Favorite Sessions
12:59 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Folk Alley Presents: Pieta Brown

Pieta Brown performs live for Folk Alley.
Folk Alley

Pieta Brown says she didn't find the guitar; the guitar found her. The daughter of singer-songwriter Greg Brown grew up surrounded by music and wrote her first song when she was only 3. By age 8, she was writing poetry and instrumental music on the piano, eventually picking up the guitar in her early 20s and merging the two into songs.

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Songs We Love
9:26 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, 'Whenever You See Me'

The sibling trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis.
Dean Chalkley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 10:04 am

When Daisy Durham tells the skirt-chaser in her path to "Think about where you put that hand" in this tough-spirited, joyfully punchy musical kiss-off, she has a girl gang's worth of rock 'n' roll predecessors to back her up. Daisy's on-the-corner vocals, doubled by her sister Kitty, recall outer-borough demolition dolls like the Shangri-La's, the Bobbettes and the Angels.

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4:30 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Performance Oklahoma presents The Miró Quartet and the Amici NY Wind Octet from OK Mozart

The Miró Quartet

Continuing its mission to offer a high quality music and cultural Festival for Oklahoma audiences, OK Mozart celebrated its 30th anniversary season this past June. Among its offerings, OK Mozart presented a chamber music series featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker, one of America's highest-profile ensembles, the dynamic Miró Quartet and woodwind players from the Amici New York orchestra; the collaborators returning this season having also appeared at the Festival in 2013. Recorded concerts are held at the Bartlesville Community Center and St.

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All Songs Considered
3:07 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Discoveries From globalFEST 2015

Clockwise from upper left: Puerto Candelaria, Emel Mathlouthi, Sam Lee, The Jones Family Singers
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 9:53 am

The news headlines weren't always easy to read last week, between the mass shootings in Paris and the relentless violence in Nigeria. But over the weekend, in New York City, some of the most remarkable global music groups in the world converged for a moment of musical solidarity.

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A Blog Supreme
3:19 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Winter Jazzfest 2015 In Photos

John Rogers for NPR

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 5:08 pm

If you've ever gone to the NYC Winter Jazzfest — specifically, the marathon of overlapping sets in roughly adjacent venues that sometimes lasts more than eight hours per night — you know that you're bombarded with choices. Stay in one theater where it's warm, or graze for three songs and move on? Stand in that slow-moving line, or find a new plan? See one of your favorite musicians, or take a risk on something you've never heard of before? Experimental, deep in-the-pocket, or somewhere in between?

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First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

First Listen: Red Baraat, 'Gaadi Of Truth'

Red Baraat's new album, Gaadi Of Truth, comes out Jan. 20.
James Bartolozzi Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:32 am

One of the greatest, biggest, most enjoyable brass bands has just made its best studio recording. Red Baraat is a beat- and brass-driven affair, with a double-headed Indian drum as its timekeeper and rhythm maker. Sunny Jain plays the dhol, and on Gaadi Of Truth he feeds those rhythms through processing pedals, expanding on the Indian traditions he experienced growing up in his Rochester, N.Y., home. This is the first record I can think of that applies a lot of effects to the sousaphone.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:05 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Paul Shaffer On Piano Jazz

Paul Shaffer.
Daniel Boczarski Getty Images

Known as the longtime bandleader for NBC's Late Night With David Letterman — and, later, CBS' Late Show — Paul Shaffer first received training in the classics. But, thanks to rock 'n' roll, he grew up to lead what Letterman has called "the world's most dangerous band."

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
1:27 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

On the Next Edition of the Warm and Toasty Radio Show Known as All This Jazz, It's a "Winter" Theme

Please join us Saturday the 10th at 10pm, right here on Public Radio 89.5, for another installment of All This Jazz (with an online "live stream" of the show at

Each week, ATJ spins modern jazz, both recent and classic, across a range of styles. We also always offer, every Sunday night, a 7pm re-airing of the show on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.

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Songs We Love
12:06 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Rhiannon Giddens, 'Black Is The Color'

Carolina Chocolate Drops' Rhiannon Giddens will release her solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, on Feb. 10.
Courtesy of the artist

Rhiannon Giddens' ascent began with her beat-box-infused version of Blu Cantrell's "Hit 'Em Up Style" — from Carolina Chocolate Drops' album Genuine Negro Jig — and continued with her show-stealing Gaelic song performance in the concert film Another Day, Another Time. Her take on Bob Dylan lyrics as a member of The New Basement Tapes dazzled.

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Deceptive Cadence
7:35 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Swan Songs: Classical Musicians We Lost In 2014

Conductor Claudio Abbado was one of the many great classical musicians we bid farewell to in 2014.
Getty Images

Farewells are never easy, especially when you're saying goodbye to a favorite musician. From conductors and composers to pianists, singers and critics, the classical music world lost many masterful musicians in 2014.

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