Classics in Concert
12:51 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Lang Lang In Concert At The Met Museum

Lang Lang brings a program of Chinese music, plus Chopin and Tchaikovsky, to the Met Museum in New York.
Stephanie Berger for NPR

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 3:59 pm

For more than half of his 32 years, Lang Lang has been in the spotlight, as an international star and arguably the most crowd-pleasing classical pianist on the planet. From venues as diverse as the Beijing Olympics and Brazil's World Cup to New York's Central Park and Stockholm's Nobel Prizes, Lang Lang routinely crisscrosses the globe playing to innumerable masses. Last month he filled London's cavernous Royal Albert Hall two nights in a row.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:09 am
Tue May 12, 2015

András Schiff's Confessional Schubert

Andras Schiff had a change of heart when it comes to the fortepiano.
Nadia F. Romanini ECM Records

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 3:10 pm

Twenty years ago, pianist András Schiff did not hide his disdain for the fortepiano — the smaller, quieter precursor to the modern grand piano. In the liner notes of five separate Schubert albums Schiff released in the early 1990s, he wrote: "Schubert's piano music has luckily not been discovered yet by specialists playing copies of Graf fortepianos."

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All Songs TV
12:39 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

First Watch: Gangstagrass, 'Banks Of The Ohio'

A scene from the animated video for the Gangstagrass song "Banks Of The Ohio."
Courtesy of the artist

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

First Listen: Daniel Bachman, 'River'

Daniel Bachman's new album, River, comes out May 19.
Courtesy of the artist Eric Marth

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 10:47 am

Guitarist Daniel Bachman opens River with long, slow strums, as if he's summoning energy for a daunting journey. Beginning that way is common in fingerpicked acoustic guitar — what John Fahey, a pioneer of the form, called "American Primitive." But Bachman's patient notes seem to carry extra weight, suggesting that River could be the definitive work toward which he's been building throughout his short but prolific career.

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4:18 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Kamasi Washington's 3-Hour Jazz 'Epic,' Complete With Creation Myth

Kamasi Washington's new album is called The Epic.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 5:52 pm

When Kamasi Washington called his new album The Epic, he meant it.

His band has two drummers, two bass players, both piano and keyboards. There are three horns and two lead vocals. There's a 20-piece choir and a 32-piece string section.

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4:51 am
Sun May 10, 2015

At 70, Keith Jarrett Is Learning How To Bottle Inspiration

Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett is celebrating his 70th birthday with two new releases: the classical exploration Barber/Bartók and the live compilation Creation.
Henry Leutwyler Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 4:37 pm

Keith Jarrett hit a milestone this past week: The famed jazz pianist turned 70 years old, and he's decided to mark the occasion with two new releases. One offers his take on two important classical works; the other, Creation, documents how his creative process plays out in front of a host of live audiences.

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Favorite Sessions
11:03 am
Sat May 9, 2015

Folk Alley Presents: Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys perform live for Folk Alley.
Folk Alley

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 9:25 am

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys got their start in 2009 as a traditional bluegrass band in Lansing, Mich. Founding member Joshua Rilko describes the project as an "unofficial bluegrass thesis" to accompany his unofficial late-night studying of the genre.

These days, while still giving a nod to bluegrass and American traditional music, they boldly take their own songs in new directions. They recently stopped by Beehive Studios in Saranac Lake, N.Y., to record songs from their new album, Ionia — an album recorded live in four days in their dining room in Ionia, Mich.

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7:41 am
Sat May 9, 2015

Harry James on Big Band Saturday NIght


Alan Lambert here, I have a treat for you this weekend: Famous band leader Harry James! A bit of his story with plenty of his music.

Join us for Big Band Saturday Night at 8 o'clock on 89.5... Harry James on the bandstand once more!

Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
6:30 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

On the Next All This Jazz: Celebrating the Village Vanguard (as the Legendary Jazz Club Turns 80)

Listen in for the next edition of All This Jazz, right here on Public Radio 89.5 (KWGS-FM). Our show begins at 10pm on Saturday the 9th, and it's also conveyed via live stream at

For those unfamiliar: ATJ airs every Saturday night on Public Radio 89.5, from 10pm till midnight. We always thereafter offer a 7pm re-airing of the program the following Sunday evening, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's jazz-24/7 HD Radio channel.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:02 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Sharon Freeman On Piano Jazz

Sharon Freeman.
Barbara Weinberg Barefield Wikimedia Commons

In addition to being a lauded pianist, composer and arranger, Sharon Freeman is an accomplished French-horn player. She's worked with many jazz greats, including Gil Evans, Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton and Charlie Haden.

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