Song Travels
12:24 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Johnny Mathis On 'Song Travels'

Johnny Mathis.
Jeff Dunas Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 4:57 am

Singer Johnny Mathis started out with a string of hits in the 1950s and quickly became a household name. A two-time inductee into the Grammy Hall of Fame, Mathis has one of the most popular albums of all time with Johnny's Greatest Hits, which spent almost 10 years on the Billboard Top Albums chart.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:55 am
Fri September 27, 2013

New At K.486 Mart

Pablo Helguera for NPR

Got an idea for a classical cartoon or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, on Twitter @nprclassical, or on Facebook at NPR Classical.

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11:15 am
Fri September 27, 2013

CANCELLED: Carnegie Hall Live: Opening Night Gala With The Philadelphia Orchestra

Joshua Bell is the violin soloist at the glittering opening night of Carnegie Hall's 2013-14 season.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 12:04 pm

Due to a strike by Carnegie Hall's stagehands, represented by IATSE/Local One (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), tonight's performance has been cancelled.


  • Tchaikovsky: Slavonic March, Op. 31
  • Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
  • Ravel: Tzigane
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11:01 am
Fri September 27, 2013

5 Latin Songs, Engineered To Cheer You Up

Celia Cruz, the queen of salsa.
Courtesy of the artist.

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 3:53 pm

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
10:33 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Eliane Elias On Piano Jazz

Eliane Elias.
Tom LeGoff Courtesy of the artist

On this Piano Jazz from 2008, Eliane Elias performs a set of tunes distinctly dedicated to the music of the late Bill Evans. She performs Evans' tunes "For Nanette," "I Love My Wife," and "B Minor Waltz," and duets with Marian McPartland on two early Bill Evans favorites: "Autumn Leaves" and "Alone Together."

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Fri September 27, 2013

KCRW Presents: King Krule

King Krule performs live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:25 pm

At 19, Archy Marshall has parlayed his musical upbringing and constantly evolving songwriting into early success under the name King Krule. He quickly caught the attention of the DJs here at KCRW with his raw baritone vocals, which work well alongside the jazz and R&B influences in his work.

King Krule recently came by Morning Becomes Eclectic for his U.S. live radio debut to play songs from his full-length debut album, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon — including "Baby Blue."

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Sax, Drugs And Jazz: Charlie Parker's 'Lightning'-Fast Rise

Charlie Parker, shown here in an undated photo, was a legendary jazz saxophonist.
STF AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 7:53 am

Harlem's Savoy Ballroom, early 1942. The Jay McShann Orchestra from Kansas City, Mo., has the stage, and Charlie "Bird" Parker picks up his alto saxophone:

"The rhythm section had him by the tail, but there was no holding or cornering Bird. Disappearing acts were his specialty. Just when you thought you had him, he'd move, coming up with another idea, one that was as bold as red paint on a white sheet."

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12:37 am
Fri September 27, 2013

On the Next Galactic Travels 2013-10-03

Fare thee well, Kevin Haller.

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Dave Luxton begins.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be Portal on Wayfarer Records.  Music by musicians appearing at area concerts will be featured.  Tonight's program is dedicated to Killer Haven/Burning Artist(s) Sale, a.k.a.

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12:36 am
Fri September 27, 2013

The Special Focus for October, 2013.

The Special Focus for October, 2013.
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On Galactic Travels, the Special Focus for October is Dave Luxton.  Originally from northern New England, Dave is drawn to music by its magical power to evoke emotion and communicate the human experience.  Creating music with synthesizers since childhood, Dave creates video and film scores as well as his own albums.

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Music Reviews
5:59 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

After 40 Years, Mulatu Astatke Still 'Sketches' Ethio-Jazz Deftly

Mulatu Astatke is known as the father of "Ethio-jazz." His new album, Sketches of Ethiopia, is a multinational collaboration that mixes many styles but stays true to Astatke's Ethiopian roots.
Alexis Maryon Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 7:19 pm

It is bold indeed for any jazz artist to evoke Miles Davis' landmark album Sketches of Spain. But Mulatu Astatke, like Miles, is a true original.

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