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August 28, 2015 | NPR · Bassist Christian McBride, host of NPR's Jazz Night In America, explains the complicated dynamics between the bass and the drums in jazz — and James Brown.
 
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August 28, 2015 | NPR · Marian McPartland improvises a "Portrait" of the talented Japanese pianist in this 2004 session.
 
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August 26, 2015 | NPR · Salvant explores the quaint art of jazz singing, but with her own aesthetic idiosyncrasies intact. Her toolbox contains anywhere from a rich, husky voice to one that tiptoes theatrically, girlishly.
 

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August 29, 2015 | NPR · The 10th anniversary of the devastating storm was marked by prayers and church bells to remember the estimated 1,800 who lost their lives in the disaster.
 
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August 29, 2015 | NPR · The Today show medical editor gave a new interview about her controversial quarantine. It triggered powerful memories for an NPR journalist who was in Liberia around the same time.
 
August 28, 2015 | NPR · ESPN reporter Tom Friend discusses the legacy of Darryl Dawkins, who could have been one of the best players in NBA history. Injuries sapped his talent, but his eccentric personality and jaw-dropping dunks still left a lasting impact. Dawkins died Thursday at 58.
 
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August 27, 2015 | NPR · Dawkins played 13 seasons in the NBA after being drafted out of high school by the Philadelphia 76ers. At 6 feet, 11 inches and more than 250 pounds, he broke two glass backboards in one month.
 
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