Music Interviews
6:11 am
Sat March 30, 2013

In South Africa, A Reggae Legacy Lives On

Nkulee Dube's debut album is titled My Way.
Robert Tlapu Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 12:33 pm

It's Thursday night in downtown Johannesburg and some 500 people are packed into Bassline, a warehouse-like club in a hipster-friendly neighborhood. They're here for South Africa's longest-running sound system, or crew of reggae DJs. But tonight they get something extra: a young woman sporting dreadlocks and an army cap gets on the mic to freestyle.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:29 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Marches Madness: Rubbing Aladdin's Lamp

Lukiyanova Natalia

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Mountain Stage
2:29 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Mose Allison On Mountain Stage

Mose Allison performing live at Mountain Stage.
Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:19 pm

Legendary pianist Mose Allison has appeared on Mountain Stage four times over the years — and this is his very first performance, recorded January 15, 1989. Born in Tippo, Miss. in 1927, Allison has always straddled the line between blues and jazz, never favoring one genre over the other.

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A Blog Supreme
2:00 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

The Women In Charge Of The Band

Mary Lou Williams performs at the Cafe Society in New York in 1947.
William Gottlieb The Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 2:54 pm

The narrative of jazz history often credits the music as a powerful, progressive force for racial integration in American culture. But what about gender equality? On that score, jazz in its first few decades would have to be given a less than stellar grade.

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All Songs Considered
1:47 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

First Watch: Efterklang, "The Ghost"

Courtesy of Efterklang

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 2:13 pm

"The video has a puzzle structure: the whole story progressively makes sense to the viewer as minutes go by."

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12:39 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Creating Church Music: You've Got To Feel It

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 10:01 am



It's Good Friday, so let's stay with the theme of Easter celebrations. Today, we hear from a woman whose life changed when she volunteered to help plan a simple Easter program for her church in Memphis, Tenn. Earnestine Rodgers Robinson had no musical training, but perhaps by divine intervention, her decision to volunteer actually set her on the path to a career composing classical music.

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Song Travels
12:22 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

José Feliciano On 'Song Travels'

José Feliciano.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 10:50 am

José Feliciano became a household name with his cover of The Doors' "Light My Fire," but he's also a classical composer and has been called "the greatest living guitarist" by critics worldwide. He has received eight Grammy Awards and been nominated 17 times.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
12:04 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Shirley Scott On Piano Jazz

Shirley Scott
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 4:21 pm

In this Piano Jazz episode recorded in 1992, we remember the remarkable talents of Shirley Scott, the "Queen of the Organ," as she solos on "Skylark" and joins host Marian McPartland for a piano duet of "In a Mellow Tone."

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Deceptive Cadence
11:53 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Mozart's K. 401

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work atArtworld Salon and on his own site.

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TED Radio Hour
9:55 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Are There Mistakes In Jazz?

"It's about being here in the moment, accepting one another and allowing creativity to flow." - Stefon Harris
Alan Klein TED

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 9:36 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Making Mistakes.

About Stefon Harris' TEDTalk

What is a mistake? By going through examples with his improvisational jazz quartet, Stefon Harris gets to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don't react to them appropriately.

About Stefon Harris

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