Music

Deceptive Cadence
7:03 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Let Ethan Hawke Introduce You To A Fine, Forgotten Pianist

Pianist Seymour Bernstein in conversation with actor and filmmaker Ethan Hawke.
Courtesy of IFC Films/Sundance Selects

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 10:15 am

Ethan Hawke might strike you as an unlikely guide to classical music. But in directing his first documentary, Seymour: An Introduction, he created an intriguing and ultimately profoundly moving tribute to a largely unknown artist, 86-year-old pianist Seymour Bernstein.

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World Cafe
1:14 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Steve Earle And The Dukes On World Cafe

Steve Earle.
Ted Barron Courtesy of the artist

Steve Earle is back on World Cafe, and he has the blues. His new album — titled Terraplane, named for a Robert Johnson song — draws from the genre both musically and lyrically.

Earle is going through a divorce, his seventh, after an eight-year marriage to singer Allison Moorer. But even with that backdrop, these blues songs aren't downers. As Earle says here, Terraplane couldn't have happened without his current cast of backing players in The Dukes, who take it to the crossroads in this session.

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Music
4:01 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

A Jazz Pianist Taps Armenian Folk, Metal Riffs And A Sense Of History

"Sometimes the music that I write doesn't need to have lyrics, it just needs vowels," says jazz artist Tigran Hamaysan.
Maeve Stam Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 7:25 pm

Musicians arrive at their signature sounds through all sorts of influences. For jazz pianist Tigran Hamaysan, that collection of sounds comes from far afield — he's a fan of progressive metal bands like Tool and Meshuggah — as well as from his backyard.

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Music
5:18 am
Sat March 7, 2015

From The Shadows Of Apartheid, Three Singers Bring Their Voices To The States

Bala Brothers.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 7, 2015 9:29 am

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
2:10 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Next Time on All This Jazz: Remembering the Late (and Legendary) Record Producer, Orrin Keepnews

Tune in for the next edition of All This Jazz, right here on Public Radio 89.5 (KWGS-FM). Our show begins at 10pm on Saturday the 7th, and it's also conveyed via live stream at PublicRadioTulsa.org.

For those unfamiliar: ATJ airs every Saturday night on Public Radio 89.5, from 10pm till midnight. We always thereafter offer a 7pm re-airing of the program on the following Sunday evening, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:29 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Saying Goodbye To A Manhattan Classical Music Mecca

Owner Heidi Rogers Tuesday at her famous Manhattan shop, Frank Music Company, before the store's final closing Friday. Judging silently from on high is composer Igor Stravinsky.
Anastasia Tsioulcas NPR

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 6:04 pm

There's a kind of little village of artisans on Manhattan's West 54th Street. In a couple of plain looking office towers, there are a bunch of rehearsal studios, violin makers' workshops and other music businesses. Behind one of those office doors on the 10th floor sits Frank Music Company — Frank's, as everybody calls it.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:08 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Young Composer's Work Dropped For Nazi Melody

21-year-old Estonian-American composer Jonas Tarm.
Elena Snow Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun March 8, 2015 7:28 am

It was supposed to be a celebratory occasion, a high-profile performance of a piece given life by the orchestra that commissioned it — a young composer's music played by other young musicians.

Instead, the performance scheduled for Sunday of Jonas Tarm's music at Carnegie Hall by the highly regarded New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) has been canceled after it came to the attention of the ensemble's administration that the piece contains a quotation from the Nazi "Horst Wessel Lied."

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Music
3:55 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

The Chairman of the Board on Big Band Saturday Night

Wikipedia

This weekend on Big Band Saturday Night...remembering Frank Sinatra! 2015 would have been the year of his 100th birthday. We will bring you recordings from the early "Frankie" days of the 30s and 40s to the Grammy Award winning "Duets" albums of the 90s. "The Voice" visits Big Band Saturday Night, as we celebrate our 20th year as host and producer. of the show. Join us 8 o'clock central on 89.5 and on-line at www.publicradiotulsa.org.

Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
3:44 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Revive Big Band: Where Jazz Meets Hip-Hop

Igmar Thomas and the Revive Big Band.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 6:16 pm

For trumpeter and composer Igmar Thomas, much in contemporary music is clearly evolved from improvised American music of eras past — jazz, in short. That insight led him to create the Revive Big Band, a large ensemble with a view to connecting the through-lines between hip-hop and its predecessors. With the Big Band, he might reconstruct how a jazz tune lent the sample for a modern classic, or unveil original works, or orchestrate special collaborations with soloists like tap dancer Savion Glover, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, or rapper Talib Kweli.

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World Cafe
12:58 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Joan Shelley On World Cafe

Joan Shelley.
Michael Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Joan Shelley's music takes time to work its magic. Last year, the Louisville folk-pop singer released Electric Ursa, a patient record whose languid beauty builds and unfolds over time. Here, she performs a few of its songs for World Cafe.

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