Music News
6:47 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Taking The Tuba Above And Beyond The Low End

On a new record called Connections: Mind the Gap, tuba player Bob Stewart sums up his career with a showcase of the instrument's versatility.
Courtesy of the artist

On a hot, humid afternoon, Bob Stewart has called a rehearsal at his Harlem apartment. Six musicians are in a circle in the living room — on one side, trumpet and trombone; on the other, cello, viola and violin; and in the middle, the elephant in the room — Stewart's tuba.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
2:31 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Next Time on All This Jazz: "Pop" Goes the Solo! (or, Jazz Greats Doing Pop & Rock Hits)

Please come along for the next broadcast of All This Jazz, beginning at 10pm on Saturday the 30th -- right here on Public Radio 89.5 (KWGS-FM)...and online via live stream at

In the first half of the program, we'll hear from the SF Jazz Collective, Jimmy Cobb, Mathias Eick (shown here), and many more.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:08 am
Thu August 28, 2014

A Surge Of Scarlatti Sonatas

Each of Domenico Scarlatti's 555 keyboard sonatas has its own personality.

Three centuries ago a man named Domenico Scarlatti churned out an enormous number of keyboard sonatas — more than 550. Pianists, harpsichordists and even accordionists still can't get enough these inventive, bite-sized pieces.

A clutch of Scarlatti albums have appeared this year and more are on the way. Albums from pianists Orion Weiss and Igor Kamez are due in the coming weeks. Here we offer a sampling of five recent releases.

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Code Switch
7:02 am
Thu August 28, 2014

How The 'Kung Fu Fighting' Melody Came To Represent Asia

Carl Douglas strikes a pose as he promotes his 1974 song, "Kung Fu Fighting."
Michael Putland Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 2:50 pm

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12:16 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Latitudes: The International Music You Must Hear In August

Mauritanian singer and instrumentalist Noura Mint Seymali.
Ebru Yidiz for NPR

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All Songs Considered
11:10 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Viking's Choice: Nathan Bowles, 'Chuckatuck'

Nathan Bowles.
Constance Mensh Courtesy of the artist

Music is about connection. Sometimes that connection is a feeling, a theory or a technique, but mostly music connects time and provides a record of how we choose to interact with it.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:49 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Nickel Creek: Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concert with Nickel Creek on August 13, 2014.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Nickel Creek was made to sing and play around a single microphone, so a Tiny Desk Concert seemed inevitable. All it took was a reunion tour — celebrating 25 years of Nickel Creek — to make it happen.

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10:31 am
Tue August 26, 2014

The 2014 OK Mozart Festival on Performance Oklahoma

Bartlesville Community Center

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.  Enjoy a promo for the series here!

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Deceptive Cadence
7:37 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Enigmatic Endings: A Farewell To Summer Quiz

Music can be like a fleeting summer. You get to the end wondering, "How did we get here already?"

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 2:40 pm

Well, it's happened again. Vacations are over. Kids are returning to school. "And where," you're wondering, "did my summer go?"

You can get the same feeling in music sometimes. No matter how long a piece is, its end might sneak up on you. Try this mysterious little quiz filled with fantastical finales and enigmatic endings. Score high and take an extra week off from work. Score low and get back to the grind.

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Shovels & Rope: In Marriage And Music, A 'Psychic' Bond

Shovels & Rope.
Molly Hayes Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 10:47 am

For more conversations with music-makers, check out NPR's Music Interviews.

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