Hope you can catch the next edition of All This Jazz, airing on Saturday the 6th at 10pm, right here on Public Radio 89.5 (with a 7pm rebroadcast of the show on Jazz 89.5-2, our station's jazz-only HD Radio channel, on Sunday the 7th).
Amy Speace performs on Mountain Stage, recorded live at West Virginia University in Morgantown. A talented singer-songwriter, Speace has worked for the past 10 years under the radar of the mainstream music industry. Her creative life started out amid New York City's theater scene, where she primarily performed Shakespeare with fringe and experimental companies.
Feufollet makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at West Virginia University in Morgantown. The six members of the Louisiana band once described as "the Cajun Fleetwood Mac" take Cajun, honky-tonk and string-band music as their point of departure, all while keeping open minds about where their influences will lead them.
Nashville singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin leaned toward Brill Building pop on her 2012 album Little Spark. But for her latest, Dark Place, she teams up with super-producer Richard Swift to craft a more seductive set of songs. "Black Blood" exemplifies how Baylin's songwriting mines a deep well of emotion and life experience, from relationships to motherhood to life on the road.
Why is classical music so hard to enjoy on streaming services? In one word, it's metadata. Metadata is the information that coexists with every digital music file: each and every piece of information about a selection of music that a listener might find useful to know, and what makes the information in one file discernible from the next. In the case of classical music, relevant and important metadata includes the name of the piece of music, the composer, the album it's from, the performers, the label that released the recording and the year it was recorded.
The Alison Brown Quartet appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Brown has been appearing on Mountain Stage for more than 15 years, dating back to her first visit playing banjo alongside Alison Krauss.
Margaret Juntwait was the mellifluous voice of the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday live radio broadcasts. She was also a longtime host at NPR member station WNYC in New York. Juntwait died Wednesday at age 58 of complications from ovarian cancer. The Met and WNYC have each offeredtributes.