Music

Toast Of The Nation
5:28 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Clark Terry Quintet: Live In Chicago

Clark Terry.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:18 am

In 2013, the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, founded and still run by Joe Segal, celebrates 65 years of presenting jazz. The venue has hosted NPR recordings several times, including Toast of the Nation 1989. That's when trumpeter Clark Terry brought a quintet into the club, featuring his long-time friend Red Holloway on saxophone. Now 92, Terry — who played in the bands of both Count Basie and Duke Ellington — is universally recognized as a living legend. He and his band were in great spirits as 1989 turned to 1990.

Set List

  • "The Hymn" (Parker)
Read more
Toast Of The Nation
5:20 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Dee Alexander's Funkin' With Electric Soul: Live In Chicago

Dee Alexander salutes Jimi Hendrix during her Funkin' With Electric Soul show.
Marc PoKempner

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:17 am

It started as a bongo beat — a nod to James Brown, just after his death in late 2006. Then came a few signature riffs. And an ecstatic response from the crowd. Before long, the Godfather of Soul was permanently embedded in the Evolution Ensemble's repertoire. For leader Dee Alexander, a powerful and versatile vocalist, it was all part of the same continuum — as was the music of Jimi Hendrix, whose music carried the same revolutionary weight.

Read more
Toast Of The Nation
5:08 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band: Live At Monterey Jazz Festival

Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band in concert at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Tomas Ovalle

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 9:20 am

The composer/arranger Gordon Goodwin, leader of the Big Phat Band, says he had the opportunity to play the Monterey Jazz Festival some "three or two or four decades ago." In 2012, Goodwin, who plays keyboards and reeds, returned with his large jazz orchestra.

Read more
World Cafe
12:43 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Ben Sollee On World Cafe

Ben Sollee.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 10:36 am

  • Listen To The Session

There's not much about Ben Sollee's career that could be described as conventional. The singer-songwriter's primary instrument is the cello, and his work ranges from traditional classical music to Asian folk tunes. Even his preferred method of transportation on tour deviates from the norm; he's been known to travel from one show to the next on a bicycle with his cello strapped to the back.

Read more
World Cafe Playlists
11:03 am
Tue January 1, 2013

World Cafe Host David Dye Picks His 10 Favorite Songs Of 2012

Polica.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 11:40 am

David Dye has been hosting WXPN's World Cafe for more than 20 years. With new artists performing in the show's studios every day, Dye gets to witness firsthand the best music each year has to offer. Here are his 10 favorite songs of 2012:

Read more
Deceptive Cadence
1:49 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Was 2012 The Year That American Orchestras Hit The Wall?

In Minneapolis, the locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are appealing for public support.
Courtesy of the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra

Originally published on Tue January 1, 2013 8:44 am

2012 will go down as a year of orchestral turmoil in the U.S.: Strikes, lockouts and bankruptcies erupted time and again as once seemingly untouchable institutions struggled financially.

There's been particularly little seasonal cheer in Minnesota's orchestral community. Protests erupted after management at the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra each locked out their musicians, after the musicians had rejected contracts that cut their salaries by tens of thousands of dollars and reduced the size of the orchestras.

Read more
Deceptive Cadence
3:13 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Fond Farewells: Classical Musicians We Lost in 2012

Classical music lost many fine artists in 2012.
Dragan Trifunovic iStock.com

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 4:47 pm

Read more
Music
4:38 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

'Prayer Flags,' A Song About Waiting On Heavenly Help

Musician Kristina Olsen says Tibetan prayer flags flying over porches near her home in Venice, Calif., became the inspiration for a song.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 4:37 pm

For some, bringing in the new year means praying for good things to come. Kristina Olsen ponders the reasons for prayer in her song, "Prayer Flags." She tells the story behind it in the latest edition of What's in a Song, a series from the Western Folklife Center.

Read more
Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Sat December 29, 2012

KCRW Presents: Robert Glasper Experiment

KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:17 pm

The Robert Glasper Experiment makes a unique mix of jazz, soul and R&B. It's impossible to classify as one particular genre, but as a sound, it's as eclectic and different as it is cohesive and round. Watch the group (with Robert Glasper on keys) perform "Lift Off" from Black Radio, released earlier this year.

Enjoy the full performance from KCRW here.

Read more
Mountain Stage
1:33 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

April Verch Band On Mountain Stage

April Verch Band.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The April Verch Band makes its first-ever appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. A young, internationally renowned Canadian fiddler, singer, songwriter and step-dancer, Verch embraces mountain and old-time music that's true to tradition but distinct in its own right.

Read more

Pages