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Chuck Brown

Photo by Ameen Howrani

NEA National Heritage Fellow

Musician Chuck Brown talks about his career, from honing his chops in prison in Lorton, Virginia, to developing his own musical genre in DC: go-go music. [28:49]

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Mike Rafferty

Photo courtesy of Mr. Rafferty

NEA National Heritage Fellow

Mike Rafferty talks about growing up in East Galway, Ireland, and learning flute playing from his father, as well as coming to America and eventually returning to Irish music in his 50s as both a performer and teacher. [26:37]

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Del McCoury

Photo courtesy of McCoury Music

NEA National Heritage Fellow

Bluegrass legend Del McCoury discusses his 50-year career, from joining Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in the 1960s to multiple appearances at the Bonnaroo music and arts festival in the 2000s. [26:32]

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Everett McCorvey

Photo courtesy of Mr. McCorvey

Founder/Musical Director, American Spiritual Ensemble

Operatic tenor Everett McCorvey talks about how he was drawn into the music, how he helped build the opera program at University of Kentucky, and the difference between spirituals and gospel, among other topics.  [26:17]

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Duke Ellington

Photo William P. Gottlieb

Jazz Musician, Composer, Bandleader

A look at the Washington, DC roots of Duke Ellington and their impact on his development as a musician and composer.  [8:40]

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David Baker

Photo by Tom Pich

NEA Jazz Master

David Baker discusses his immersion into jazz, from playing to composing to teaching. [26:46]

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The Birmingham Sunlights

Photo by Steve Grauberger

NEA National Heritage Fellows

The Birmingham Sunlights discuss the creation of their group and their unique "Birmingham sound" [28:50]

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Alan Gilbert

Photo courtesy of New York Philharmonic

Musical Director, New York Philharmonic

Recipient of the 1997 NEA/Seaver Conductors Award, Alan Gilbert discusses his first year as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. [28:49]

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David Stull

Photo by Richard Frasier

National Medal of Arts recipient

Dean Stull talks about the latest developments at one of the nation's outstanding music conservatories. [28:07]

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Hank Jones

Photo by Tom Pich

Pianist (National Medal ofArts, NEA Jazz Master)

Hank Jones talks about his long career in jazz, including playing with such jazz greats as Charlie Parker and fellow NEA Jazz Master Ella Fitzgerald. [24:52]

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