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7:02 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Which Came First: The Mockingbird Or The Musician?

Library of Congress

In certain worlds of New Orleans music, there is a special sound — a signal — which lets players know it's time to pick up their instruments and strike up the band. But where did this signal come from? We listened to chirps, whistles and musicians, hunting for this signal's origins and to learn: what is the chicken, and what is the egg?

When New Orleans musicians want to say a certain thing, instead of words, they use a four note phrase.  

“It’s a bugle call or a band call to assemble,” explains Leroy Jones.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
9:39 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Susan Cowsill: The Sound Of Happy

Credit Dennis Gardner

Like most girls her age, Susan Cowsill watched The Partridge Family every week on television. But unlike most girls her age, she was related to the Partridges, albeit in a Hollywood kind of way.

The show was modeled after Cowsill and other members of her singing family.

In the 1960s and early '70s, The Cowsills were regulars on television, appearing with Ed Sullivan, Johnny Cash and on their own programs. They also had a string of top ten hits, including "The Rain, the Park and Other Things," and "Hair."

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
11:45 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

David Egan: Unabashedly Experienced

Credit Denny Culbert / John Sellards Design via MusicInsideOut.org

Songwriters talk about a song being “honest.” And according to David Egan, that’s all about telling the truth about our battles and our triumphs — our loves and losses.

“We write music for grownup people,” he says. “Grownup music for grown-ass people.”

They’re the people you might see at the gas station, or in the grocery store. Or in the mirror.

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Features
3:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

At A New Orleans High School, Marching Band Is A Lifeline For Kids

The Edna Karr High School marching band had fewer than 40 members four years ago. Today, more than 80 students march in the band.
Keith O'Brien NPR

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 2:31 pm

Editor's Note: This is a story about a high school band. It is a story that demands to be heard, even more so than read. Please click on the audio player, above, to listen. Audio will be available around 6:30 p.m. EDT.

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Jazz Fest 2014
9:00 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Jazz Fest Music Schedule For Sun., May 4

With seven days of music over two weekends, getting all the way through Jazz Fest requires not only raw stamina, but planning. In order to help you just a little bit this second weekend, here's the complete music schedule for Saturday, May 3, 2014.

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Jazz Fest 2014
9:00 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Jazz Fest Music Schedule For Sat., May 3

With seven days of music over two weekends, getting all the way through Jazz Fest requires not only raw stamina, but planning. In order to help you just a little bit this second weekend, here's the complete music schedule for Saturday, May 3, 2014.

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Jazz Fest 2014
9:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Jazz Fest Music Schedule For Friday, May 2

Jazz Fest Music Schedule For Friday, May 2

With seven days of music over two weekends, getting all the way through Jazz Fest requires not only raw stamina, but planning. In order to help you just a little bit this second weekend, here's the complete music schedule for Friday, May 2, 2014.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:00 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Terence Blanchard: A Voice For His Trumpet

Credit Bob Travis / Flickr

When the microphone switches on, some people freeze. They can’t think of a thing to say. But Terence Blanchard relaxes. 

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Jazz Fest 2014
9:55 am
Thu May 1, 2014

New Orleans Jazz Fest Supports Local Culture On And Off The Stage

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux performs with the Golden Eagles and a member of a Skull & Bones gang on Sunday, April 27 at Jazz Fest.
Credit Nina Feldman / WWNO

The second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival kicks off Thursday. As the festival has grown over the course of the past four decades, so has the tension between local and national acts.

Many longtime festers worry that the big name performers overshadow the locals that gave Jazz Fest its start. Others argue that big names attract crowds from around that world that would otherwise never experience the unique music and culture of New Orleans.

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Jazz Fest 2014
9:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Jazz Fest Music Schedule For Thursday, May 1

Jazz Fest Music Schedule For Thursday, May 1

With seven days of music over two weekends, getting all the way through Jazz Fest requires not only raw stamina, but planning. In order to help you just a little bit, here's the complete music schedule for Thursday, May 1, 2014.

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