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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
8:53 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Next Time on All This Jazz: Thelonious Monk's Tunes

Join us for the next edition of All This Jazz, which gets underway at 10pm Central on Saturday the 19th, right here on Public Radio 89.5-1. (We'll also gladly offer, as ever, a 7pm re-airing of ATJ on Sunday the 20th on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.)

Each and every week, our show spins modern jazz, both recent and classic, from Metheny and Mingus to Brubeck and Baker to Armstrong and Adderley. Also, the second half of our two-hour program always carries a "theme."

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Music Reviews
4:03 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Tal National: The Rock Stars Of West Africa

Kaani is Tal National's third studio album.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 6:25 pm

Tal National is the most popular live act in the West African nation of Niger, and the band is ready to go global. Its third album, Kaani, is the first to get an international release, and it arrives just in time for the group's first U.S. tour.

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A Blog Supreme
1:23 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Five Songs By The 'Rhodes Scholar' Keyboardist Of Hip-Hop

Keyboardist and producer Bob James' 1970s work helped to establish the sound of smooth jazz — and lives on in hip-hop samples galore.
Courtesy of the artist

Professing love for Bob James' music can yield a side-eye in some circles. Jazz purists routinely view the keyboardist's 1970s period as a progenitor to smooth jazz — an idiom they frequently react to as if it were a sign of the apocalypse.

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Favorite Sessions
11:57 am
Thu October 17, 2013

World Cafe Presents: Tedeschi Trucks Band

The Tedeschi Trucks Band performs live for World Cafe.

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:34 pm

Two of the finest blues-rock musicians of their generation joined us at World Cafe. Susan Tedeschi and husband Derek Trucks joined forces in 2000 and formed the now 12-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Deceptive Cadence
11:12 am
Thu October 17, 2013

A Debt Ceiling Playlist: 5 Songs To Push Your Mind To The Brink

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (left), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (center), and Speaker of the House John Boehner are three key lawmakers in the government shut down and debt ceiling crisis.
Drew Angerer Getty Images

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Mountain Stage
3:55 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

The McGarrigle Sisters On Mountain Stage

Anna McGarrigle performs on Mountain Stage in 1989.
Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:03 am

When sisters Kate and Anna McGarrigle sang together, their voices were almost magically beautiful. Their songs — such as "Heart Like a Wheel," which was famously covered by Linda Ronstadt — could be at once achingly fragile and tremendously powerful. They performed songs written by each, and sometimes co-wrote their material, until Kate's death in 2010.

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1:02 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Wednesday night: NPR Exclusive Live Webcast From CMJ Music Marathon in New York City

Pusha T is just one of the three artists performing live on Oct. 16.
Courtesy of Def Jam

On Wednesday night, October 16, at 8 pm, NPR Music presents a live video webcast during the CMJ Music Marathon festival in New York City.

Featured artists in the line up are:

  • Cults (indie synth-duo on Columbia Records)
  • Omar Souleyman (charismatic Syrian party singer)
  • Pusha T (hip-hop heavyweight with a Top 5 album on Billboard)

Watch right here on our NPR Music live player.

11:05 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Performance Oklahoma Host To Receive Governor's Arts Award

Kimberly Powell, host and producer of Performance Oklahoma, has been selected by the Oklahoma Arts Council as a recipient of the 2013 Governor’s Arts Awards, Media in the Arts category, for her contributions to the Oklahoma arts community.

Kimberly will receive the award along with sixteen individual recipients and two organizations being honored at the 38th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony Nov. 13 at the state Capitol.

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9:13 am
Tue October 15, 2013

"Souvenirs for an Archduke" with Gloria Chien on Performance Oklahoma

The Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma opened their eleventh season of concerts with a program entitled “Souvenirs for an Archduke.”  Offered in duo venues:  Monday, September 16th at All Soul’s Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City, and Tuesday, September 17th the program featured returning guest pianist Gloria Chien and excerpts from the charming and elegant Souvenirs: Suite for Piano Four Hands Op 28 by Samuel Barber, Ludwig van Beethoven's noble and heroic Piano Trio No.

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Viking's Choice: Acoustic Swagger Exists, And Ryley Walker Has It

Ryley Walker.
Michael Vallera Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 1:46 pm

Sometimes, friends of friends are the best way to discover new music. Or, at the very least, friends of artists you never want to miss live. This was the case with Ryley Walker, a close friend and frequent tour buddy of American Primitive guitarist Daniel Bachman. Walker would accompany Bachman in seriously raucous and psychedelic live sets only a couple years ago, and Bachman would tell me, "Just wait 'til you hear Ryley's stuff." Well, now it's here — and it's not at all what I expected.

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