Music

Deceptive Cadence
4:00 am
Sun June 30, 2013

Revved-up Vivaldi, Persian Bamboo And Soaring Spirituals: New Classical Albums

album cover for Corps Exquis

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 6:41 am

It's a brave new musical world. Between downloads, iPods, music sharing websites and the good old CD, we have more easy access to the songs and symphonies we love than ever before.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
4:20 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Maya Beiser: Tiny Desk Concert

Maya Beiser performs a Tiny Desk Concert on April 9, 2013.
Marie McGrory NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:25 pm

Maya Beiser's Twitter handle — @CelloGoddess — says it all. She's a brilliant cellist with a stunning command of her instrument, and she's tightly tied to technology. Beiser takes the sound of her cello and runs it through loop pedals, effects and other electronics to make her instrument shimmer, drone and groove. Then there's her magnificent sense of melody.

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What's New?
1:36 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Why Tchaikovsky's Bells And Cannons Sound Every July 4

The Boston Pops rehearses for its Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on July 3, 2012, at the Charles River Esplanade.
Paul Marotta Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 2:44 pm

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and on the big day, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture will be heard from coast to coast, complete with fireworks and cannons. But how did a Russian composition, depicting the rout of Napoleon's Army, end up as the unofficial soundtrack for our most quintessentially American holiday?

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
5:20 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

On the Next All This Jazz: "The Less-Familiar Ellington"

Here's hoping you'll tune in for the next installment of All This Jazz, which begins at 10pm Central on June 29th, right here on Public Radio 89.5-1. As ever, we'll offer two hours of outstanding modern jazz, both recent and classic, right up till midnight.

Also, please note that this particular offering will be a re-broadcast of a program that originally aired in December of 2010. It's a great show, with positively top-drawer jazz music from start to finish. And the second-theme is especially fine --- it's "The Less-Familiar Ellington."

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Piano Jazz With Jon Weber
11:30 am
Fri June 28, 2013

John Medeski On Piano Jazz

John Medeski.
Michael Bloom Courtesy of the artist

As the keyboardist for the trio Medeski, Martin & Wood, John Medeski has been bringing jazz and fusion to rock audiences for more than two decades. He recently began playing solo piano concerts in venues around the world. On this episode of Piano Jazz, Medeski joins host Jon Weber to perform pieces from his new solo piano album, A Different Time, as well as a surprising duet or two.

Originally recorded March 4, 2013.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:58 am
Fri June 28, 2013

The Wunder Years: Sloppy Johann

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:18 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Tony DeSare On Piano Jazz

Tony DeSare.
Courtesy of the artist

Singer and pianist Tony DeSare grew up in Glen Falls, N.Y. He began his musical career on violin, but from an early age, he expressed a fascination with the piano and organ. His parents bought him a small Casio keyboard to test his interest, and by age 12, DeSare had been given a full-size keyboard and was taking piano lessons.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
3:56 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Wynton Marsalis And Vince Giordano, Big Phat Band On JazzSet

Louis Armstrong Continuum on stage. Co-leader Vince Giordano is on tuba in the back row.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 2:21 pm

One band is on the East Coast, one on the West and both give definitive, invigorating performances of music that celebrates what's best about America — jazz, bands, even Bugs Bunny.

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A Blog Supreme
3:14 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Oui Et Oui: Montreal Jazz's French Connection

Caravan Palace.
Courtesy of the artist

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Music
2:09 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Independence Day Special on Big Band Saturday Night

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Hi, Alan Lambert here... this weekend, we celebrate Independence Day on Big Band Saturday Night. Some truly rare songs of the holiday along with some of our usual surprises.  Join me at 8 o'clock on Public Radio 89.5!

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