Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?

How much of what we think of as the beautiful sound of a Stradivarius is the instrument itself — and how much is the brand? The Stradivarius violin gets its name from master craftsman Antonio Stradivari. When he died in 1737, his secrets died with him…

Valentina Lisitsa: Chasing Pianos And YouTube Fans

The Ukrainian-born pianist revived her stalled career by uploading videos of herself to YouTube. After millions clicked, she landed a record deal. Her new album features film music by Michael Nyman.

Paquito D’Rivera On Piano Jazz

D’Rivera and bassist David Fink joined host Marian McPartland in 1995 for “Birk’s Works,” in honor of composer Dizzy Gillespie. They also perform “A Night in Englewood.”

The Art Of Cool: 5 Bands At The Borders Of Jazz

This weekend’s Art of Cool Festival in Durham, N.C., aims to expand the audience for improvised music. So it’s booked performers from modern R&B, hip-hop and beyond with deep jazz influences.

A Trove Of Celluloid, Primed For The Public

From Queen Victoria’s funeral to a tour of Maria Callas’ Paris apartment, a British newsreel archive has just uploaded 85,000 historic films to YouTube. Watch a few of our favorite music clips.