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Author Interviews
4:54 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

'The Black Horn': Blowing Past Classical Music's Color Barriers

Robert Lee Watt was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for more than three decades.
Courtesy of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 9:44 am

Robert Lee Watt fell in love with the French horn at an early age. He met a lot of resistance from people who thought his background and his race made a career with the instrument unlikely — but he went on to become the first African-American French hornist hired by a major symphony in the United States.

He became the assistant first French horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1970, and stayed with the orchestra for 37 years. His memoir, The Black Horn, tells how he got there.

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Music Interviews
5:09 pm
Sat November 8, 2014

Bette Midler Takes On Girl Groups, From The Andrews Sisters To TLC

Bette Midler's new album, a tribute to girl groups, is titled It's The Girls.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 10:25 am

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Making Movies: Tiny Desk Concert

Susan Hale Thomas NPR

When Los Lobos' Steve Berlin sent me an audio file of a band he was producing, I stopped what I was doing and listened closely. There was something about the energy coming from Enrique Chi's vocals as the rest of Making Movies enveloped him in sound.

The band has been making fans across the country one gig at a time, one song at a time — whether singing in English or Spanish, whether playing guitars or stringed instruments that come directly from Making Movies' ancestral Panama, whether playing drums or dancing a Mexican zapateado.

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Music Interviews
7:37 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Teacher And Prodigy Play The Blues

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 12:33 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
5:52 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Power And Struggle In A Soviet Symphony

Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich's once brilliant career took a dive after the official party paper criticized one of his operas in 1936. Shostakovich responded with his powerful Fifth Symphony.
Central Press Getty Images

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 12:33 pm

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Music Interviews
4:32 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

To Catch Up With Bob Dylan, T Bone Burnett Assembles A Dream Team

To create Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, T Bone Burnett (third from left) assembled the talents of Elvis Costello, Jim James, Jay Bellerose, Rhiannon Giddens, Marcus Mumford and Taylor Goldsmith.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 6:21 pm

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Author Interviews
12:22 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

George Clinton's Musical Life, From The Barbershop To Hip-Hop

In addition to his work with bands Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton has produced music as a solo artist since the 1980s.
William Thoren Simon & Schuster

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 4:27 pm

The emperor of intergalactic funk is out with a new memoir, and he has stories to tell.

George Clinton's life in music spans six decades, from doo-wop to hip-hop. Along the way, Clinton turned two bands — Parliament and Funkadelic — into a caravan of funkified soul, rock, science fiction and showbiz at its most outrageous, complete with a spaceship that lands onstage.

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The Record
8:03 am
Thu November 6, 2014

A Rational Conversation: The 20-Year-Old Album That's MF DOOM's Missing Link

Rapper DOOM, Zev Lov X of KMD, performs at the I'll Be Your Mirror festival in London, July 2011.
Jim Dyson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 6:15 pm

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Microphone Check
4:19 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Dante Ross: 'We Wanted Our Own Universe'

Dante Ross at an Anthony Hamilton performance in New York City in 2006.
Ray Tamarra Getty Images

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Alt.Latino
4:08 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

In Music, Carlos Santana Seeks The Divine

Carlos Santana uses music to reflect on his career in this week's episode of Alt.Latino.
Frank Micelotta Getty Images

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