Music

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:19 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Gary Burton On Piano Jazz

Gary Burton.
Courtesy of the artist

On this episode of Piano Jazz, innovative vibraphonist Gary Burton stops by the program to perform a set of tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart and more.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
4:24 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians We Lost in 2014 (on the Next Broadcast of All This Jazz)

Horace Silver, Charlie Haden, Kenny Wheeler, Joe Sample, Jimmy Scott, Gerald Wilson -- the jazz world lost several brilliant if not legendary practitioners last year. (And let's not forget, while we're at it, singer Jackie Cain, pianist Kenny Drew, Jr., or drummer Idris Muhammad [shown here].)

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Music
3:09 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

1935 - The Swing Era on Big Band Saturday Night

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It was the first year of the "swing era'...1935! Jazz was evolving and the Great American Songbook was becoming more defined.

Join me at 8 o'clock on 89.5 with Big Band Saturday Night.

Alan Lambert, bringing you Big Band Saturday Night on Tulsa radio since 1995!

Songs We Love
12:03 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Caitlin Canty, 'Get Up'

Caitlin Canty, a singer-songwriter from Vermont, released Reckless Skyline on Jan. 20.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 1:35 pm

Caitlin Canty's Reckless Skyline — the second full-length album from the Vermont singer-songwriter, who's about to relocate to Nashville — was recorded live in four days in a western Massachusetts studio. With fellow songwriter Jeffrey Foucault at the helm as producer, Canty works with an all-star band that includes Billy Conway (Morphine) and Eric Heywood (Ray LaMontagne, The Pretenders).

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Alt.Latino
11:33 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Latin Symphony: How Classical Music Saved Dinorah Marquez's Life

Young members of the Latino Arts: Strings program.
Courtesy of the artist

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Songs We Love
10:08 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Alasdair Roberts, 'In Dispraise Of Hunger'

Scottish folksinger Alasdair Roberts will release a new self-titled album on Jan. 27.
Drew Farrell Courtesy of the artist

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I can't think of a master musician more out of sync with contemporary culture than Alasdair Roberts. The Scottish singer and guitarist tills Albion's millennium of traditional songcraft to express ancient emotions — usually with just the aid of an acoustic guitar, but occasionally with ornate instrumentation like oboes or clarinets. When he's not giving voice to aural heirlooms, he's writing songs in a similar tradition; music that could be described as British folk, but that conjures an even earlier time than Anne Briggs or Fairport Convention ever did.

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
1:48 am
Thu January 22, 2015

When Henry Met Steven

Henry Butler (left) and Steven Bernstein.
Stephanie Berger Courtesy of the artist

In 1984, when a young Steven Bernstein first encountered the blind virtuoso New Orleans pianist and singer Henry Butler, he was astonished. "This is it," he recalls thinking. "This is like the music that I always imagined. Everything you ever loved about music, all being in one place. But now it's all coming from one person." Nearly two decades later, Butler and Bernstein finally had the chance to collaborate when they were booked for a run together at New York's Jazz Standard.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
1:47 am
Thu January 22, 2015

A David Murray Double Bill

David Murray performs at Winter Jazzfest 2015.
John Rogers for NPR

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 12:29 am

For decades, David Murray was known as one of New York's most monstrously talented and astoundingly prolific artists — a tenor saxophonist who played and wrote for just about every imaginable context. He's still these things, but he lives in Europe now. So this year's Winter Jazzfest — already jam-packed with over 100 acts in two nights — saw fit to give New York audiences a proper saturation of what they'd been missing, presenting David Murray in three completely different sets.

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Mountain Stage
2:18 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

The Devil Makes Three On Mountain Stage

The Devil Makes Three.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The Devil Makes Three makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. The group's studio recordings, live albums and endless touring — to say nothing of its captivating live performances — have helped it score arena shows with Alison Krauss and Willie Nelson, as well as spots in festivals like Bonnaroo, Telluride and Hardly Strictly.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Wed January 21, 2015

John Luther Adams' Ode To Sundogs

John Luther Adams' new album, The Wind in High Places, evokes austere landscapes and mysterious light.
Kris Serafin

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:47 am

The day composer John Luther Adams won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for his symphonic seascape Become Ocean, I tracked him down in Houghton, Mich., in the northernmost reaches of the Upper Peninsula. Over a crackly phone line, Adams — who turns 62 Friday — said he never thought much about a career with a capital C.

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