American Idol judges: American Idol is paying pop rapper Nicki Minaj $12 million to judge. No word on what country star Keith Urban is making. The American Idol auditions begin today at the Lincoln Center in New York.
J.K. Rowling will be interviewed by Ann Patchett at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Oct. 16.
Orchestra leader Marcus Tsutakawa and jazz band conductor Clarence Acox inspire music students at Seattle's Garfield High School.