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3:16 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Amici New York From OK Mozart On Performance Oklahoma

Continuing its mission to offer a high quality music and cultural Festival for Oklahoma audiences, OK Mozart celebrated its 30th anniversary year this past June.

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A Blog Supreme
1:45 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Eighty Years Of Master Educator Ellis Marsalis

Ellis Marsalis performs at the NBA All-Star Game in 2008 in New Orleans.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

If anyone has earned the nickname Pops, it's Ellis Marsalis.

As jazz's best-known father figure, the senior Marsalis has four noted musical offspring: Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. But if you consider all the musicians he's taught or mentored, his clan is even more extensive, diverse and influential.

I talked to six musicians who gave us the long view of the Marsalis family tree, and how they were schooled by its patriarch.

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Mountain Stage
10:45 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Gabriel Kahane On Mountain Stage

Gabriel Kahane.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Gabriel Kahane makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. A composer and singer-songwriter, Kahane — like Kate Miller-Heidke, who appeared later on the same show — uses his classical training to create a distinct strand of American folk-pop music.

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Music Interviews
4:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

The Music Midnight Makes: In Conversation With Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell in 1970.
Henry Diltz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 10:20 am

It turns out that Joni Mitchell keeps the same hours as the Morning Edition staff. She recently showed up at NPR's studio in Culver City, Calif., just before midnight to discuss Love Has Many Faces, a four-disc collection of songs dating back to the 1960s.

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Mountain Stage
2:49 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn On Mountain Stage

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn make their second Mountain Stage appearance together, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. The two have been billed as the unofficial First Family of the Banjo by bluegrass writers, who've joked as far back as 2007 that the two might produce an heir who would one day become an emperor of the instrument. The jury is still out on the emperor part, but the couple can often be spotted backstage playing and singing to their young son, Juno.

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Holiday Music
2:12 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert 2014

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
Courtesy of Rhonda R. Dorsett

For the 34th year in a row, saxophonist Paul Winter presents his Winter Solstice Celebration, a festive performance marking the year's longest night and the return of the sun. Since 1980, the concert has drawn thousands of visitors annually to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Upper Manhattan. WNYC's John Schaefer hosts NPR's broadcast.

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Music Interviews
9:28 am
Mon December 8, 2014

After Decades Of Success, Joni Mitchell Is Still Just 'A Painter Who Writes Songs'

Ebet Roberts Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 10:38 am

"It took a mature woman to bring it to life. I grew into that song."

Joni Mitchell on re-recording "Both Sides Now," a song written after she'd chosen adoption for her daughter 54 years earlier. She talks about her new four-disc boxed set, Love Has Many Faces, and the different colors such a collection can reveal in a lifetime of work.

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

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
2:48 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

All This Jazz: Recordings Made 50 Years Ago, in December '64, Including Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"

Tune in for the next installment of All This Jazz, which begins at 10pm on Saturday the 6th, right here on Public Radio 89.5...and online via live stream at PublicRadioTulsa.org. (We'll also offer, as always, a 7pm re-broadcast of ATJ on Sunday the 7th on Jazz 89.5-2, which is Public Radio Tulsa's all-jazz HD Radio channel.)

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:10 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Liz Story On Piano Jazz

Liz Story.
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist and composer Liz Story is a fascinating, ever-changing musician. She was inspired to pursue music after hearing Bill Evans perform, and her music has been compared to that of Aaron Copland, Frederic Chopin, Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.

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Mountain Stage
2:05 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Ethan Johns On Mountain Stage

Ethan Johns.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Ethan Johns makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. A gifted singer-songwriter, Johns has made a name for himself as one of the most important producers in modern music, taking the helm on recordings by Paul McCartney, Kings Of Leon, Crowded House, Emmylou Harris and, perhaps most notably, Ryan Adams.

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