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4:17 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Self-Taught Folk Music Icon Doc Watson Dies At 89

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 4:06 pm



A treasure of American folk music has died. Doc Watson passed away yesterday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the age of 89. He was born in Deep Gap, North Carolina, in the Blue Ridge Mountains in a three room house that he shared with eight brothers and sisters. During a long and productive career, he revolutionized not just how people play guitar but how people around the world think about mountain music. NPR's Neda Ulaby has this remembrance.

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Piano Jazz
5:32 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Gerald Wiggins On Piano Jazz

Gerald Wiggins on the cover of Wiggin' Out.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 12:34 pm

Piano Jazz remembers jazz piano master Gerald Wiggins, who died in 2008, in a session recorded in 1992.

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Piano Jazz
5:24 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

George Shearing On Piano Jazz

George Shearing shares a laugh with his fiancé Ellie Geffert in 1976.
Central Press Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 12:17 pm

This week's Piano Jazz was originally broadcast in 1987, when pianist George Shearing made his second appearance on the program.

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Piano Jazz
5:20 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Barbara Carroll On Piano Jazz

Barbara Carroll.
Julie Skarratt

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 8:15 am

Pianist and singer Barbara Carroll is an old and dear friend of Piano Jazz host Marian McPartland. In fact, Carroll was the second ever guest to appear on Piano Jazz when the show began 30 years ago. Carroll recalls 1979 as a banner year for her, as well — it's the same year she started what became a 25 year run performing at Bemelman's Bar, at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan.

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All Songs Considered Blog
4:43 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Thanks For The Music, Mom And Dad

The Hilton family all dressed up, possibly for the John Denver show at Kemper Arena. Robin's the one in the light blue suit, with the lapels.
Robin Hilton

Originally published on Tue June 5, 2012 1:33 pm

How, for better or worse, has your parents' record collection shaped your own taste in music? This is a question that NPR's All Things Considered will be asking this summer, beginning tonight, with a look at how actress and singer Audra McDonald came to discover the song "Edelweiss" as a child.

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