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Harry Connick Jr. On Piano Jazz

Harry Connick Jr. On Piano Jazz

When Harry Connick Jr. sat down with host Marian McPartland in 1991, he was in his twenties, had already won two Grammy Awards and was coming off ...

Mel Torme On Piano Jazz

Mel Torme On Piano Jazz

Described by film critic Rex Reed as "America's greatest male singer," Mel Tormé (1925-99) was one of the most versatile performers of his day.On...

Anthony Strong On 'Song Travels'

Anthony Strong On ‘Song Travels’

British jazz vocalist and pianist Anthony Strong built his reputation as a session pianist, supporting stars like B.B. King. His EP release Delove...

'Voices Within The Music': A Brief History Of Guitar Effects

‘Voices Within The Music': A Brief History Of Guitar Effects

by Allyson McCabe Musicians, it seems, have always wanted to alter the sounds of their instruments. Over the course of centuries, strings have ...

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

McQsJazz.com Video Of The Week

Check out this week's video featuring Marcus Miller performing Tutu only on McQsJazz.com...

Ellis Marsalis' 80th Birthday Concert

Ellis Marsalis’ 80th Birthday Concert

by PATRICK JARENWATTANANON Ellis Marsalis is a father figure of modern jazz — in quite a few ways. As a pianist, he was among the first gener...

The Music Midnight Makes: In Conversation With Joni Mitchell

The Music Midnight Makes: In Conversation With Joni Mitchell

by Renee Montagne It turns out that Joni Mitchell keeps the same hours as the Morning Edition staff. She recently showed up at NPR's studio in ...

From Idina Menzel To The Duke Boys, Surveying 2014's Would-Be Holiday Hitmakers

From Idina Menzel To The Duke Boys, Surveying 2014’s Would-Be Holiday Hitmakers

by NPR Staff Every year, an already massive catalog of holiday music swells further, as artists from across a vast spectrum churn out new takes...

SpokFrevo Orquestra: Carnival And Jazz

SpokFrevo Orquestra: Carnival And Jazz

During Carnival in Brazil, music fills the streets. And often that music is frevo, a genre drawing from marches, Brazilian quadrilha, polka and cl...

Chris Rock On Standup, Sellouts And Defining Success

Chris Rock On Standup, Sellouts And Defining Success

by NPR Staff Quick: Can you name your top five favorite singers? What about authors? And comedians? Chris Rock plays this game in his new movie...

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Japan's Butter Shortage Whips Its Cake Makers Into A Frenzy

Japan’s Butter Shortage Whips Its Cake Makers Into A Frenzy

by NPR Staff We are well into the Christmas season, and if you live in Japan, that means sponge cake. The traditional Japanese Christmas dish is served with strawberries and cream, and it is rich, thanks to lots and lots of butter...

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Film

An Updated 'Annie' And The Tradition Of Nontraditional Casting

An Updated ‘Annie’ And The Tradition Of Nontraditional Casting

by Bob Mondello That lovable moppet with the red dress, the curly hair, the big dog, and the even bigger voice is back. This time, though, Little Orphan Annie is back with a difference: Quvenzhane Wallis is playing an African-Amer...

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Film

Sony Cancels Theatrical Release Of 'The Interview'

Sony Cancels Theatrical Release Of ‘The Interview’

by Mandalit Del Barco Sony Pictures decided to cancel the release after several big theater chains opted to drop the movie from their line up. The Interview is a comedy centered on a plot to kill the leader of North Korea. Copyrig...

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Books

Book News: The Future of the Public Library May Lie in the Coffee Shop

Book News: The Future of the Public Library May Lie in the Coffee Shop

by Colin Dwyer The daily lowdown on books, publishing and the occasional author behaving badly. For a public library to expect to survive today, it must begin to take crucial cues from coffee shops. At least, that's the key recomm...

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Television

Boundary-Pushing Late Night Hosts Move On â Colbert Up, Ferguson Out

Boundary-Pushing Late Night Hosts Move On — Colbert Up, Ferguson Out

by Eric Deggans They both started their late-night shows in the same year, reinventing their respective corners of television by bending and sometimes breaking the rules. But as Stephen Colbert and Craig Ferguson both say goodbye ...

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Is Your State Ready For The Next Infectious Outbreak? Probably Not

by Nancy Shute Ebola may have slid off the nation's worry list, but that doesn't mean the United States is ready to handle an outbreak of Ebola or other infectious disease, an analysis says. That includes naturally occurring outbreak ...

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What Happens After You Get That Mammogram

by Nancy Shute Women and their doctors have a hard time figuring out the pluses and minuses of screening mammograms for breast cancer. It doesn't help that there's been fierce dissent over the benefits of screening mammography for women ...

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When You Burn Off That Fat, Where Does It Go?

by Nancy Shute Lose weight and those pounds shuffle off, unmourned. Good riddance. Please don't come back soon. But where does weight go when we lose it? We talk about burning off fat, and it does burn in a way, going through a ...

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Supreme Court Refuses To Block Arizona Driver’s Licenses For ‘Dreamers’

by Lauren Hodges Arizona hoped an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court would prevent the state from having to grant driving permits to young undocumented immigrants, also known as "dreamers," who entered the country as children. A federa ...

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Arctic Is Warming Twice As Fast As The Rest Of The Planet

by Christopher Joyce The latest word from scientists studying the Arctic is that the polar region is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. And researchers say the trend isn't letting up. That's the latest from the 2014 Arc ...

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Japan’s Beloved Christmas Cake Isn’t About Christmas At All

by Alison Bruzek Only about 1 percent of the Japanese population is Christian. But you might not realize that if you visited a major metropolitan area during Christmastime. Just as in America, you'll find heads topped with red Santa ...

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At Last, Muslims Can Savor A Halal Spin On Spain’s Famous Jamón

by Lauren Frayer Wander into any bar in Spain, order a drink, and the waiter will very likely hand you free tapas. Very often it's some type of pork — jamón (ham), chorizo (spicy sausage) or panceta (cured bacon). You could say this c ...

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Too Little, Too Late For Many New Yorkers Seeking Hospice

by Fred Mogul Sandra Lopez and her Chihuahua, Coco, were inseparable. He followed her everywhere, and kept Lopez's mood up when she was in pain — which was often. On Oct. 15, 2014, Lopez died at age 49 of melanoma that had slowl ...

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Yes, ‘Serial’ Is True Crime — And That’s OK

by Linda Holmes As The Conversation About Serial reaches a fever pitch in certain circles, those of us behind Code Switch and Monkey See have been talking quite a bit about the show. You can read Matt Thompson's initial entry in this con ...

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In California, Fire Plus Drought Plus Rain Add Up To Mud

by Amy Quinton An hour east of Sacramento, Calif., trucks carrying burned timber from the Eldorado National Forest roar down the canyon as chain saws buzz in the distance. But U.S. Forest Service ecologist Becky Estes says besides ...

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