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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:03 am
Sun December 9, 2012

Daniel Bachman: Tiny Desk Concert

Daniel Bachman performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 16, 2012.
Ryan Smith NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:48 pm

For an early-twentysomething, Daniel Bachman has roots buried deep.

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Music Interviews
5:04 pm
Sat December 8, 2012

Calvin Harris On Dance-Pop As A 'Futuristic Experiment'

Scottish producer Calvin Harris presents the fruits of a prolific year and a half on the new album 18 Months.
Rukes Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat December 8, 2012 8:14 pm

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Music
2:12 pm
Sat December 8, 2012

Susan Stamberg's Special Memory Of Dave Brubeck

Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck plays at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1981, the same year he played for Susan Stamberg on her family's upright piano.
Paul Mello AP

Originally published on Sat December 8, 2012 4:25 pm

Dave Brubeck died this week, a day short of his 92nd birthday. The pianist and composer was jazz for millions around the world, building blocks of chords that mixed classical influences with contemporary harmonies and opposing rhythms.

Dave Brubeck and saxophonist Paul Desmond created fresh sounds in the 1950s, with the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Their 1959 collaboration, Take Five, may be the best-known jazz composition of all time.

NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg grew up with the sounds of Dave Brubeck, and has a Brubeck memory that's dear to her.

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Best Music Of 2012
8:14 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2012

The Vijay Iyer Trio is Marcus Gilmore (left, drums), Iyer (center, piano) and Stephan Crump (right, bass).
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 9:31 am

For the better part of this year, I haven't been able to shake a certain phrase from the back of my mind. It was written by the pianist and composer Vijay Iyer in the liner notes to his brilliant trio album Accelerando: "[T]his album is in the lineage of American creative music based on dance rhythms."

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Music News
6:47 am
Sat December 8, 2012

An Unlikely Youth Chorus Comes Together Online

Diana Newlon leads the OHDELA chorus from her Akron living room.
Molly Bloom StateImpact Ohio

Originally published on Sat December 8, 2012 10:09 am

Diana Newlon sits on her living-room couch leading choir practice. With her laptop balanced on one arm of the sofa, she looks at a screen full of videos of girls singing "Jingle Bell Rock." Each girl is in her own little square, arranged Brady Bunch-style on the screen.

Newlon teaches at the Ohio Distance and Electronic Learning Academy — OHDELA for short — and she's the founder of perhaps the only all-online school choir in the state, or even the nation.

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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Tracey Thorn Finds Joy And Angst In Christmas Songs

Tracey Thorn's new holiday-themed album is called Tinsel and Lights.
Molly Bloom StateImpact Ohio

Originally published on Sat December 8, 2012 7:38 am

A season for being with friends and family can be hard on those who are lonely; a season of giving can be hard on those who go without. All the tinsel and lights can also make people blink, shudder and wonder about which of life's gifts they'll never find under the tree — or which they'll unwrap and find fleeting and fragile.

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World Cafe
4:24 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Lianne La Havas On World Cafe

Lianne La Havas.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 5:33 pm

Lianne La Havas has toured with Bon Iver, sung with Willy Mason and recorded her debut album with producer Matt Hales, better known as Aqualung. More than most, she can attest to the benefits of knowing the right people, but La Havas also has heaps of talent on her side.

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Piano Jazz
3:40 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Dave Brubeck On Piano Jazz

Dave Brubeck at the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors.
Kris Connor Getty Images

David Warren Brubeck (Dec. 6, 1920 - Dec. 5, 2012) in Concord, Calif. His father was a cattle rancher and his mother taught piano. His two older brothers, Henry and Howard, studied to become musicians, but Dave had no intentions of following them, although he took lessons from his mother. He could not read sheet music, but played well enough that this deficiency went mostly unnoticed.

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Music Reviews
1:28 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Forgotten Gems From The Dave Brubeck Quartet

The Dave Brubeck Quartet.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

This review was originally broadcast on March 12, 2012. Brubeck died Wednesday at age 91.

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Remembrances
12:15 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Remembering Brubeck's Christmas

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 2:52 pm

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now, we'd like to take a moment to remember jazz great Dave Brubeck. The pianist and composer died earlier this week. He was just shy of his 92nd birthday. He's remembered for songs like the one you just heard, "In Your Own Sweet Way." The Dave Brubeck Quartet influenced performers all over the world and pushed boundaries by making music that used inventive timing and beats that gave their music a distinct swinging style like in the classic song, "Take Five."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TAKE FIVE")

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