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4:18 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

A Mother-Son Folk Duo Went 'From The Kitchen To David Letterman'

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear's debut album, Skeleton Crew, is out now.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 5:54 pm

Madisen Ward and his mother, Ruth Ward, haven't been playing together all that long.

"People usually assume that I was three years old, playing on the porch with my mom, with a ukulele or something," says Madisen.

In fact, the two teamed up only about six years ago.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:08 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Stephen Hough Puts His Experience Of A Miracle Into His Music

Pianist and composer Stephen Hough.
Andrew Crowley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 8:49 pm

You wouldn't normally expect one of the great composers of the last few centuries to be meek, but how's this for humility?

"Bach and Beethoven erected temples and churches on the heights. I only wanted to build dwellings for men in which they might feel happy, and at home."

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Music
10:32 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Swing Era's Biggest Hits on Big Band Saturday Night

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Swing Era's Biggest Hits! We're lining them up, to bring you some of the best-selling and most popular recordings of the swing years and beyond. Join us on Big Band Saturday Night at 8 o'clock on 89.5. We are going to have fun!

Music
1:03 am
Sat May 23, 2015

Jamie Cullum Wants You To Hear These Jazz Tunes

Jamie Cullum, a popular jazz musician, shares his top tracks of the moment.
McVirn Etienne Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 8:48 pm

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
2:53 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Joe Temperley: 'No Greater Sound On Earth'

Joe Temperley performs with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in 2013.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

Baritone saxophonist and clarinetist Joe Temperley has led an illustrious career spanning several decades, performing in some of the best big bands that ever were. Temperley, now 85, has performed with the orchestras of Humphrey Lyttelton, Woody Herman, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, and of course, Duke Ellington. For the past 25 years, Temperley has also been the heart and soul of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
1:56 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Lionel Hampton On Piano Jazz

Lionel Hampton.
Reg Davis Getty Images

Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton (1908–2002) was one of the most influential figures in the history of jazz. He made the vibes a vital voice in the arsenal of jazz instruments, and gained international fame while playing in Benny Goodman's small groups and leading his own orchestra.

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World Cafe
12:08 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

West Philadelphia Orchestra On World Cafe

West Philadelphia Orchestra with interloping World Cafe host David Dye (ensousaphoned, right).
Rich McKie WXPN

We've got something quite different as our Sense of Place: Philly series continues. Philadelphia has a brass band called The West Philadelphia Orchestra. They specialize in Balkan music, and as they were rehearsing a number of years ago, a singer was passing by who knew the music they were playing from growing up — and she joined the band. Petia Zamfirova will be the first to say this eclectic group is not just about backing her singing. We'll find out how this band grew here, hear about their selection in the All Songs Considered Tiny Desk Concert contest and more.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Fri May 22, 2015

All Songs +1: 'Epic' Jazz From Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington's appropriately-named new album, The Epic, is out now.
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Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 9:37 am

Even if you don't know anything about jazz, it's quite possible you've heard the music of saxophonist Kamasi Washington: That's him on the latest albums by Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus. But that's only the very tip of his iceberg.

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Tiny Desk
7:03 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Jason Vieaux And Yolanda Kondonassis: Tiny Desk Concert

Meredith Rizzo NPR

We rarely invite Tiny Desk alumni back to the confines of Bob Boilen's work space, but we couldn't resist this time. Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis and Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux have both given solo Tiny Desk performances. Since then they've paired up for concerts and a new album of works composed especially for their combination of instruments.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Drum Fill Friday, With Sō Percussion

The members of Sō Percussion will bang on almost anything.
Janette Beckman

May is international drum month! To celebrate, we bring you a discussion in percussion with a group of guys who will bang on almost anything (including a cactus). The members of Sō Percussion are the guest quizmasters for this week's Drum Fill Friday.

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