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3:31 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Who Sang It First? Mockingbirds And Musicians Cover Each Other In New Orleans

A short phrase New Orleans musicians use to communicate is identical to a common mockingbird call.
Sven Halling Getty Images

In certain New Orleans music scenes, there is a special sound — a signal — which lets players know it's time to pick up their instruments and strike up the band.

"It's a bugle call, or a band call, to assemble," trumpeter Leroy Jones says.

"It's like: C'mon, rally," musician Matt Bell adds. "Come to the bandstand and be ready to do it. Let's go."

The four-note phrase, however, doesn't belong to musicians alone. Another common New Orleans species, the mockingbird, also produces the call.

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
3:13 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Happy Birthday, Blue Note

The Wayne Shorter Quartet performs at Blue Note at 75, The Concert.
NPR

Blue Note Records turns 75 this year, and to celebrate, Washington, D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosted a concert featuring some of the record label's living legends and rising stars. From the early years with co-founder Alfred Lion to the revitalization under Bruce Lundvall, Blue Note Records has become and remained one of the most iconic brands in jazz.

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World Cafe
11:59 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Hiss Golden Messenger On World Cafe

Hiss Golden Messenger.
Rich McKie XPN

World Cafe's guest today is Hiss Golden Messenger, the North Carolina folk-rock duo of M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch. The pair, originally from California, relocated to the East Coast when Taylor decided to study folklore at the University of North Carolina.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:58 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Great Danes: Three Symphonic Albums By Danish Composers

A 1931 portrait of Danish composer Carl Nielsen by Sigurd Swane. Nielsen's symphonies are still undervalued.
Alfredo Dagli Orti The Art Arc

Denmark may be small — smaller than West Virginia — but its musical impact is disproportionately big. Since the late 19th century, some of the best symphonists have hailed from the Scandinavian country, and though they may not be household names in the U.S., their works have influence far beyond their homeland.

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Mountain Stage
12:54 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Dave Bing And Ben Townsend On Mountain Stage

Dave Bing and Ben Townsend.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Dave Bing and Ben Townsend appear on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Augusta Heritage Center on the campus of Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. A member of the Bing Brothers Band and the old-time revivalist string band Gandydancer, Dave Bing (a native of Roane County, W.Va.) is a widely respected veteran teacher and musician. A master of traditional Appalachian fiddle and banjo music, Bing can move seamlessly from bluegrass to square-dance standards to old-time tunes.

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World Cafe
12:43 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The Barr Brothers On World Cafe

The Barr Brothers.
John Londono Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 3:36 pm

Montreal band The Barr Brothers formed in 2005 when singer and guitarist Brad Barr met concert harpist Sarah Page after hearing her practice through the wall of his apartment. He and his brother, Andrew Barr, had played together in Boston as The Slip. But The Barr Brothers, as an official group, only took form after Page joined.

Here, the band plays songs from its new album, Sleeping Operator.

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All Songs TV
2:03 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Doug Paisley feat. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, 'Until I Find You'

A portrait from the video to Doug Paisley's song "Until I Find You."
Courtesy of the artist

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Mountain Stage
10:36 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Sierra Hull On Mountain Stage

Sierra Hull.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Sierra Hull makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. A gifted singer and mandolin player, Sierra Hull already sports an impressive resume at 23: She made her first appearance alongside Alison Krauss at 12 and released her first album at 16.

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Music
10:23 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Brightmusic's Poetic Portraits on Performance Oklahoma

Joining the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma as a special guest artist, in the opening concerts of the Society’s 12th season, baritone Randall Scarlata and Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble musicians offered the Overture on Hebrew Themes Op 34 for clarinet, piano and string quartet by Sergei Prokofiev, a selection of six lieder for baritone and piano by Franz Schubert, Thea Musgrave's Four Portraits for baritone, clarinet and piano, Dover Beach Op 3 for baritone and String Quartet by Samue

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The Two-Way
7:41 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Opera About 1985 Achille Lauro Hijacking Draws Protests At Met

Protesters rail outside the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center on opening night of the opera "The Death of Klinghoffer" on Monday in New York.
Bryan Thomas Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 10:29 am

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was among those who showed up at the Metropolitan Opera last night to denounce the production of The Death of Klinghoffer, which protesters say glorifies terrorism.

Chanting "Shame on the Met!" protesters, numbering about 400, said the performance of the 23-year-old opera was an affront to the memory of Leon Klinghoffer, a passenger on the Italian cruise liner Achille Lauro that was hijacked by members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization in 1985. Klinghoffer, 69, was shot in his wheelchair and dumped overboard.

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