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Ornette Coleman, the American saxophonist and composer who liberated jazz from conventional harmony, tonality, structure and expectation, died early on Thursday of cardiac arrest in Manhattan. He was 85.

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When you're listening to KERA, there's a separate station running on a subfrequency of 90.1. Only special radios for people who have trouble seeing or reading can pick up the signal. One of the shows heard on the station until this month was hosted and produced by 'Morning Edition' host Sam Baker. 

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A lot of non-profits preach music education for kids, but a local jazz legend is keeping his simple.

Every year, Freddie Jones hands out about a dozen trumpets to young people with a little talent and a lot of drive. But once the instrument changes hands, the work’s just starting.

Moonstruck With Poetic Passions

Jun 18, 2013

The Summer Solstice on June 21 celebrates the year’s longest day.  But commentator Rawlins Gilliland says he longs for life after dark.

Some rappers have an impressive ability to make up lyrics on the fly, in a style known as freestyle rap.

These performers have a lot in common with jazz musicians, it turns out.

Scientists have found artists in both genres are using their brains in similar ways when they improvise.