NPR Music

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  • Location: Washington, District of Columbia

NPR Music is dedicated to presenting the best of public radio music on the web, via podcast, and - through PRX - special broadcasts. PRX is now the home for the popular 29 minute weekly show "All Songs Considered," hosted by Bob Boilen. Also on PRX, NPR Music presents occasional music series, remembrances and special events, such as a recent concert by Bjork in New York City, produced in collaboration with WNYC, and Discoveries at Disney, a special eclectic series of 10 concerts recorded at the new Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and hosted by Renee Montaigne. These are just a few of the music programs that will begin appearing on PRX as we continue to celebrate live music and act as a guide to the current music scene.

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All Songs Considered is NPR's guide to discovering new music below the top 40 radar.

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Alt.Latino hosts Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd introduce listeners to the latest Latin alternative music, including diverse genres such as cumbia, Mexican garage rock, Panamanian rap, heavy metal mariachi and many more boundary-blurring sounds from around the world. In addition to music, Alt.Latino features interviews and insightful conversation about politics, literature, and Latino cultural identity.

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Musicans perform and chat with Studio 4A's Fred Child.

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A weekly musical quiz game.

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Short drop-ins where musicians talk about their craft.

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An eclectic mix of concert specials recorded live at Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and hosted by Renee Montagne.

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This series profiles the legends and legacy of jazz. Hosted by Nancy Wilson, each episode brings to life the vibrant history of the genre through music, interviews, and commentary.

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NPR Music, WFUV, Folk Alley and mvyradio present live performances from George Wein's annual showcase of the best in folk music. [Available for free to NPR member stations. If you're not an NPR member station, contact programservices@npr.org]

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Music-only, unhosted sets from the 2011 Newport Folk Festival, produced by NPR Music, New York's WFUV and WKSU's FolkAlley.com. These files are for broadcast purposes only.

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NPR Music, WBGO and WGBH present live performances from George Wein's annual showcase of the best in jazz. [Available for free to NPR member stations. If you're not an NPR member station, contact programservices@npr.org]


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Louis Armstrong left not one but two great legacies in American music. His trumpet defined the role of the jazz soloist and revolutionized jazz its...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Louis Armstrong, in a 1944 publicity photograph., Credit: Getty Images
Before Louis Armstrong ever sang a duet with Ella Fitzgerald or Bing Crosby, there was just a lanky young man with a bright, beautiful horn. That y...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
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By his early thirties, Louis Armstrong had already revolutionized jazz forever. Working with his mentor "King" Oliver in Chicago, Armstrong explore...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
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It is hard to overstate the incredible reach of Louis Armstrong. The music he made touched everyone who heard it, and revolutionized American enter...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
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Etta Jones sang professionally for over 50 years, yet she steadfastly remained a "best-kept secret" throughout her career. With the clarity of Carm...

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  • Added: Oct 13, 2011
  • Length: 54:01
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Pianist Bud Powell was admired by his contemporaries as an adventurous original with a style marked by unrivaled virtuosity. Today, he is remembere...

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  • Added: Oct 13, 2011
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He's been called a musician's musician, one whose original approach made him the envy of virtually every pianist in jazz. Well-known for his flambo...

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  • Added: Oct 12, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
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Bandleader, arranger and pianist Fletcher Henderson is one of the most influential — and yet least-known — jazz masters. During his orchestra's pea...

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  • Added: Oct 12, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
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In his short but prolific recording career Wes Montgomery reinvented the jazz guitar, while his name -- and his sound -- became synonymous with the...

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  • Added: Oct 12, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
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Blessed with impeccable timing and a smooth, mellow timbre, Mel Tormé was known during his heyday as "The Velvet Fog."

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 44