The Record
3:43 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

A Supposedly Irie Thing I'll Most Certainly Do Again

Jr. Gong, Stephen Marley, Cham, Sean Paul — the list goes on. A massive jam session ensues and nearly everyone leaps onstage to spit some lyrics. To call this reggae history is no hyperbole.
Empress K For NPR

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 3:21 pm


How much Bob Marley paraphernalia can you cram on a single boat?

That's no riddle. I'm sincerely pondering this as I stand in line at the Port of Miami, about to board the Norwegian Pearl. I am going on a cruise.

I am going on a cruise.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:27 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Dublin Guitar Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

Claire Eggers NPR

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 4:09 pm

Don't ask the members of the Dublin Guitar Quartet to play the time-honored classics of the Spanish repertoire. They might play traditional Spanish style classical guitars, but they're not your standard guitar ensemble. The Dubliners are strictly devoted to contemporary music. They've been commissioning new pieces and adapting others for both acoustic and electric guitars since 2002, when the group formed at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
1:34 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Johnny O'Neal: Listen, Closely

Johnny O'Neal performs at Mezzrow.

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 12:53 am

Mezzrow is New York City's newest listening room: an intimate club for solo and duo performers where silence and attention are more than encouraged. It's a bit of a throwback, as is its Monday night host Johnny O'Neal. A virtuoso who shot onto the scene in the 1980s, the pianist is now re-establishing his presence in New York after decades off the radar. And on Mondays, he holds court at Mezzrow, singing the blues and welcoming guest after guest onto the tiny stage.

Jazz Night in America stops into the Greenwich Village club to listen closely.

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8:51 am
Wed December 3, 2014

The Pacifica Quartet On Performance Oklahoma

The Pacifica Quartet from Chamber Music in Oklahoma!

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World Cafe
12:31 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Alice Gerrard On World Cafe

Alice Gerrard.
Irene Young Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 11:03 am

Alice Gerrard is a folk mainstay known for her collaborations with Hazel Dickens — particularly the duo's landmark 1965 debut, Who's That Knocking. Gerrard's new album, Follow The Music, finds her looking to the next generation of folk musicians. M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger produced the album and joins Gerrard in the studio for this live set.

Hear their warm, spare performances of songs from Follow The Music below, and listen to the full episode of World Cafe at the audio link.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
3:41 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Sam Amidon & Bill Frisell: Tiny Desk Concert

Bill Frisell (left), Sam Amidon and Shahzad Ismaily perform a Tiny Desk Concert on Oct. 16, 2014.
Susan Hale Thomas NPR

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 4:08 pm

Sam Amidon takes traditional music and makes it his own. He might begin with a traditional murder ballad and then morph it into something of his own, fueled by Bill Frisell's languidly atmospheric guitar, Shahzad Ismaily's minimal but essential percussion and Amidon's own yearning voice. At other times, Amidon weaves his own new tunes into worn, weary, seemingly ageless sagas.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

What's Your Top 100 Of The Last 100 Years?

Composer Steve Reich, whose Music for 18 Musicians pulled out ahead of Gershwin, Shostakovich, Bartok, Ives, Berg and all others in last year's Q2 poll.
Wonge Bergmann Courtesy of the artist

For the past few years, member station Q2 in New York City has been enlisting listeners in a thought-provoking year-end poll. Forget the best music of the last year — what are the very best compositions of the last century?

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Music Interviews
5:16 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

At 86, A 'Jazz Child' Looks Back On A Life Of Sunshine, Sorrow

Jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan doesn't mind that, despite her critical acclaim, she's not a household name. "The people that respect what I do and hire me, that's all I need, you know?" she says. "I just need to keep doing this music as long as I live. "
Richard Laird Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 5:43 pm

Many fans first encountered one of the great voices in jazz as a whisper: Sheila Jordan made a quiet but lasting impression as a guest singer on pianist George Russell's 1962 arrangement of "You Are My Sunshine."

Since then, Jordan's career has taken her all over the world, and in 2012, she received one of the highest honors in jazz: she became an National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. Her music has soared, but her story starts with pain.

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6:44 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Tribute to The Manhattan Transfer on Big Band Saturday Night

The Manhattan Transfer

This week some select classic swing and American Songbook favorites. Sadly, we also say goodbye to the creator of Manhattan Transfer... All this weekend on at 8 0'clock on Band Saturday Night on 89.5-1. See you then?

Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
5:14 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

All This Jazz Presents Extended Works for the Extended (as in, Post-Thanksgiving) Weekend

Join us on Saturday the 29th at 10pm, right here on Public Radio 89.5, for another edition of All This Jazz (with an online "stream" of the show at Each week, ATJ spins modern jazz, both recent and classic, across a range of styles. (We also always offer, every Sunday night, a 7pm re-airing of the show on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.)

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