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Darcy James Argue and his Secret Society Perform Ellington-Inspired 'Tensile Curves' Theme at Newport Jazz Festival

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society Perform Duke Ellington-Inspired 'Tensile Curves' at Newport Jazz Festival 2014 >>

It was in 1956, in Newport nonetheless, that Duke Ellington and his Orchestra gave a most landmark performance at the Jazz Festival. Per NPR, historians mark this as the pivotal moment of the Duke's 50 plus year career, with the centerpiece being "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" accompanied by saxophonist Paul Gonsalves.

VIDEO: Otters from the National Zoo Play Keyboard, Masters Program Offered to As Part of Animal Enrichment Program

WATCH: Asian Small-Clawed Otters from National Zoo Play Piano, Better Than an Orangutan Plays the Xylophone? >>

If you put a thousand otters in a room and give them a keyboard, one is bound to write Beethoven.

'Mad Men' is More Than Just Brilliant Television, Chopin and Beethoven Proves to be Important Musical Devices for the Show's Demographic

AMC's 'Mad Men' is More Than Just Brilliant Television, Chopin and Beethoven Are Important Musical Devices for the Show's Demographic >>

Mad Men has its merits with lavish costume designs, witty dialogue and writing and exceptional intertextuality with the time period its set it.

Kris Bowers Guides YouTubers Down the Pathways of Piano Playing from the 1800s to Now, per NPR

Kris Bowers Teaches YouTubers the History of Jazz Piano Playing from the 1800s to Now, NPR Makes Corrections >>

YouTube can always secure a firm grip on the latest trending media. Perhaps one of those videos that has become a household, well, vid, is the "Evolution of Dance" phenomenon. You remember it, maybe fragments of a orange-shirt, jean-wearing dance virtuoso, taking you through the steps of dance history, in the most interesting way he can.

Viral Vixens: German Quartet Salut Salon Dominate YouTube Channels with Deliciously Humorous Idiosyncratic Performance

Viral Vixens: German Quartet Salut Salon Dominate YouTube Channels with Deliciously Humorous, Idiosyncratic Performance >>

For a good time, call the new German quartet Salut Salon. The group of women, trending on the social mediascapes, infuse a refreshing new blend of music, acrobatics and, believe it or not, some slapstick humor.

Monk and Beethoven Be Damned, ‘The Seaboard’ Synth (feat. Jamie Cullum) Revolutionizes the Piano >>

It was said by one of the most famous and influential jazz pianists of the century, Thelonius Monk, that he wanted to find the "space" between the black and white keys on the piano.

Wish You Had Perfect Pitch? Researchers Find Epilepsy Drug May Help Adults Develop Rare Skill

Wish You Had Perfect Pitch? Researchers Find Epilepsy Drug May Help Adults Develop Rare Skill >>

According to a research report published last week, scientists have discovered that Valproate, a drug used to treat epilepsy, can help adults develop perfect pitch.

Houston Symphony Welcomes Andrés Orozco-Estrada Amid Surge in Donations, Subscriptions >>

The Houston Symphony has a lot to celebrate for their 100th anniversary. As they ready the arrival of music director designate Andrés Orozco-Estrada--he'll conduct four programs this season--the ensemble has announced some excellent news on the financial front, as well.

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That's What She Sang >>

“I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility).” -- Chelsea Manning

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