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'The Jazz Ambassadors': When Dizzy and Satchmo Diplomacy Swung the Cold War

Filmmaker Hugo Berkeley, historian Penny M. Von Eschen, and musician Darius Brubeck talk with Will Layman about the State Department's decision to send Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and others around the world to help win the Cold War.

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TCM Classic Film Festival 2014

Unlike Sundance Channel or IFC, Turner Classic Movies' original manifesto remains as solid as Gibraltar.

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Counterbalance No. 104: Michael Jackson's 'Off the Wall'

Keep on with the force, don’t stop. Don’t stop until you get enough of the 104th most acclaimed album of all time. Michael Jackson returns to the Great List with his 1979 breakthrough.

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Michael Jackson: Bad 25 [Deluxe Edition]

Definitively answering the age-old question of "Who's bad?"

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We Don't Die, We Multiply: R&B Posse Tracks

Take Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love For You", a steamy tale of a mistress longing for romantic bliss with a married man, and imagine how it might play out with a multi-perspective delivery.

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Verse-Chorus-Verse: "Strawberry Letter 23" -The Brothers Johnson

Artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.

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Peter Pan Makes a Comeback

Though I could not put a name to this queerness then, I knew that my ability to be free-to-be me was somehow connected to Michael Jackson’s ability to be free-to-be as bizarre as he wanted to be and still have people respect his life’s work.

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Quincy Jones: 50 Years in Music: Live at Montreux 1996 [DVD]

If you are a listener with faith, the type of music lover who would drop everything if Quincy Jones invited you to go to Switzerland and jam, this collectible DVD is for you.

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George Benson: The Essential George Benson

Looking back at the once and future king of jazz guitar, Bad Benson.

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