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Herbie Mann playing his flute
Keith Chaffee, April 16, 2018

On April 16, 1930, Herbie Mann was born. Mann was a jazz flutist whose blending of jazz with other styles was often looked down on by jazz purists, but made him one of the best-selling jazz musicians of his era.


Coachella Valley image with album covers
Tina Lerno, April 13, 2018

The very first Coachella Festival was held over the course of two days in October 1999. It was developed by Rick Van Santen and Paul Tolett of Goldenvoice, who wanted to start a music festival similar to British and European festivals such as Glastonbury and Roskilde.


Collage of selected recordings
Keith Chaffee, April 09, 2018

In 2000, Congress created the National Recording Preservation Board, an agency of the Library of Congress, to select titles each year for a National Recording Registry.


photo of marvin gaye
Keith Chaffee, April 02, 2018

Marvin Gaye was born on April 2, 1939, in Washington, DC. As a singer, songwriter, and producer, Gaye played a significant role in the early development of Motown.


Photo of composers with a musical notes background
Alan Westby, March 30, 2018

Women's History Month provides an opportunity to highlight some of the new scores in our collection by women composers. Many of these scores are the first works by these composers in our music collection.


photo of Sarah Vaughan
Keith Chaffee, March 26, 2018

On March 27, 1924, Sarah Vaughan was born. Vaughan was a pop and jazz singer with a wide range, a powerful voice, and impeccable technical control. She continued to perform and record until shortly before her death in 1990, with very little change or loss of quality in her voice.


collage of portraits from female composers
Keith Chaffee, March 19, 2018

March is Women's History Month, so this week, we honor some of the female composers who have contributed to classical music. As in many fields, it has often been difficult for women to develop their talents to the fullest.


Collage of building fire
Keith Chaffee, March 20, 2018

On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers were killed in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one of the deadliest industrial accidents in US history. The tragedy led to major reforms of labor law in New York City and New York State.


collage with 10 of the featured album covers
Eileen Ybarra, March 12, 2018

As a music lover and pop connoisseur, I was immediately intrigued when I ran across a fascinating article on National Public Radio (NPR) online, titled Turning the Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women. The first paragraph especially caught my eye:


photo and illustration of Liza Minnelli plus text that reads music Monday
Keith Chaffee, March 12, 2018

On March 12, 1946, Liza Minnelli was born. Minnelli is a singer and actress who has had great success in film, theater, and television.


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