Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés performs at the Havana Jazz Festival in December 2016. Valdés is one of the artistic directors of this year's International Jazz Day festivities. Erika Goldring/Getty Images hide caption

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Radical Grooves And Hometown Heroes: Cuba's Lasting Jazz Legacy

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Listen to AltLatino Extra

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Sylvan Esso's second album, What Now, comes out April 28. Shervin Lainez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sylvan Esso On The Pressure To Make Magic — Again

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Alt.Latino Guest DJ: Getting Down With Quetzal

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Dee Dee Bridgewater: Fearless And Free

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'I'm Not Going To Be Broken': Mary J. Blige On 'Strength Of A Woman'

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Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald during a 1958 visit to London. John Downing/Getty Images hide caption

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The Ella Fitzgerald Centennial: Our 'First Lady Of Song'

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The producer Mike WiLL Made-It, whose beats can be heard on the first two singles from DAMN., the new album by Kendrick Lamar. Mary Kang/Courtesy of Universal Music Group hide caption

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"[Goth] was a convenient shorthand for the type of music that you liked if you had a kind of a morbid imagination and favored minor keys," says John Darnielle. Jeremy M. Lange/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Aamir Ame co-wrote the viral hit "Dead Eye," a tribute to Kashmiris whose eyesight was damaged by pellet guns used by security forces to quell demonstrations. He calls it his first "political" song. Syed Shahriyar hide caption

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A New Generation Of Kashmir Rappers Vents Its Rage In The Valley

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Overcoats' debut album, Young, is out now. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Listen: Overcoats Perform Music From 'Young,' Plus A Little Amy Winehouse

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Brad Paisley's new album is called Love And War. Jeff Lipsky/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Brad Paisley On 'Love And War,' Dialogue And Protest

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Trombone Shorty's new album, Parking Lot Symphony, comes out April 28. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Trombone Shorty Pushes Tradition Forward

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Mona Haydar (center), a Syrian- American artist from Flint, Mich., released her first rap song, "Hijab," along with an accompanying video. Mona Haydar/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Hijabi Artist Channels Beyoncé For Debut Of Her 'Resistance Music' And Video

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Carrie Brownstein performs at Riot Fest on Sept. 2, 2016, in Denver, Colo. Thomas Cooper/Getty Images hide caption

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For Carrie Brownstein, Music Fandom Started At The Record Store

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Ron Boustead's new album is called Unlikely Valentine. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jazz Vocalist Ron Boustead's Humor Shines On 'Unlikely Valentine'

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Ralph Towner's latest album is My Foolish Heart, named for the Bill Evans tune that changed the way he looked at composition and his instrument. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ralph Towner: An Old Hand With A 'Foolish Heart' (And An Unmatched Style)

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Anders Osborne at his home studio. The New Orleans bluesman is launching a program to help musicians and others in the industry stay sober in a work environment where that can be difficult. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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'Send Me A Friend': Anders Osborne Helps Musicians Stay Sober On Tour

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Stephanie Hart (left) and Megan Mullally make up the comedic musical duo Nancy and Beth. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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As Nancy And Beth, Megan Mullally And Stephanie Hunt Are Musical Misfits

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2017 NEA Jazz Masters Dave Holland, Dick Hyman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Dr. Lonnie Smith (not pictured: Ira Gitler) at the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Dinner, sponsored by BMI, on April 2, 2017. Yassine El Mansouri/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center hide caption

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The 2017 NEA Jazz Masters, In Their Own Words

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