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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Matt Ulery's Loom: Tiny Desk Concert

Matt Ulery performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in August 2013.
Chloe Coleman Chloe Coleman/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:05 pm

The next time you go to see live jazz in a club, and the band is playing original compositions, look closely in front of the musicians. Sometimes there'll be stands holding sheet music. There's nothing wrong with this per se, especially if the music is a bit complicated. But sometimes there'll be no need for stands, as the musicians have memorized the material. It's impressive, but it also signals a certain commitment, one borne of having rehearsed and performed together often. You frequently see this in tight bands that know what they're doing.

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Author Interviews
5:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

The Birth Of Bird: Young Charlie Parker Found Focus, Faith In Music

Charlie Parker started playing as a boy, when his mother gave him a saxophone to cheer him up after his father left. He went on to spearhead a musical revolution.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 6:40 am

Charlie "Bird" Parker was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. In his brief life, Parker created a new sound on the alto saxophone and spearheaded a revolution in harmony and improvisation that pushed popular music from the swing era to bebop and modern jazz.

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Ecstatic Voices
5:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Wynton Marsalis Goes Back To Church For 'Abyssinian Mass'

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis performs his Abyssinian Mass in 2008.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 9:01 am

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The Record
4:05 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

A Remake Of D'Angelo's 'Untitled' Video Asks Still-Unanswered Questions

D'Angelo in his video for "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," right, and Brendon Urie, in Panic! at the Disco's video for "Girls/Girls/Boys."
Courtesy of EMI and Atlantic Records

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 1:13 pm

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Music Reviews
3:43 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

The Poets Of Rhythm: A Troop Of German James Browns

The Poets of Rhythm were a group of young retro-soul musicians from Germany. An anthology of their work was recently released.
Julian Rosefeldt Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 9:33 pm

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