Young English folksinger David Rhodes, who records and performs using only his last name, is this week's World Cafe: Next artist. Rhodes, who picked up the guitar for the first time at 13, has released three EPs; the latest, Home, is his debut in the U.S.
The Guardian newspaper once described Rhodes as a "one-man Coldplay," but you can hear for yourself by streaming or downloading two songs here.
Oklahoma City’s resident chamber music ensemble, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble, aims to add dimension and richness to life for residents of the city and central Oklahoma. Programming goals include not only offering popular and beloved chamber music works but also adding larger and more complex, diverse and lesser known pieces, and newly commissioned repertoire to each performance season. Now in its 12th season, the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma offers five regular concerts in duo venues and a four concert Spring chamber music festival in June.
Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 8:53 am
In the early 1980s, when a young sixth-grader in Colorado first heard Charlie Parker, his life was transformed. Now a world-class saxophonist, Rudresh Mahanthappa is paying homage to Parker with his new album, Bird Calls. Mahanthappa says it's a tribute to Charlie Parker — but there are no Charlie Parker songs here.
Tune in for the next broadcast of All This Jazz, beginning at 10pm on Saturday the 7th, right here on Public Radio 89.5. We'll also offer, per custom, a 7pm re-airing of ATJ on Sunday the 8th on Jazz 89.5-2 -- which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel -- and please note that you can learn more about our show, and can always get the latest playlist information, at this link.
Pianist and composer Joe Sample (1939-2014) began studying his instrument at age 5 and was exposed to a variety of musical traditions as a child. While still in high school in the late 1950s, he formed The Jazz Crusaders, a band he kept together for much of his professional life. On this episode of Piano Jazz from 2005, Sample and Marian McPartland team up for "I've Got Rhythm," and Sample solos in his original tune "Carmel."
George Ezra today is a young English folk-pop singer with a warm, soulful voice and a worldwide hit song called "Budapest." In this episode of World Cafe, he performs solo and talks with Michaela Majoun.
Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 9:34 pm
His instrument is now synonymous with jazz, but Coleman Hawkins was the first to carve out a place for the tenor saxophone in the music. A burly-toned player with an advanced harmonic understanding, Hawkins was not only a titan of early jazz, but also a progenitor of developments to come.
Eric Reed, one of the standout pianists of his own generation, came to Jazz at Lincoln Center last November to celebrate the 110th birthday anniversary of Coleman Hawkins. Jazz Night In America visits Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola to take in a special set led by the hard-swinging Reed.
Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 1:47 pm
On the outdoor stage at last year's Maryland Deathfest, Dorthia Cottrell was a vocal force you couldn't ignore, as she howled over Windhand's oppressive doom-metal riffs. But as much as Cottrell can match and destroy that volume — just listen to last year's guest vocals with Bastard Sapling — she can shake the ground at a whisper, too. Take a listen to "Oak Grove," from her self-titled solo album.