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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.