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8:48 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Vince Guaraldi Didn't Just Play For 'Peanuts'

Vince Guaraldi had range, as well as an instrumental hit right when jazz was vanishing from AM radio.
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Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 11:57 am

There must have been times in 1963, when Vince Guaraldi was riding high on his surprise hit "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," when he thought, "This is what I'll be remembered for." Not that he minded. He said taking requests for the tune was like signing the back of a check. The song's got a great hook tied to a poppy, uplifting chord sequence.

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Monkey See
8:24 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Breakup Culture And Fall Television Predictions

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A Blog Supreme
3:44 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Five New Singers At The 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival

Meklit Hadero is based in the San Francisco Bay area, a two-hour drive north of Monterey.
Rus Anson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 3:55 pm

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The Record
3:37 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Why Some Musicians Last

The singer Aaliyah, performing in 1998. Since her death in 2001, many singers have applied her soft, sexy vocal style to R&B, pop and indie hits.
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Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 11:53 am

The mists of eternity wafted over my Twitter feed the other night. Okay, not quite — but talk of eternity, or at least of the pop scene in thirty years, did make for a lengthy and spirited group exchange. It started when a friend who's not fond of singing competitions asked whether Kelly Clarkson will be remembered in 2042.

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World Cafe
2:52 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Síntesis On World Cafe

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Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 7:25 am

All month, World Cafe invites listeners to discover the music of Havana, Cuba, with the series Sense of Place.

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