TV
1:24 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Chris Schlarb, 'The Great Receiver'

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Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 3:10 pm

The video was animated and directed by Imma Almourzaeva. "The Great Receiver" is from Schlarb's upcoming album, Making The Saint, due out May 27 on Asthmatic Kitty.

All Songs Considered
12:53 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Come Make Some Noise With Us In Brooklyn On June 21st!

Composer and drummer Sunny Jain, the founder of Red Baraat, is writing 100 BPM as a commission from NPR Music.
Wills Glasspiegal Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 2:55 pm

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World Cafe
7:12 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Ryley Walker On World Cafe

Ryley Walker.
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Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:47 pm

This April, acoustic guitarist and songwriter Ryley Walker released his debut album, All Kinds Of You, on Tompkins Square Records. The Chicago resident takes inspiration from 1960s folk stars like Bert Jansch and Tim Hardin, and you can also hear hints of Walker's past in free jazz in the way he plays.

Listen to the promising — and funny — guitarist speak with World Cafe host David Dye and perform three songs in our studio.

All Songs Considered
10:03 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Bob Dylan Covers A Classic Tune

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A new Bob Dylan recording popped up on his site just now. You have to go there to hear it — it's a version of the classic 1945 song, "Full Moon and Empty Arms." The tune is written by Buddy Kaye — known for writing hits for Sinatra, Ella and Elvis — and Ted Mossman, and based on Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.

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