Sun September 14, 2014
My Big Break

Sergio Mendes On Jazz, Luck And 'The Magic Of The Encounter'

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 4:29 pm

The album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 gave Mendes his first hit song, "Mas Que Nada," and his big break.
A&M Records

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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Sun September 14, 2014
Author Interviews

Sprinting Toward Epiphany: Talking With A Songwriter Turned Novelist

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 5:57 pm

John Darnielle's new book is Wolf In White Van.
DL Anderson Courtesy of the artist

John Darnielle is best known as the man behind The Mountain Goats, a band defined for its 20-plus years by a certain literary quality. His songs are populated with high school burnouts, bitter, broken lovers, people living on the fringe who can't escape their own ghosts.

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Sat September 13, 2014
Music Interviews

Modern Misbehavin': Jason Moran Gets Into The Mind Of Fats Waller

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 8:28 pm

Jason Moran's new album is titled All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller.
Clay Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

Legend has it that pianist Fats Waller used to say, "If you don't know what it is, don't mess with it." That's a challenge that fellow pianist Jason Moran has been eager to take up lately.

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Sat September 13, 2014
marc on the blues

J. B. Hutto Sang Like He Played Guitar, With Attitude

The cover of the 1999 reissue of J.B. Hutto's final album 'Rock With Me Tonight.'
Bullseye Blues

J. B. Hutto's style was a throw back, but his commitment made it far more than just a rehashing of things past.

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Fri September 12, 2014
Microphone Check

Remembering Biggie Smalls And 'Ready To Die' 20 Years Later

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 4:32 pm

The Notorious B.I.G. performing at the Meadowlands in New Jersey in 1995.
David Corio Redferns

Saturday marks two decades since Bad Boy Records released Ready to Die, the album that introduced the charismatic, exceptionally talented, gone too soon rapper Biggie Smalls to the world, and made him a star.

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