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Carla Bley And Steve Swallow On Piano Jazz

13 hours ago

Bassist Steve Swallow and pianist Carla Bley are both acclaimed jazz composers and performers with international reputations. On this 1996 episode of Piano Jazz, they team up to talk with host Marian McPartland about their combined repertoire of innovative music.

Tune in for the next All This Jazz, beginning at 9pm on Saturday the 16th, right here on Public Radio 89.5 KWGS-FM...and online by way of our "Listen Live" stream at PublicRadioTulsa.org. Our program delivers three hours of modern jazz -- across a wide range of styles -- each and every Saturday night, from 9 o'clock till midnight. (We also offer a 7pm re-airing of ATJ on Sunday evenings, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is Public Radio Tulsa's all-jazz HD Radio channel.)

There's a muffled snare beat, like a throat-clearing cough at the start of a speech, and then a gentle cascade of guitar arpeggios before Kayla Cohen starts to sing. The bucolic vibe is the ideal complement to her warm, aqueous tones, as she begins to spin a tale as pastoral as the production on "Buddy."

Sarah Jarosz On Mountain Stage

Jul 12, 2016

Sarah Jarosz makes her second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington. From Austin, Texas, Jarosz is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose music mixes contemporary folk, Americana and roots music.

Listen for the next All This Jazz, starting at 9pm on Saturday the 9th, right here on Public Radio 89.5 KWGS-FM...and online via “live stream” at PublicRadioTulsa.org. Our program delivers three hours of modern jazz -- across a wide range of styles -- each and every Saturday night, from 9 o'clock till midnight.

Aaron Parks On Piano Jazz

Jul 8, 2016

A true prodigy, pianist Aaron Parks was still in his teens when he was Marian McPartland's guest for this 2001 session. That year, he placed first in the fifth American Jazz Piano Competition, landing the Cole Porter Fellowship. He went on to place third in the 2006 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and has built a prolific career as a performer and recording artist.

In Colombia, Preserving Songs That Tell Stories

Jul 7, 2016

Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez once said that One Hundred Years of Solitude was a 400-page Vallenato: a traditional music of Colombia's Caribbean coast. The songs are mini-epics, filled with local characters and poetry. It's a style that stretches back 200 years and is still thriving today.

Sometimes the best way to save yourself is to let go of the things that once seemed indispensable. That's what Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff had in mind when he wrote the stirring "Okkervil River R.I.P.," an elegy to his beloved band's past life.

From its mesmerizing ebb and flow and the purity of the choristers' blend alone, you'd be forgiven for thinking this might be one of Henryk Górecki's many sacred choral works. There's a palpable air of serenity and reflection. But instead, it's a song about a little pony and a blue-eyed girl.

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