Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
8:28 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Doc Cheatham On Piano Jazz

Doc Cheatham.
Ed Newman Flickr

Trumpeter Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham (1905-1997) was known for his admirable technique and tone. His signature slight burr gave his solos an edge, but his musical approach was warm and elegant.

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Mountain Stage
8:03 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Feufollet On Mountain Stage

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Feufollet makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at West Virginia University in Morgantown. The six members of the Louisiana band once described as "the Cajun Fleetwood Mac" take Cajun, honky-tonk and string-band music as their point of departure, all while keeping open minds about where their influences will lead them.

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World Cafe
8:03 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Latin Roots: Eco Del Sur

Eco Del Sur.
John Vettese WXPN

Eco Del Sur is a group of Philadelphia-area Latin musicians whose mission is to explore the wide variety of music from South and Central America, with an emphasis on Andean culture. At the audio link above, hear World Cafe's conversation with longtime leader Jorge Gomez and a set from the show's first-ever Latin Roots Live event.

Favorite Sessions
7:59 am
Fri June 5, 2015

KCRW Presents: Jessie Baylin

Jessie Baylin performs live on KCRW.
Tim Hsiung KCRW

Nashville singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin leaned toward Brill Building pop on her 2012 album Little Spark. But for her latest, Dark Place, she teams up with super-producer Richard Swift to craft a more seductive set of songs. "Black Blood" exemplifies how Baylin's songwriting mines a deep well of emotion and life experience, from relationships to motherhood to life on the road.


  • "Black Blood"
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TED Radio Hour
7:43 am
Fri June 5, 2015

How Do We Listen When We're Unable to Hear?

Deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie says she thinks of the entire body as "a big ear."
Courtesy of TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Act Of Listening

About Evelyn Glennie's TED Talk

Percussionist and recording artist Evelyn Glennie is almost completely deaf, which means she listens to music with her body, not her ears.

About Evelyn Glennie

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Songs We Love
7:42 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, 'Familiar'

Chance The Rapper's band, Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, just released a new album called Surf.
Christopher Polk Getty Images

Picking one song from Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment's ebullient new album to talk about is no easy task. Surf is so layered, so textured and such a vibrant body of work that singling out one song feels almost like you're not doing the entire album justice.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:57 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

A 25-Year-Old Opera Composer Who Does It All

Composer, librettist and conductor Matthew Aucoin in rehearsal.
Jeremy Daniel American Repertory Theater

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 6:31 am

Matthew Aucoin is being compared to Mozart, Wagner and Leonard Bernstein. He's worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

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Music Interviews
3:31 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Telling Brian Wilson's Fractured Life Story On Film

Paul Dano (center) co-stars in Love & Mercy as Brian Wilson in the 1960s heyday of The Beach Boys.
Francois Duhamel Roadside Attractions

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 6:50 pm

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The Record
1:01 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Looking For A Connection In An Infinite Jukebox

Photo illustration: Claire O'Neill/NPR. Photos via NASA and Flickr Creative Commons

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 1:48 pm

There's a famous, heated scene in the 1982 film Diner in which Shrevie (Daniel Stern) has discovered that his wife Beth (Ellen Barkin) has been listening to his 1950s-era record collection, which is organized neatly by name, date, and genre. While Beth "just wants to listen to the music," for Shrevie it's extremely important to recognize his organizational process for a collection that means everything to him. "Every one of my records means something!" he screams at her.

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The Record
9:04 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Why Can't Streaming Services Get Classical Music Right?

Photo illustration: Claire O'Neill/NPR. Photo via NASA

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 1:50 pm

Why is classical music so hard to enjoy on streaming services? In one word, it's metadata. Metadata is the information that coexists with every digital music file: each and every piece of information about a selection of music that a listener might find useful to know, and what makes the information in one file discernible from the next. In the case of classical music, relevant and important metadata includes the name of the piece of music, the composer, the album it's from, the performers, the label that released the recording and the year it was recorded.

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