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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.
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Rhiannon Giddens' ascent began with her beat-box-infused version of Blu Cantrell's "Hit 'Em Up Style" โ€” from Carolina Chocolate Drops' album Genuine Negro Jig โ€” 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.
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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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A Blog Supreme
11:14 am
Thu January 8, 2015

5 Locally Grown Projects At Winter Jazzfest 2015

Eddie Henderson performs three times at the 2015 Winter Jazzfest.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 11:47 am

New York's Winter Jazzfest seems to grow like kudzu: fast and far. This year's installment, the 11th annual, features 500 musicians in styles ranging from gypsy swing to electronic.

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Music News
1:03 am
Thu January 8, 2015

The Tabla Master Who Jammed With The Grateful Dead

Zakir Hussain learned from the best โ€” his father, Allah Rakha, was a tabla legend. But Hussain's career really took off when he started working with the rock musicians he grew up admiring.
Jim McGuire Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 11:32 am

All this week, Morning Edition is talking about drums and drummers. For the fourth installment in "Beat Week," David Greene spoke with a master of an ancient tradition who has played with some of the world's most famous musicians.


Zakir Hussain can pinpoint the beginning of his musical life. It began one day in India in 1951, when he was 2 days old.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
1:02 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Remembering Marian McPartland: A Celebration

Marian McPartland.
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Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 10:38 am

As a pianist and bandleader, Marian McPartland was a decorated jazz artist, recording and performing for well over half a century. At the same time, she was one of the music's great champions, as host of NPR's Piano Jazz for 33 years.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:40 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Marian Anderson's Groundbreaking Met Opera Moment

Contralto Marian Anderson in the role of Ulrica from a Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi's Un ballo en maschera in 1955. Anderson was the first African-American soloist to appear at the Met.
Sedge LeBlang Metropolitan Opera Archives

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 11:35 am

It was conductor Arturo Toscanini who said a voice like Marian Anderson's comes around only once in a century.

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Music
12:43 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Jon Kimura Parker from OK Mozart on Performance Oklahoma

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 Mirรณ 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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Deceptive Cadence
11:24 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Getting Off To A Good Start: A New Year's Puzzler

Where do you start? That's a question composers ask when beginning a new piece.
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Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 6:20 pm

It's another new year and with it comes more resolutions, decisions and responsibilities.

How do you get off to a good start? That's a question many composers ask themselves when writing a piece of music. Some dive right in โ€” BAM! Others ease into a new composition gently. See if you can identify these opening measures of music. Score high and consider yourself good to go for 2015. Score low and think about starting all over again!

First Listen
10:03 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

First Listen: Anonymous 4, '1865'

Anonymous 4's new album, 1865, comes out Jan. 13.
Dario Acosta Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 9:38 am

Four a cappella voices making divine music: This has been the heart of Anonymous 4's mission for nearly three decades. And as the group bids farewell this season, they're saying goodbye in a poignant way โ€” with the release of an album that couldn't feel more timely. It commemorates the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction.

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Music Lists
4:06 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Tapping The Sounds Of Portugal

Born in Amarante, Portugal in 1982, Marco Rodriguez began winning fado singing competitions when he was only 15.
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Originally published on Sun January 4, 2015 11:29 pm

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