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Newport Jazz Festival
3:25 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Robert Glasper Experiment, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

The Robert Glasper Experiment performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:44 am

One gets the sense that pianist Robert Glasper feels completely at ease with his Experiment band, running his right hand in circles, cracking jokes and switching directions on the fly. Along the way, he's cracked the mold of how jazz might approach the hip-hop and R&B of today. The breakout success of last year's album Black Radio, with its real-time boom-bap and myriad vocal cameos, has already led to a sequel, due out near Halloween. Here's a freewheeling set of vamps and vocoder from Glasper and company.

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A Blog Supreme
2:14 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Newport Jazz Festival 2013: Day One In Photos

Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 4:12 pm

It's almost like a joke now: Which Newport festival weekend is going to get more rain? Folk or Jazz? Because the Narragansett Bay doesn't play around.

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Newport Jazz Festival
1:24 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Ali Amr Experiment, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013

The Ali Amr Experiment performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 11:33 am

Berklee College of Music graduate Ali Amr grew up in the Palestinian territories, where music was literally what kept him off the streets. He's translated that into a prepossessing command of the 72-string instrument called the qanun, and at Berklee, he's found a way to blend it into in a fluid, jazz-based improvising context. Like Robert Glasper, Amr calls his hybridized band the Experiment; that word has a different connotation in his hands.

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  • Ali Amr, qanun and vocals
  • Elisa Lomazzo, vocals
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Music Interviews
3:46 am
Sun August 4, 2013

'The Weatherman': A Rambler's Folky Manifesto

Gregory Alan Isakov's latest album is called The Weatherman.
Erin Preston Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 5:16 pm

To be a folk musician these days, there's no requirement that you be some sort of rambling wanderer. But it can't hurt, right?

Gregory Alan Isakov was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He didn't stay there long: He moved to Philadelphia, then around the East Coast, switching schools every couple years. As an adult, he's found a more stable home: a remote part of Colorado. And in his music, he writes from the perspective quite happy to be away from any big cities.

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Music
5:00 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

The Biggest Thing Out Of Thailand: An Elephant Orchestra

Thai Elephant Orchestra co-founder David Sulzer (bottom center, in red) poses with the animals and their mahouts, or keepers.
Jerry Alexander Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 2:01 pm

The Thai Elephant Orchestra is, remarkably, just what it sounds like. At a conservation center in Thailand, made for former work animals with nowhere to go, a group of elephants has been assembled and trained to play enormous percussion instruments, holding mallets in their trunks and sometimes trumpeting along.

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Newport Jazz Festival
11:33 am
Sat August 3, 2013

NPR Music Presents The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival

Tiny Desk Concerts
7:03 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Keaton Henson: Tiny Desk Concert

Keaton Henson performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Friday, May 24, 2013 at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Gabriella Demczuk NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:18 pm

The day before Keaton Henson arrived to play the Tiny Desk, we hosted a group called The No BS! Brass Band, a nearly dozen-piece horn section with an almost brutal (and totally amazing) sound. It was one of the loudest and most thrilling, heart-pounding Tiny Desk sets we've ever had.

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Music Interviews
6:27 am
Sat August 3, 2013

From A Jazz Trio, Hypnotic Work That Hardly Sounds Like Jazz

Dawn of Midi. Left to right: drummer Qasim Naqvi, bassist Aakaash Israni and pianist Amino Belyamani.
Falkwyn de Goyeneche Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 11:02 am

It takes a while to orient yourself when you're listening to the band Dawn of Midi. The new album Dysnomia is a 47-minute-long composition by what looks like a jazz triodrums, bass and piano. But it sounds like something completely different — looping, minimal electronic music. And there's no improvisation here: It's performed the same way, note for note, every time.

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Ecstatic Voices
1:03 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Songs Of Africa: Beautiful Music With A Violent History

Fred Onovwerosuoke founded the St. Louis African Chorus 20 years ago.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 9:00 am

For the next year, NPR will take a musical journey across America, which is one of the most religiously diverse countries on earth. We want to discover and celebrate the many ways in which people make spiritual music — individually and collectively, inside and outside houses of worship.

The founder of the choral group Sounds of Africa is Fred Onovwerosuoke. He was born in Ghana and brought up in Nigeria, and his choir in the heart of the U.S. — St. Louis, Mo., to be exact — has recorded his arrangements of African sacred music by a composer named Ikoli Harcourt Whyte.

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Music
4:02 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Performance Oklahoma - Nathan and Julie Gunn

Grammy-winning opera superstar Nathan Gunn has made a reputation as one of the most exciting and in-demand baritones of our day. He has appeared in internationally renowned opera houses, is a distinguished concert performer and frequent recitalist.

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