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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:04 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Les Paul On Piano Jazz

Les Paul.
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A phenomenal guitarist and pioneering audio engineer, Les Paul has been a major influence in 20th Century music, both as a performer and technical innovator. The guitar legend made a rare appearance on Piano Jazz, bringing with him his trio — Lou Paulo on guitar and Paul Nowinski on bass.

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Public Radio Jazz Live
9:36 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Newport Jazz 2011: Avishai Cohen's Triveni With Anat Cohen, Live In Concert

Avishai Cohen performs with his trio, Triveni, on the Harbor Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

What is it with trumpeter Avishai Cohen and triples lately? He recently recorded a pair of albums with his band Triveni, a free-swinging trio which showcases his fervent imagination. He's also one of three Cohen siblings in jazz's top echelon; Avishai invited his big sister Anat, the celebrated clarinet specialist, to join him here.

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Music
11:04 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Community! on Performance Oklahoma

Edition 1 at 8:00 pm

Performance Oklahoma launched the interview phase of the Community series with a visit to Oklahoma Christian University to meet conductor John Fletcher and several members of the Oklahoma Community Orchestra who celebrate their 30th anniversary year this season. 

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Kind Of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
9:25 am
Wed July 2, 2014

On the Next All This Jazz: Spotlighting Live & Extended Performanes

Please tune in for the forthcoming installment of All This Jazz, which begins at 10pm on Public Radio 89.5 on Saturday the 5th.

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Field Recordings
8:41 am
Wed July 2, 2014

What Happens When 350 Musicians Meet For The First Time In Brooklyn?

About 350 musicians and even more spectators gathered on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library on June 21 for the NPR Music-commissioned premiere of Sunny Jain's 100+ BPM.
Polina Yamshchikov for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:05 am

We at NPR Music leave a lot of variables out in the wild when we make Field Recordings. That's especially true when we commission new music for the annual Make Music New York festival, as we have for three years.

Since we're not using a traditional stage and people are roaming around, we don't know exactly what the performance will sound like (though we're lucky to work with fantastic engineering colleagues). It's always held outdoors, and we can't be sure what the weather will be.

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All Songs Considered
8:01 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Best Songs Of The Year (So Far) Puzzler

"Vengo" by Ana Tijoux is one of NPR Music's favorite songs of the year (so far).
Courtesy of the artist

The year is half over and that means NPR Music and our public radio partners have been obsessing over our favorite songs of the year so far. The full list of 50 songs makes a potent stew ranging from power pop and brash hip-hop to electro-fueled dance music and intimate portraits from jazz vocalists, classical guitarists and folk troubadours.

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Music Interviews
1:03 am
Tue July 1, 2014

On 'Remedy,' Old Crow Medicine Show Gets A Favor From Bob Dylan

Old Crow Medicine Show.
Andrea Behrends Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 9:26 pm

For more conversations with music-makers, check out NPR's Music Interviews.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:29 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Tracy Silverman: Tiny Desk Concert

Olivia Merrion NPR

Tracy Silverman has been called the greatest living exponent of the electric violin. But we're not talking just any electric violin.

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Music
5:11 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Big Band Independence Day Swing on Big Band Saturday Night

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Have an early explosion of great big band swing for your Independence Day on Big Band Saturday Night!

I'll have hits and plenty of extras.  Always some wonderful memories, this weekend on BBSN at 8 o'clock on 89.5!

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
3:21 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Bruce Hornsby On Piano Jazz

Bruce Hornsby.
Jimmy Ienner Jr. Courtesy of the artist

Pianist and singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby spent quite a few years playing in bars and writing songs — many of them with his brother, John Hornsby. The two moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and spent three years writing for 20th Century Fox. In 1985, Bruce Hornsby and his band The Range signed a recording contract with RCA. The resulting album, The Way It Is, produced three Top 20 hits and helped win the group a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1986.

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