Before turning to songwriting, Amy Speace was both a playwright and an actor, earning a degree from Amherst College and touring with the prestigious National Shakespeare Company. (She jokes with the Mountain Stage audience about once starring in Shakespeare in the Parking Lot.) She took parts in various independent film and stage productions, ran her own theater company and taught Shakespeare in the New York City school system.
Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:03 am
It's a middle-age milestone, dealing with a parent's death. Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin turns the experience into powerful moments on her latest album, American Kid. The album features songs inspired by everything from her dad exclaiming "Don't let me die in Florida!" to the gleam in her grandfather's eye on his own wedding day.
Joe Pug makes his third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Pug first made a name for himself when he left the University of North Carolina (where he was studying to be a playwright) for Chicago to pursue songwriting full-time. As so many musicians have had to do, Pug took an innovative approach to getting his music to his fans: He mailed out free copies to anyone who asked. More than 15,000 did.
Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche appear on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Creative Arts Center in Morgantown, W.Va. A mother-daughter duo with impressive accomplishments in their own separate careers, the pair recently released Fairytale & Myth, their first musical collaboration.
Come along, folks, for the next go-round of All This Jazz, which begins at 10pm on Saturday the 8th here on Public Radio 89.5-1. As ever, we'll offer modern jazz, both recent and classic, from pianist Frank Kimbrough and bassist David Finck to vocalist June Christy and veteran reedsmith Bud Shank. (We'll also offer, again as ever, a Sunday-night re-broadcast of our program on the 9th, beginning at 7pm, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.)
There are few things as annoying as being stuck on a tarmac — in a cramped, packed plane — for long periods of time. But when you have some of the members of the Philadelphia Orchestra on your flight, it could turn magical.
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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book isHelguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work atArtworld Salon and on his own site.
For the past 42 years, José-Luis Orozco has been entertaining children with songs he sings in English and Spanish. He's passionate about teaching children to be bilingual through music, and he's also written books for kids.
"Let's say hello to each other," he says to a crowd of preschoolers at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. "Buenos días," he sings.
The U.S. considers jazz a national treasure. But its core audience has been gradually shrinking — and aging.
Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride has been trying to stem that tide by looking at the form in a different way. He tells Tell Me More guest host Celeste Headlee where he thinks jazz should go to reach its audience, and offers his personal insight with regard to how artists should take it from here.
The pianist Mulgrew Miller died on May 29, 2013, following a cerebral hemorrhage. The jazz world is grieving the loss of this "wonderful musician and great spirit," in the words of fellow pianist Kenny Barron. As saxophonist Loren Schoenberg so aptly says, "Mulgrew could levitate a bandstand."