Mountain Stage
10:45 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Gabriel Kahane On Mountain Stage

Gabriel Kahane.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Gabriel Kahane makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. A composer and singer-songwriter, Kahane — like Kate Miller-Heidke, who appeared later on the same show — uses his classical training to create a distinct strand of American folk-pop music.

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Music Interviews
4:11 am
Tue December 9, 2014

The Music Midnight Makes: In Conversation With Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell in 1970.
Henry Diltz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 10:20 am

It turns out that Joni Mitchell keeps the same hours as the Morning Edition staff. She recently showed up at NPR's studio in Culver City, Calif., just before midnight to discuss Love Has Many Faces, a four-disc collection of songs dating back to the 1960s.

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Mountain Stage
2:49 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn On Mountain Stage

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn make their second Mountain Stage appearance together, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. The two have been billed as the unofficial First Family of the Banjo by bluegrass writers, who've joked as far back as 2007 that the two might produce an heir who would one day become an emperor of the instrument. The jury is still out on the emperor part, but the couple can often be spotted backstage playing and singing to their young son, Juno.

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Holiday Music
2:12 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert 2014

The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
Courtesy of Rhonda R. Dorsett

For the 34th year in a row, saxophonist Paul Winter presents his Winter Solstice Celebration, a festive performance marking the year's longest night and the return of the sun. Since 1980, the concert has drawn thousands of visitors annually to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Upper Manhattan. WNYC's John Schaefer hosts NPR's broadcast.

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Music Interviews
9:28 am
Mon December 8, 2014

After Decades Of Success, Joni Mitchell Is Still Just 'A Painter Who Writes Songs'

Ebet Roberts Redferns/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 10:38 am

"It took a mature woman to bring it to life. I grew into that song."

Joni Mitchell on re-recording "Both Sides Now," a song written after she'd chosen adoption for her daughter 54 years earlier. She talks about her new four-disc boxed set, Love Has Many Faces, and the different colors such a collection can reveal in a lifetime of work.

For more conversations with music-makers, check out NPR's Music Interviews.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
2:48 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

All This Jazz: Recordings Made 50 Years Ago, in December '64, Including Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"

Tune in for the next installment of All This Jazz, which begins at 10pm on Saturday the 6th, right here on Public Radio 89.5...and online via live stream at (We'll also offer, as always, a 7pm re-broadcast of ATJ on Sunday the 7th on Jazz 89.5-2, which is Public Radio Tulsa's all-jazz HD Radio channel.)

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:10 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Liz Story On Piano Jazz

Liz Story.
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist and composer Liz Story is a fascinating, ever-changing musician. She was inspired to pursue music after hearing Bill Evans perform, and her music has been compared to that of Aaron Copland, Frederic Chopin, Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.

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Mountain Stage
2:05 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Ethan Johns On Mountain Stage

Ethan Johns.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Ethan Johns makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. A gifted singer-songwriter, Johns has made a name for himself as one of the most important producers in modern music, taking the helm on recordings by Paul McCartney, Kings Of Leon, Crowded House, Emmylou Harris and, perhaps most notably, Ryan Adams.

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The Record
3:43 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

A Supposedly Irie Thing I'll Most Certainly Do Again

Jr. Gong, Stephen Marley, Cham, Sean Paul — the list goes on. A massive jam session ensues and nearly everyone leaps onstage to spit some lyrics. To call this reggae history is no hyperbole.
Empress K For NPR

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 3:21 pm


How much Bob Marley paraphernalia can you cram on a single boat?

That's no riddle. I'm sincerely pondering this as I stand in line at the Port of Miami, about to board the Norwegian Pearl. I am going on a cruise.

I am going on a cruise.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
12:27 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Dublin Guitar Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

Claire Eggers NPR

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 4:09 pm

Don't ask the members of the Dublin Guitar Quartet to play the time-honored classics of the Spanish repertoire. They might play traditional Spanish style classical guitars, but they're not your standard guitar ensemble. The Dubliners are strictly devoted to contemporary music. They've been commissioning new pieces and adapting others for both acoustic and electric guitars since 2002, when the group formed at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

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