Tootie Heath says the drummer's responsibility is to be happy. There's no better believer in the happiness ethic than Matt Wilson — and we're happy, too, grooving first to Heath, then Wilson, in highlights of sets from August and September 2012.
This Saturday on Big Band Saturday Night... Oklahoma's own Kay Starr! Her story and her music on Big Band Saturday Night at 8 o'clock on Public Radio 89.5-1.
"Kay Starr (born July 21, 1922) is an American pop and jazz singer who enjoyed considerable success in the 1940s and 1950s. She is best remembered for introducing two songs that became #1 hits in the 1950s, "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Rock And Roll Waltz".
This week, Performance Oklahoma presents composer Michael Daugherty and the Norman Philharmonic's first anniversary season concert! The program, Meet the Composer, given on Sunday, January 20th 2013 at the Nancy O'Brian Center for the Performing Arts offers performances of Hoe-Down from Rodeo by Aaron Copland, Ludwig van Beethoven's First Symphony, and three works by Daugherty: Raise the Roof (2003) with principal timpanist Lance Drege, Trail of Tears (2010) with principal flutist Valerie Watts and On the Air from the Symphonic Fantasy Radio City (2011).
Tuareg bands are natural rockers. These desert nomads have a history of harsh physical challenges, long separations, nostalgia and rebellion — elements that give their music gritty authenticity. There's something about their ambling, tuneful songs that fits perfectly with the bite and snarl of electric guitars.
Black Prairie makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. An energetic string band of unexpected depth, Black Prairie features three members of The Decemberists.
Every year, an all-star assemblage of today's jazz musicians called the SFJAZZ Collective picks a different all-time-great jazz composer to feature. The band then applies its own arrangements to that composer's tunes.
Over the past year, Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep has been following the progress of singer-songwriter Neko Case as she works on a follow-up to her 2009 album Middle Cyclone. Inskeep spoke with Case last spring, right after an 18-day recording session in Tucson, Ariz. During that first installment, Case said she was struggling to get a feel for the songs she'd written.