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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

First Listen: Los Hijos De La Montaña, 'Los Hijos De La Montaña'

Los Hijos De La Montaña.
Jeff Elbel Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 2:37 pm

Although they share the same last name, it's hard to imagine a less likely pairing than Luz Elena Mendoza and Sergio Mendoza.

While both have roots in Mexico, Luz Elena makes her home in the Pacific Northwest and has fronted a band called Y La Bamba. That group sets Luz Elena's deep, evocative voice against backing vocals so rich, I once described Y La Bamba's other singing members as bearded choirboys. There were direct Mexican influences in the music, but not many.

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

First Listen: Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus, 'The Bad Plus Joshua Redman'

Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus' new album, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, comes out May 26.
Cameron Wittig Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 2:37 pm

For the last two years, pianist Ethan Iverson has been at the center of what looks, in hindsight, like a serious creative whirlwind. He re-conceptualized Stravinsky's ballet The Rite Of Spring in its entirety (!) for his trio The Bad Plus, and then, for good measure, recorded an album of all-original Bad Plus music (Inevitable Western).

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Music
11:03 am
Sun May 17, 2015

From Four Different Corners Of Africa, Four Bold New Albums

Tuareg blues and griot guitar meet virtuoso percussion on Zoy Zoy, the latest album from the Niger band Tal National.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 7:56 pm

World-music DJ Betto Arcos is back — this time, with music he's found all over the African continent. The host of Global Village on KPFK in Los Angeles recently joined NPR's Arun Rath to discuss new albums from four different corners of Africa, including soulful songs from a prison in Malawi, dance music from Congo and a collaboration between a Malian singer and a Cuban pianist. Hear their conversation at the audio link, and check out the music below.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:49 am
Sun May 17, 2015

After Thaw, Minnesota Orchestra Returns To Cuba

The Minnesota Orchestra under the direction of conductor Osmo Vanska (center) performs during a concert at the Cuban National Theater in Havana on Friday.
Yamil Lage AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 9:44 am

The Minnesota Orchestra plays Havana this weekend. It's the first professional U.S. orchestra to perform in Cuba since the United States and the island nation began the process of normalization last December. For the musicians, this trip is about healing — both diplomatically and for themselves.

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Folk Alley Presents: The Steel Wheels

The Steel Wheels, performing live for Folk Alley.
Folk Alley

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Music
5:14 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

50 Years Ago, Ramsey Lewis Joined 'The In Crowd'

Ramsey Lewis' hit single "The In Crowd" was recorded live in concert 50 years ago this month.
Courtesy of Ravinia Festival

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 6:16 pm

Fifty years ago, the Ramsey Lewis Trio sat in a Washington, D.C. coffee shop, musing over what it could add to its set that evening. It was booked for a run at Bohemian Caverns — the group had issued a live album made at the nightclub, and it was gearing up to record a follow-up live album. Over walked a waitress, who inquired about the band's predicament.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
1:34 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Next Time on All This Jazz: A Tuneful Time Capsule from 40 Years Ago -- Great Jazz Recordings of '75

Hope you can tune in for the next broadcast of All This Jazz, beginning at 10pm Central on Saturday the 16th --- right here on Public Radio 89.5 (KWGS-FM)...and via live-stream at PublicRadioTulsa.org.

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Sat May 16, 2015

1,000 Songs From Holocaust Survivors Archived

Ben Stonehill and his sons Lennox Lee Stonehill and Bob Stonehill, taken in New York, circa 1948.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 10:23 am

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:03 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Gonzalo Rubalcaba On Piano Jazz

Gonzalo Rubalcaba is shown performing during the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival.
Eva Hambach AFP/Getty Images

The music of pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba is a potent mixture of Cuban and American jazz. His style sounds both melodic and rhythmic, filled with exciting and intriguing influences. He plays everything from jazz to classical, as well as music from his native Cuba.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:45 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Camané: Tiny Desk Concert

Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 12:24 pm

Great fado singers sound as if they carry the weight of the world's sadness. They don't just wear their hearts on their sleeves — they bare their souls.

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