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The Thistle & Shamrock
3:23 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

The Thistle & Shamrock: Midwinter Musing

Anúna.
Courtesy of the artist

Travel into the traditions of midwinter through some spellbinding music of the season. You'll hear a number of selections appropriate for this darkest time of the year, including music from Irish choral group Anúna with the Ulster Orchestra.

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Monkey See
11:31 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Billy Joel, Popular Song, PBS, And Needing A Piano

Billy Joel
Courtesy of Myrna Suarez

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 2:36 pm

I don't know when people started to think they could successfully make fun of you for being a person who grew up listening to a lot of Billy Joel — and perhaps still does — but they can all forget it.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:42 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Mimi Fox On Piano Jazz

Mimi Fix
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Guitarist Mimi Fox is in the vanguard of invigorating the jazz guitar tradition. She possesses a pure tone and an amazing set of chops and cooks whether playing bebop or ballads.

Her compositional abilities are evident on this 2006 Piano Jazz as she plays her own tune "Perpetually Hip." With host Marian McPartland on piano and Gary Mazzaroppi on bass, Fox tears up the fret board on "What is This Thing Called Love."

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Music
10:12 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Our Griffins Live on The Blend

Left to Right: John Kimock (drums), D.J. Brown (guitar/vocals), Alex Luquet (bass), Travis Hobby (guitar)

The Lehigh Valley band fronted by Easton singer-songwriter D.J. Brown performs songs from their 2013 album Michael Boyd and talks with host Carlos Benjamin.

(Original air-date 5/2/2014)

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World Cafe
9:52 am
Fri January 2, 2015

World Cafe's 2015 Music Preview

JD McPherson is on Ann Powers's list of artists to watch in early 2015.
Jimmy Sutton Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 12:11 pm

After all the time we've spent looking back at the best music of 2014, it is finally time to explore some of the releases we can look forward to over the first few months of 2015. NPR Music's pop critic Ann Powers keeps her eyes on wide range of music; she helps us understand the middle and explore the edges.

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Music
12:05 am
Fri January 2, 2015

On the Next Galactic Travels 2015-01-08

On the next Galactic Travels...
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Neuronium continues.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be "Hydro 2 - The Deep End" on Neuronium Records.

The previous show's playlist (show #926) is available for your inspection.

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Music Reviews
4:38 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Hear Long-Lost Rock 'N' Roll From The Native American Heartland

A new box set shows that aboriginal artists were recording their own music in the '60s and '70s, largely outside of the media spotlight.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 10:34 pm

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Alt.Latino
10:19 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Starting 2015 On The Right Foot: An Alt.Latino Dance Mix

Valesuchi is a Chilean DJ, one of the many musicians setting it off in this first Alt.Latino of 2015.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 7:07 pm

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Toast Of The Nation
5:48 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Toast Of The Nation: Winter Jazzfest 2014

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble performs at Winter Jazzfest 2014.
John Rogers for NPR

For one weekend each January, the epicenter of the New York jazz community is the Winter Jazzfest, a marathon where dozens of bands play a cluster of adjacent downtown venues over two frigid nights. At its peak, lines flow out the doors of clubs to see the famous and obscure alike, often presenting their newest projects for thousands of ticketholders.

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Music News
4:42 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Ahmad Jamal, 'A Musical Architect Of The Highest Order,' Keeps On Building

At 84, acclaimed jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal is still recording and touring
Karen Michel

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 6:48 pm

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