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Piano Jazz
6:25 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Radio Legend Studs Terkel On Piano Jazz

In addition to interviewing people around America for his radio program on WFMT, Studs Terkel was also a noted jazz historian.
Steve Kagan Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 9:03 am

Though he's remembered for his intense interest in the lives of everyday folks, the Pulitzer Prize winning author and Chicago radio legend Studs Terkel was also a great lover of music, and especially jazz. His first book, Giants of Jazz, featured literary portraits of the likes of Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.

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Live Fridays From XPN
3:12 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

The Tallest Man On Earth In Concert

Kristian Matsson, a.k.a. The Tallest Man On Earth performs at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
Melody Chiang WXPN

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 3:12 pm

Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson is the epitome of a modern-day troubadour. Known for his crooning voice and acoustic folk tunes, Matsson recently released his fourth full-length album under the name The Tallest Man on Earth, entitled There's No Leaving Now.

However simple his formula may seem, The Tallest Man on Earth is much more than just a man with a guitar. His intricate fingerpicking, thoughtful lyrics and big voice give his work great height — and help him live up to his stage name.

Set List

  • To Just Grow Away
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World Cafe
2:46 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Joe Jackson On World Cafe

Joe Jackson.
Courtesy of the artist

Joe Jackson is well known as the writer of the 1979 hit "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" and for his biggest single, "Steppin' Out." Jackson — who grew up in Portsmouth, England and attended the Royal Academy of Music — has also had five Grammy nominations over his illustrious four-decade career.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
2:32 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Blokes Who Can Blow: On the Next All This Jazz, a Celebration of BritJazz

London Summer Olympics.

London.

Summer.

Olympics.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:06 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: July 27, 2012

Bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin's current publicity shot, in which his controversial tattoos are not visible.
Bob Gruen courtesy of the artist
  • Russian bass-baritone Yevgeny Nikitin was tossed from his upcoming engagement singing Wagner at the Bayreuth Festival. It was discovered that he has had an enormous swastika tattoo on the right side of his chest and a Nazi "life rune" on his arm.
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Deceptive Cadence
10:58 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Faster, Higher, Louder

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

A Blog Supreme
10:44 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Newport Jazz Festival 2012 Preview: The Up-And-Comers

Drummer Dafnis Prieto, who was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011, will lead his sextet at Newport.
Henry Lopez Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 8:49 am

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Mountain Stage
3:19 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Sonya Kitchell On Mountain Stage

Sonya Kitchell performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

At the time of singer-songwriter Sonya Kitchell's first Mountain Stage appearance, recorded in June 2005, she was only 16 — and had released her first album, Words Come Back to Me, just a year earlier. In this archived performance, Kitchell visits Mountain Stage in support of that album, and shows off what host Larry Groce calls "unusual charm and maturity." Her set begins solo before the Mountain Stage band joins her to close out the show.

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JazzSet
2:54 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Charles Lloyd's Sangam On JazzSet

Sangam performs at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival. From left to right: Eric Harland, Zakir Hussain and Charles Lloyd.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 7:04 am

For his uncompromising and serious music, the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival was eager to present Charles Lloyd. He could bring any group he wanted, they told him. Lloyd said yes, and that he would bring Sangam, an East-West trio with one CD and few performances on the schedule. It was a coup!

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World Cafe
2:46 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Latin Roots: Cuban Rumba

Pedro Martinez performs at Juilliard.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 3:42 pm

Chicago-based journalist Catalina Maria Johnson hosts the 15th installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots music series. Johnson writes in Spanish and English for publications such as HOY, Revista Contratiempo, Gozamos and Nat Geo Music, and is a radio personality and host/producer for the radio program Beat Latino, which airs in Chicago, Mexico City and Berlin.

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