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The Record
3:28 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

My American Dream Sounds Like Woody Guthrie And Lila Downs

Lila Downs performs at the Miami International Film Festival in March.
Gustavo Caballero Courtesy of Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 5:24 pm

The song that sounds like my American Dream is "Pastures of Plenty," a medley of Woody Guthrie tunes interpreted by Lila Downs.

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All Songs Considered Blog
3:00 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Old Music Tuesday: Andy Griffith's 'Flop-Eared Mule'

Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor and Ron Howard as his son, "Opie" Taylor sing together in 1962.
CBS via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 9:31 pm

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Music Reviews
2:49 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Serbia's Markovic Orkestar Breaks Boundaries With Brass

Boban and Marko Markovic are the father and son behind Serbia's Markovic Orkestar.
Michael Mann Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 6:06 pm

If you're planning a wedding, and looking for music that's fresh, irresistible and completely unexpected, you might want to consider The Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar, a cutting-edge Gypsy brass band from southern Serbia. A new best-of compilation called Golden Horns puts the group's wild, genre-bending flair on full display.

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A Blog Supreme
1:58 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Heavy Rotation: George Benson, 'Naima'

George Benson.
Concord Jazz

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:28 pm

With Supreme blogger Patrick Jarenwattananon on vacation, we asked jazz music directors from around public radio to highlight songs that have been in heavy rotation at their stations. Today's pick comes from Gary G. Vercelli of Northern California's Capital Public Radio.

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Favorite Sessions
1:52 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Daniel Freedman: Lessons From Motoring In Mali

Jazz musician Daniel Freedman on drums performing at WBGO studio sessions in Newark, NJ on June 22, 2012.
Melanie Burford for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 3:04 pm

The itinerant path of a touring musician is nothing new. Drummer Daniel Freedman has walked that walk with New York jazz groups, salsa units, forro bands and on international tours with Angelique Kidjo. He has also taken the road less travelled – by bus.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:31 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

'Dead Man Walking' Sings Again

Joyce DiDonato as Sister Helen Prejean and Philip Cutlip as Joseph De Rocher in Jake Heggie's opera Dead Man Walking.
Felix Sanchez courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 7:03 pm

It's so rare for a new opera — let alone a new American opera — to be recorded even once. But few new operas have been so rapturously received as Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, which recounts the true story of a Catholic nun, Sister Helen Prejean, and the convicted rapist and double murderer Joseph De Rocher before he was executed by the state of Louisiana.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:17 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Copland's 'Lincoln Portrait': Honest Abe's Oratory, Tailored For Orchestra

Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 11:39 am

Brooklyn-born Aaron Copland was an American original in more ways than one. It's not just his music, with its openness and simple elegance. It's that he expected ballet dancers to act like cowboys, pianists to play blues and orchestra players to accompany political speechmaking. His Lincoln Portrait, composed during World War II, matches words from our 16th president with symphonic music.

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The Record
2:07 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

My American Dream Sounds Like Nina Simone

Nina Simone, 1969.
Jack Robinson Courtesy of Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 4, 2012 6:59 pm

I discovered Nina Simone through the back door. I would like to claim that I grew up on her classic songs, like "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "Four Women" and "Mississippi Goddam." But I didn't. Like so many of my generation, I found her through hip-hop loops and samples.

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A Blog Supreme
1:24 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Ahmad Jamal: Still Fearless And Innovative At 82

Ahmad Jamal at the grand piano during the Blue Moon sessions.
Jacques Beneich

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 4:17 pm

Today jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal celebrates his 82nd birthday, presumably near Montauban, France, where he will play a gig tomorrow. In fact, he'll spend most of the month in France, The Netherlands, Greece, Switzerland and Turkey doing what he does best: pouring himself into his enchanting music.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:57 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Summer Souvenirs: 75 Years Of Tanglewood In Pictures

Seiji Ozawa and Arthur Fielder, aboard a train during Tanglewood on Parade, 1975.
Heinz Weissenstein/Whitestone Photo courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 2:34 pm

Join us Friday as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood, the summer music festival that is both the seasonal home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a legendary destination in its own right.

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