Field Recordings
10:14 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Debo Band: Ethiopian Funk On A Muggy Afternoon

Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Wed May 16, 2012 11:31 am

Compared to a dark club full of dancing fans, a muggy Austin afternoon with the sun peeking out over our isolated spot at Joe's Crab Shack isn't the ideal setting for a Debo Band performance. But once the group began digging into "Ney Ney Weleba" — a classic song by Alemayehu Eshete — it didn't take long to get caught up in Debo Band's deep, infectious groove.

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Mountain Stage
2:46 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

The Ryan Montbleau Band On Mountain Stage

The Ryan Montbleau Band.
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 9:17 am

The Ryan Montbleau Band makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College. Based in Boston, the group spends much of its time on the road, playing hundreds of dates every year.

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World Cafe
2:26 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Loudon Wainwright III On World Cafe

Courtesy of Ross Halfin

Loudon Wainwright III has the makings of a great legacy many times over.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:19 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Kathleen Ferrier: A Voice Not Forgotten

The English contralto Kathleen Ferrier had a voice like no other. She was born 100 years ago.

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 12:48 pm

One hundred years ago, a musical marvel was born. She grew up in a tiny hamlet in the North of England, but made a huge impression on the world of classical music.

"Unique" is an overused word, yet it truly fits the sound of Kathleen Ferrier's voice. If you've never heard it, prepare to be amazed — stop reading now and click on the link below.

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Song Of The Day
6:03 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Louis Armstrong: With Love And Grace, A Final 'Hello'

In January 1971, in one of his final performances, Louis Armstrong used "Hello Dolly" to convey the joy of being alive.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 5:07 pm

It was one of his final live performances. On Jan. 29, 1971, 69-year-old Louis Armstrong walked onto the stage at the National Press Club to accept an award. He'd planned to perform a couple of numbers and was under doctor's orders not to break out his trumpet, but Armstrong couldn't resist putting on a memorable show. He sang in a voice more gravelly than ever, blew his horn and played a few of his classics, starting with his rendition of "Hello Dolly."

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Deceptive Cadence
3:42 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Garth Knox: One Viola And 1,000 Years Of Musical History

On Garth Knox's new album, Saltarello, the adventurous violist creates surprising musical juxtapositions.
Dániel Vass ECM Records

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 6:49 pm

Garth Knox was born to play the viola. As a youngster, he already had two sisters who played violin and a brother who played cello. "So for the family string quartet," Knox says, "it was very clear from the start which instrument I would play."

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Tiny Desk Concerts
11:52 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Pedro Soler And Gaspar Claus: Tiny Desk Concert

Doriane Raiman NPR

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 12:32 pm

Music can be a beautiful conversation — rarely is that more evident than in this Tiny Desk Concert performance with the father-son duo of Pedro Soler and Gaspar Claus. Soler plays a delicate, intimate version of flamenco guitar, while his son turns the cello into an exquisitely expressive voice. Though 45 years separate them, pay attention to how they communicate. Music as a living language, and an invisible emotional exchange, is clearly apparent in these improvisational compositions.

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A Blog Supreme
10:59 am
Mon May 14, 2012

If Not Jazz Education, What Will Rebuild Jazz Audiences?

As jazz education has expanded, have jazz audiences increased any?

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:01 pm

In a recent Huffington Post submission, pianist and composer Kurt Ellenberger writes about what he calls "the education fallacy": the premise that an increase in music education will lead to increased audiences. He's writing here about classical music, but draws a parallel with jazz:

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Alt.Latino: The Show
3:03 am
Sun May 13, 2012

¡Mami! Four Latin Songs For Mother's Day

Grandma Sara Garcia holds Jasmine's mother, Marta.
Courtesy of Jasmine Garsd

Originally published on Sun May 13, 2012 11:09 am

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Music Interviews
11:03 am
Sat May 12, 2012

Days With Dizzy: Arturo Sandoval On His Trumpet Mentor

Arturo Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie on tour in Europe in 1991. Sandoval's new album, Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You), is a tribute to his friend and mentor.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 5:10 pm

Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval first met Dizzy Gillespie in Havana in 1977, when the American jazzman came to Cuba to play a concert. Sandoval showed him around the city, where the two men listened to the sounds of rumba music echoing through Havana's black neighborhoods. That night, Sandoval managed to play his trumpet for Gillespie — and blew him away.

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