First Listen
10:10 pm
Sun May 3, 2015

Review: Buffy Sainte-Marie, 'Power In The Blood'

Buffy Sainte-Marie's new album, Power In The Blood, comes out May 12.
Matt Barnes Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 3:18 pm

It's tempting to mythologize Buffy Sainte-Marie — to call her a folk-music mother of dragons, or at least a shaman calling up lost spirits in her music. It's easy, after all, to exoticize individualistic women, especially women of color; doing so can even feel like offering a compliment. But on Power In The Blood, her first studio album since 2008, the 74-year-old firebrand defies categorization, as she has throughout a half-century of recording.

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Jazz Night In America
5:20 pm
Sun May 3, 2015

A New Jazz Suite For Head, Shoulders, Knees And Toes

Steve Coleman's new album is called Synovial Joints.
Jeff Fusco John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Is there a modern-day equivalent to Duke Ellington? Or Ornette Coleman?

Who are the people today who think differently about jazz — who have created new forms, and expanded the musical vocabulary?

For 30 years, saxophonist Steve Coleman has been pushing the music forward, traveling the world to collect new sounds, rhythms and ideas. Along the way he's mentored many of the most exciting younger artists in jazz — musicians like Ambrose Akinmusire, Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:03 am
Sat May 2, 2015

3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

Sina Shahbazmohamadi places a 3-D printed copy of a recorder foot joint into a measuring device in a lab at the University of Connecticut's Center for Clean Energy Engineering.
Peter Morenus UConn

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 9:26 am

In a recital hall at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, a group of musicians got together to play Jean-Baptiste Singelée's 1857 quartet for saxophones on some very old, very special instruments.

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9:46 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Great American Songbook on Big Band Saturday Night

Ella Fitzgerald

This weekend on Big Band Saturday Night, The Great American Songbook Swings! From Sinatra and Basie to Glenn Miller to Johnny Mercer to Doris Day!

We will have fun! Big Band Saturday Night , 8 o'clock on 89.5 and streaming at Join us early and stay late.

Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
9:41 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

On the Next All This Jazz: A Duke Ellington Birthday Broadcast

Edward Kennedy Ellington -- who titled his bestselling autobiography "Music Is My Mistress," and who, as the greatest composer jazz has ever produced, worked as indefatigably as he did brilliantly as a bandleader, pianist, recording artist, and touring performer for more than half a century -- was born April 29, 1899. (He died in 1974.)

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:44 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Shirley Horn On Piano Jazz

Shirley Horn.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 1:24 pm

Jazz musicians have long admired pianist and vocalist Shirley Horn (1934–2005), whose sensitive and relaxed playing style and unique vocals earned her comparisons to fellow jazz greats such as Count Basie and Nat King Cole.

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10:24 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Latitudes: The International Music You Must Hear In April

The husband-and-wife duo Niyaz: Loga Ramin Torkian and Azam Ali.
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 12:51 pm

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Front Row
12:51 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Punch Brothers, 'Familiarity'

Punch Brothers performing at Boston's House of Blues March 6.

When I asked Chris Thile (mandolin/vocals) and Gabe Witcher (fiddle/percussion/vocals) about the song "Familiarity" before Punch Brothers took the stage at Boston's House of Blues March 6, both of their faces lit up. It's clear this particular song — among a number of notable ones on the band's most recent album, The Phosphorescent Blues — is something special.

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World Cafe
10:22 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Jim White Vs. The Packway Handle Band On World Cafe

Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band.
Courtesy of the artist

Jim White, the Southern-born filmmaker turned singer-songwriter turned novelist, has a new album — or at least half of one. Jim now lives in Athens, Ga., where he's become friends with a longtime local bluegrass group, The Packway Handle Band. When they asked him to produce their album, he said yes, but only if he could join the band and have them do some of his tunes. That's where the name of this project, Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band, comes from.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
5:29 am
Wed April 29, 2015

José González: Tiny Desk Concert

Tiny Desk Concert with José González.

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 5:47 am

There's a quiet and a calm from José González that amplify his words. This has never been truer than on his new album, Vestiges & Claws. The songs are full of abstract imagery — more paintings than stories. He performed this song, "With The Ink of A Ghost," at my desk.

Idle as a wave
Moving out at sea
Cruising without sound
Molding what's to be
Serene between the trace
Serene with the tide and ink of a ghost

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