This week, NPR's Scott Simon and photographer Mike Mitchell visited the site where Mitchell shot a historic evening 50 years ago. Hear their conversation at the audio link.
Now a humble parking lot, the Washington Coliseum has seen a lot in its days. Malcolm X once spoke there, circus lions jumped through hoops there — and on Feb. 11 1964, The Beatles played their first-ever U.S. concert there.
Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 8:40 pm
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Pianist Cedar Walton rode high on the cresting wave of '60s hard bop. He performed with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and in Lee Morgan's band, and was house pianist at Prestige Records. Walton died in August 2013.
In this 1980 session, he performs his tune "N.P.S." and duets with host Marian McPartland in "Lover Man."
We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the Bachelor Bouquets we ordered ourselves in order to appear loved is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on music to play at a dance for nervous, flirtatious teenagers.
Host Karen El-Chaar provides a musical preview of "Classical Music for Film," the February 8th concert program of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. From 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. conductor Diane Wittry, Concertmaster Eliezer Gutman and Conducting Fellow Jane Brown join us in the studio to discuss the program selections, composers, guest artists and more.
Don't call the John Butler Trio a "jam band." As Butler himself says on this episode of World Cafe, the jams are part of the songs, not a springboard to more improvising. Butler, who was born in the U.S. but has lived in Australia since he was 11, discusses his love for the land he now calls home, songwriting and much more.
And, of course, Butler and his band — who've been together since 1998 — perform songs from a new album called Flesh and Blood.
Fifty years ago, on Feb. 7, 1964, The Beatles touched down at JFK airport. Two days later they broke TV viewing records and changed music, fashion, history — and basically an entire generation — when they appeared live on The Ed Sullivan Show.