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Dennis Coleman, artistic director of the Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Dennis Coleman, artistic director of the Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus, about the mass shooting in Orlando. Coleman is retiring this year and he talks about how the Orlando shooting is reflected in the music of his final shows at the podium on June 24 and 25.

Musician David Bazan
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Bill Radke speaks with DJ Marco Collins about Seattle songwriter David Bazan's new album Blanco. Collins says this album is just the latest in Bazan's cycle of reinventing himself as an artist.

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The iconoclast musician Prince died of a drug overdose, the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Ramsey, Minn., has found.

In a report released publicly on Thursday, the medical examiner said Prince Rogers Nelson self-administered a deadly dose of the synthetic opiate fentanyl by accident.

Seattle Music Partners students provides free instruction and instruments to students at low-income schools. The hope is to level the playing field at Washington Middle School and Garfield High, which have renowned music programs.
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On Thursday afternoons at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, music lessons are everywhere you look. 

Woodwinds twittering in the breezeways. Violas plucking out pizzicato notes in the kindergarten room. And trumpets blaring in this tutoring space, where fourth-grader William Si Luong wraps up a tune with his tutor Arnie Ness. 

Naomi Wachira performs her song 'African Girl' at the Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center on Sunday, May 29, 2016.
KUOW photo/Gil Aegerter

Naomi Wachira writes in one of her songs that she’s “trying to defy everything they said of us, we who have chocolate skin.”

Those words in “African Girl” speak to the clash of culture and identity that Wachira experienced after she moved to the U.S. at age 19.


Looking for a musically sensitive, responsive bandmate? Maybe you should try out Shimon.

So much about the band SHEL comes down to family. The group's name is an acronym for the four members — Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza Holbrook — who happen to be sisters. They grew up in Fort Collins, Colo. and were home-schooled by their mother, but it was their dad who really pushed his daughters to learn music and singing together.

Marco Collins, second from left, with Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana  when Nevermind was released. Far left, Susie Tennant Geffen, DGC rep for Seattle (and one of Kurt's longtime friends).
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At the height of his fame as a Seattle DJ, Marco Collins had one rule: be in bed by noon. That would give him enough time to rest after nights of drinking and drugs to be ready for his evening radio show.

Collins was a DJ for 107.7 The End, the city’s leading alternative music station in the 90s. A new documentary called, “The Glamour and the Squalor,” tells his story.

Woodie Guthrie, 1943
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Jeannie Yandel speaks with Greg Vandy about his new book, "26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie's Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promise Land in the Pacific Northwest." 

Fly Moon Royalty at the 2014 Treefort Music Festival.
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Bill Radke speaks with legendary Seattle DJ Marco Collins about indie soul band Fly Moon Royalty. The band will be playing with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra at Benaroya Hall on May 13. 

Bill Radke talks with music critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about the pivotal year of 1991 and how Nirvana's album "Nevermind" made Seattle the musical epicenter of the country. DeRogatis and Kot are co-hosts of Sound Opinions, which airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on KUOW.

Prince carefully guarded his public image in life, and now some Minnesota lawmakers are trying to ensure that his estate can continue doing so after his death.

A Minnesota House committee on Tuesday began debating a measure that would create a so-called Right of Publicity in the state, which would clarify the rights of artists to control the commercial use of their names, likenesses, images, voices and signatures, and to extend those protections even after they die.

Jazz bassist Buddy Catlett.
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Born May 13, 1933, jazz bassist Buddy Catlett was raised in Seattle where he came up through the Jackson Street scene.

Nicknamed Bumblebee, he played behind singers Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday, as well as with the bands of Horace Henderson, Count Basie and Louis Armstrong, among others.

Singer Hollis Wong-Wear.
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Bill Radke talks to Hollis Wong-Wear, lead singer of the R&B trio Flavr Blue, about why she believes music and art can be an agent of change. 

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