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The Record
3:35 am
Sat May 16, 2015

B.B. King And The Majesty Of The Blues

B.B. King performs at the Newport Jazz Festival at Yankee Stadium in 1972 (the festival temporarily relocated to New York in the 1970s).
David Redfern Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 8:42 am

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Music Interviews
1:04 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

B.B. King On Life, Plantation Living And His 'Droopy-Drawers' Sound

B.B King in 1996.
David Redfern Redferns

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 5:56 am

B.B. King, the legendary blues musician, died Thursday after spending much of the month in hospice care. He was 89.

Born Riley B. King in Indianola, Miss., in 1925, King began his life on a plantation, where he was born the son of a sharecropper. Speaking to Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1996, King remembered an early life without telephones, electricity or any outside opportunities. "A lot of the people, including myself in the early years, just thought this was it, you raise your families and you get old, you die, your families take over, kids, what have you," King said.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:03 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Gonzalo Rubalcaba On Piano Jazz

Gonzalo Rubalcaba is shown performing during the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival.
Eva Hambach AFP/Getty Images

The music of pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba is a potent mixture of Cuban and American jazz. His style sounds both melodic and rhythmic, filled with exciting and intriguing influences. He plays everything from jazz to classical, as well as music from his native Cuba.

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Songs We Love
1:48 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Songs We Love: Anat Cohen, 'Putty Boy Strut'

Israeli jazz reedist Anat Cohen.
Augusta Sagnelli Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 2:02 pm

It begins with meandering clarinet and clipped, four-on-the-floor percussion. A little bit later comes a countermelody, and the image that comes to mind is something from early New Orleans, or perhaps a Mediterranean folk song. It's even called "Putty Boy Strut" — that could be an obscure Jelly Roll Morton tune, right?

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Mountain Stage
2:35 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Buckwheat Zydeco On Mountain Stage

Buckwheat Zydeco.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Buckwheat Zydeco returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live at West Virginia's Culture Center Theater. The artist, born Stanley Dural Jr., has spent more than 30 years as the chief ambassador for one of Louisiana's most distinctive musical products.

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