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  Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 04:15 PM- 06:00 PM

    Ben Ratliff has been a jazz and pop critic for The New York Times since 1996. He has written three books: "The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music" (2008); "Coltrane: The Story of a Sound" (2007) a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and "Jazz: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings" (2002).