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Mountain Stage
3:34 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Barbara Jean On Mountain Stage

Stephan Hoglund Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 8:19 am

Singer-songwriter Barbara Jean makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Grand Marais, Minn., in partnership with the North House Folk School. A resident of Grand Marais, Barbara Jean has worked as the news director at WTIP North Shore Community Radio since 2006. She was also one of the first musicians Mountain Stage encountered when it first traveled to Grand Marais in 2011; she was playing a set at the beloved Gunflint Tavern.

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JazzSet
3:01 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Lewis Nash Quintet, Kurt Elling On JazzSet

Drummer Lewis Nash performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 2:23 pm

There are three stages at the Newport Jazz Festival. At least two are always running simultaneously. Given the surfeit of options, it's rare to hear a complete set. The question begins to nag: Should be we somewhere else? And away you go, leaving a work in progress to make sure you don't miss one getting underway.

But sometimes if you choose a spot on the lawn and stay put, the juxtaposition of two bands delivers a fine festival experience. Sunday morning, August 5, 2012, on the Quad Stage is such a time.

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Alt.Latino
7:48 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Behind The Scenes With Cafe Tacvba

Cafe Tacvba members Ruben Albarran, Enrique "Quique" Rangel Arroyo, Jose Alfredo Rangel Arroyo and Emmanuel "Meme" del Real Diaz.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 10:05 am

It's difficult to overstate Cafe Tacvba's impact on Latin music since the Mexican band first surfaced in the early '90s. So we were thrilled to get the band's own perspective, as members Enrique "Quique" Rangel Arroyo and Emmanuel "Meme" del Real Diaz join us on this week's show.

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Live At The Village Vanguard
2:32 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds: Live At The Village Vanguard

Jeff Ballard.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:10 pm

The drummer Jeff Ballard has a band called Fairgrounds. Well, he doesn't have a band as much as he has lots of bands, and knows lots of people to fill them — which might be expected of someone who has been a drummer for Chick Corea, Ray Charles and Brad Mehldau. With the Fairgrounds project, he gets to play a little fantasy baseball, mixing and matching sounds and musicians for his own ends.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:34 am
Wed October 24, 2012

The Politicians In Opera Puzzler

Bass Boris Christoff plays Philip II of Spain in Verdi's Don Carlo. Although the real Philip was a successful politician, he bankrupted his government four times.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 11:35 am

As the presidential campaign heads into the homestretch, with binders, bayonets and a profusion of political ads, perhaps it's time to step back from the election hubbub.

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A Blog Supreme
9:44 am
Wed October 24, 2012

A Charles Mingus Anecdote That Has Nothing To Do With Breasts

Bassist Charles Mingus leads a band at the 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival, including Lonnie Hillyer (trumpet) and Charles McPherson (alto sax, obscured).
Ray Avery CTSIMAGES

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:36 pm

We interrupt this blog to bring you an announcement from the one and only Charles Mingus, the great bassist and composer:

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
1:57 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

All This Jazz: The Halloween Show

Please tune in for the next edition of All This Jazz, which begins at 10 o'clock on Saturday night, the 27th, on KWGS-FM 89.5-1. The second-hour theme of our program will be (gasp! scream!) Halloween!

Deceptive Cadence
1:31 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Roomful of Teeth: Experimental Singing, Smiles Guaranteed

The vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, founded and directed by Brad Wells (left).
Stephen Spinelli Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 12:15 pm

Roomful of Teeth is an exciting young vocal octet founded just three years ago and directed by Brad Wells. And if the group's name is a little, um, in your face, that's entirely intentional. Their eponymous debut album on New Amsterdam Records (funded via Kickstarter) is a thoroughly 21st-century re-imagining of a capella vocal music — experimental, multi-textured and more than ready to blur the lines between pop and art music.

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Mountain Stage
1:27 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Minnesota With Peter Himmelman On Mountain Stage

Stephan Hoglund Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:23 pm

Minnesota, a band featuring singer-songwriter Peter Himmelman, makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Grand Marais, Minn., in partnership with the North House Folk School. Himmelman appeared on Mountain Stage many years ago — way back in 1992 and '93 — but this is his first outing with Minnesota.

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A Blog Supreme
4:45 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

'Treme,' Ep. 26: That's What Buddy Bolden Said

The Lambreaux men protest the demolition of housing projects.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

Certain episodes of Treme seem to wear their ideological hearts on their sleeves, and this was one. You open with Desiree's mother's house getting torn down in a city mix-up; you have Davis throwing around phrases like "preservation through neglect"; you see housing projects torn down amid protest with the implication of a corrupt deal; you get protagonists like the Bernette family being harassed by police; you witness clueless developers trying to build a national jazz center while waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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