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At 101, Roman Totenberg was teaching students up to the very end of his life.

Roman Totenberg: A Musical Life Remembered

NPR's Nina Totenberg recalls her late father's mastery of music, as well as his love of life.
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Adam Yauch (left) with the Beastie Boys in 1987. The gruff-voiced rapper known as MCA died Friday after a battle with cancer.

Adam Yauch, Co-Founder Of The Beastie Boys, Dies

The gruff-voiced rapper known as MCA battled cancer in recent years. He died in New York at the age of 47.
 

Adam Levine Has Our Number (And Won't Stop Calling)

In 'Payphone,' Maroon 5's bitter little hit, the nearly-extinct device is a bridge to the past.

Classical Music Is Supreme Today At The Nation's Highest Court

Piano legend Leon Fleisher plays for the Supreme Court today.

Stax Bassist Duck Dunn Remembered In Memphis

As one fourth of Booker T. and the MGs, Dunn helped lay the foundation of Memphis soul.

Gil Evans, Essential Jazz Arranger, At 100

Famous for his work with Miles Davis, Evans brought orchestral colors and textures to jazz.

Around The Jazz Internet: May 11, 2012

"Cookie cutter" students, young musicians in New York and the history of jazz in India.

Around The Classical Internet: May 11, 2012

Read about a classy train ride in Copenhagen, a ruckus in London and a broken Strad in Madrid.

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Jonathan Lethem On The Song That Puts The Fear Into 'Fear Of Music'

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'Mad Men"s Beatles Coup Misses The Mark

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'Wagner's Dream': Is It The Met's Nightmare?

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The Beastie Boys Gave Me My Start: Memories Of Adam Yauch

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To Revive A Jazz City, A Philadelphia Musician Stages A Festival

In a historic nerve center for jazz where the current club scene has all but collapsed, a 28-year-old trombone player created the Center City Jazz Festival. That makes last Saturday possibly the most important in Philly jazz in years. - READ MORE

How Adam Yauch Grew Into His Voice

Even when the group was at its silliest, Adam Yauch's low, hoarse voice made him seem like the most mature member of the Beastie Boys. Over a career that went in many unexpected directions, he'd earn the title. - READ MORE

In New Orleans, A Health Clinic For Working Musicians

In the weeks surrounding the city's annual Jazz Fest, the New Orleans Musicans' Clinic is flooded with artists who lack health care and can't afford to lose work over strep throat or a broken finger. - READ MORE

Around The Jazz Internet: May 4, 2012

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