World Cafe
11:32 am
Wed March 4, 2015

PHOX On World Cafe

Rocco Peditto WPXN

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 12:11 pm

PHOX's members grew up together — attending high school in Baraboo, Wisconsin — but it took some time out in the world before they decided to form a band in the nearby college town of Madison.

Together, they built PHOX's sound around the irresistible, smoky-shy voice of Monica Martin. PHOX released its charming self-titled debut last year, and today World Cafe catches up with the group on stage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

Music Documentaries
7:20 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Latitudes: Stream The Film 'The Last Song Before The War'

Members of the Tuareg band Tartit at Mali's Festival of the Desert in 2011.
Courtesy of Kiley Kraskouskas

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 8:18 am

One of the best recently released music documentaries — The Last Song Before The War — wasn't originally supposed to be about music.

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3:55 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Encore! The Miró Quartet from OK Mozart on Performance Oklahoma

Continuing its mission to offer a high quality music and cultural Festival for Oklahoma audiences, OK Mozart celebrated its 30th anniversary season this past June. Among its offerings, OK Mozart presented a chamber music series featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker, one of America's highest-profile ensembles, the dynamic Miró Quartet and woodwind players from the Amici New York orchestra.

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4:59 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

Bing Crosby in 1931 on Big Band Saturday Night


This weekend... Some real fun is in store for you this weekend on Big Band Saturday Night! The swing era music comes alive as we review some may have missed. Bing Crosby in 1931 is only one example. Join us at 8 o'clock on 89.5 for Big Band Saturday Night.

7:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Feet On The Coast, Mind On The Prairie: Tom Brosseau's Rootless Sound

Tom Brosseau's latest album is Perfect Abandon.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 9:40 am

Before he soaked up the American Songbook, Tom Brosseau grew up with music in church, school and home, surrounded by the hymnal and folk songs adored by his grandparents. Today he lives in the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles, but the North Dakota native says his heart remains far away, back at home.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
4:03 am
Sat February 28, 2015

On the Next ATJ, Music from Stan Getz, Joshua Redman, and Other Jazz Greats with February Birthdays

Tune in for the next All This Jazz, airing soon right here on Public Radio 89.5 (KWGS-FM). Our show begins at 10pm on Saturday the 28th, and it's also conveyed as a live stream at

For those unfamiliar: ATJ is heard every Saturday night on Public Radio 89.5, from 10pm till midnight. We always thereafter offer a 7pm re-airing of the program on the following Sunday evening, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.

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World Cafe
6:56 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Jenny Lewis On World Cafe

Jenny Lewis.
Rich McKie WXPN

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 7:39 am

We're fans of Jenny Lewis' latest album, The Voyager. Since she and her band already came in to play the new songs live, Lewis invited us to do something different — drive through the San Fernando Valley, where she grew up, to find the inspiration for the title of The Voyager. So it's kind of a mystery in the back seat of a rental car, where we will also hear an acoustic version of the album's title track.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:03 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Marilyn And Alan Bergman On Piano Jazz

Alan (left) and Marilyn Bergman.
David Livingston Getty Images

Renowned lyricists and songwriters Marilyn and Alan Bergman have been the recipients of Oscars, Grammy, Emmys and many additional awards. Their works include "The Windmills of Your Mind" and lyrics for Yentl.

On this 1995 episode of Piano Jazz, they collaborate with host Marian McPartland as she accompanies Alan singing their trademark songs "The Way We Were" and "Nice 'n' Easy."

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Song Travels
9:41 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Nellie McKay On Song Travels

Nellie McKay.
David Kogut Courtesy of the artist

Singer, composer and actor Nellie McKay brings a comedic flair to her stage shows, including Nellie with a Z, in which she plays a cabaret veteran three times her age. Her music also has been featured on the television series Weeds, Grey's Anatomy and Boardwalk Empire. Her latest album, My Weekly Reader, is out March 24.

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Music News
4:09 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

A Wrong Note Sets The Right Mood In 'House Of Cards'

House of Cards stars Kevin Spacey as the ruthless politician Frank Underwood.
David Giesbrecht Netflix

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 8:42 pm

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