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Jazz
3:22 pm
Sat March 9, 2013

Tadd Dameron, A Jazz Master With A 'Lyrical Grace'

Tadd Dameron (smiling at center) was an important figure in American jazz and bebop. He is shown here with Fats Navarro on trumpet, and Charlie Rouse and Ernie Henry on saxophone.
William Gottlieb Library of Congress

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 6:30 am

In the 1940s and '50s, Tadd Dameron worked with everyone who was anyone in jazz, from Miles Davis to Artie Shaw, Count Basie to John Coltrane. Everything Dameron touched had one thing in common, says Paul Combs, author of Dameronia: The Life and Work of Tadd Dameron.

"A penchant for lyricism," Combs says. "Almost everything that he writes has a very lyrical grace to it."

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Lavender Diamond: Heartbroken But Happy

Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond performs live on KEXP.
Amber Zbitnoff KEXP

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 10:43 am

"This next one is very sad," Lavender Diamond singer Becky Stark warned. As the band opened the delicate ballad "Everybody's Heart's Breaking Now," listeners of The Afternoon Show on KEXP realized how true that was.

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Music Interviews
5:39 am
Sat March 9, 2013

The 'German Bruce Springsteen' Tackles English-Language Rock

German musician Herbert Gronemeyer's first U.S. release is titled I Walk.
Markus Jans Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 9, 2013 9:39 am

From Bill Haley & His Comets to Elvis Costello, English is the mother tongue of rock. But Germany has a huge rock star at home who has been famous for 30 years. His name is Herbert Gronemeyer, and he's the best-selling German recording artist of all time, known to some as the "German Bruce Springsteen."

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Music Interviews
6:05 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Dave Grohl Finds Music's Human Element — In A Machine

Dave Grohl reunited with his old friend Butch Vig (at console), the producer of Nirvana's Nevermind, for the making of Sound City: Real to Reel.
Sami Ansari Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 6:09 pm

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Music
5:03 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Can You Make Sad Songs Sound Happy (And Vice-Versa)?

Michael Stipe broods on the cover of R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" single. Earlier this year, a remarkably cheery-sounding major-key version of the song appeared online.
Album cover

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 7:15 pm

Oleg Berg, an engineer and musician in the Ukraine, had a dream as a kid. He wanted to be able to take popular songs, the recordings of which were instantly recognizable, and invert their sound: making major keys minor and vice versa.

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World Cafe
4:03 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite On World Cafe

Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 3:41 pm

Grammy-winning blues-rock singer Ben Harper has made 10 studio albums over the course of his career. For his latest project, he teamed up with harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite to release a collaborative album titled Get Up! Musselwhite, one of the few white musicians to gain exposure in the blues scene during the 1960s, has released 26 records and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:18 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Marches Madness: 'Carmen' And The Castaways

The Toreador march from Bizet's Carmen has popped up in some unlikely places, including the 1960s TV show Gilligan's Island.
Kobal Collection CBS-TV/UA/Gladysya Prod

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Deceptive Cadence
11:56 am
Fri March 8, 2013

The Well-Limbered Clavier

Pablo Helguera

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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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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:46 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Stacy Rowles On Piano Jazz

Stacy Rowles on the cover of Tell It Like It Is.
Courtesy of the artist

Stacy Rowles once wrote a note to her father, pianist and composer Jimmy Rowles, stating: "Dear Dad, if you buy me a flugelhorn, I'll play the [expletive] out of it." Indeed she did, and she picked up singing, as well. A longtime mainstay on the Los Angeles jazz scene, Rowles worked with the all-female quintet the Jazzbirds, led by the late multi-instrumentalist Betty O'Hara, as well as the Jazz Tap Ensemble and the DIVA Big Band.

Recently, host Marian McPartland remembered this 2001 session with Rowles.

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Song Travels
10:38 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Jake Shimabukuro On 'Song Travels'

Jake Shimabukuro.
Merri Cyr Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 4:34 pm

Jake Shimabukuro has carried the sound of the ukulele from his home in Hawaii to the world's concert stages. He's shared the spotlight with both Bette Milder and Jimmy Buffett, and even played in front of the Queen of England.

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