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Andre Williams, 82, Dies; Sang of Bacon Fat and Tail Feathers

Andre Williams, who carved out a place in the 1950s rhythm-and-blues scene with earthy songs distinctively delivered, then fell on hard times as a result of addiction before enjoying a late-career resurgence, died on Sunday in Chicago. He...

Nina Simone and Ritchie Valens Songs Added to National Recording Registry

Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam,” Ritchie Valens’s “La Bamba” and the original 1968 Broadway cast album of “Hair” are among the 25 recordings that were placed on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry on Wednesday as part of...

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Continues to Break New Ground

Back in the 2000s, before social media’s impact had played out, when it wasn’t yet obligatory for artists to turn their work into a political statement, the trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah was already using music to envision...

In Music and in Life, Tamaryn Dreams in the Dark

LOS ANGELES — On a rainy March evening, the singer-songwriter Tamaryn waited for a gnostic priest to begin his lecture on the transformative power of tarot at a small lodge in the Hollywood Hills.“This is the gothest night,”...

James Dapogny, Who Resurrected Jazz of the Past, Dies at 78

“I called people who knew the whole story,” he told the University of Michigan’s news service in 2002, “and I heard the same message over and over: ‘Forget about it. Everyone’s looked for it. It’s gone.’ ”Then, in...

J.H. Kwabena Nketia, 97, Pre-eminent Scholar of African Music, Dies

Robert Farris Thompson, a professor emeritus of art history at Yale University, wrote in an email that Dr. Nketia was “one of the finest scholars in all of post-colonial Africa,” adding, “He showed that the African history of...

The Father-Daughter Bond at the Heart of Opera’s Greatest Epic

We tend to think about Wagner’s “Ring” as an epic saga of bitter rivalries, fearless heroes and flying horses. But at the core of “Die Walküre,” the second of the four “Ring” operas, is something far more intimate:...

Have ‘Flute,’ Will Travel: Mostly Mozart Announces Its Season

An innovative, well-traveled production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” that takes its inspiration from silent film will finally come to New York. A new Mark Morris dance, “Sport,” set to Satie’s “Sports et divertissements,” will be given its...

Dick Dale, King of the Surf Guitar, Is Dead at 81

Dick Dale, who was known as the King of the Surf Guitar and recorded the hit song “Misirlou,” which was revived on the “Pulp Fiction” soundtrack, died on Saturday at a hospital in Southern California. He was 81.His...

A Surprise Samson: The Week in Classical Music

It was clear from the start that the Samson, Aleksandrs Antonenko, was struggling; after intermission, the Met announced that he was ill with a cold, and would be replaced by Gregory Kunde.It’s not easy to jump into the...

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LeBron James Was Supposed to Make the Lakers Great. But When?

ATLANTA — Kyle Kuzma had his first interaction with LeBron James a little more than a year ago, when Kuzma was a first-year...

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