He can play the horn. He can sing. And that's made him the latest musical star of a great New Orleans tradition. But Trombone Shorty mainly just wants you to dance: "I know you came here to move," he sings to an office full of NPR staff.
Three of today's top jazz vocalists keep open lines to singer-songwriter folk and modern R&B. Together, Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens sing and strum their trio arrangements of original tunes and select covers.
The improvising cellist has explored jazz with his New York-based trio for years. For his latest project, he adds a slide guitar, all the better to take in the down-home flavors of the American South. The quartet performs live.
Beirut arrived at the NPR Music offices dusty and exhausted following a weekend at Bonnaroo in Tennessee. But after some much-needed showers, the band brought infectious joy to its short set behind the Tiny Desk.
The singer-songwriter brings his booming voice and a succession of ever-louder acoustic-guitar set-ups to the NPR Music offices. And, for good measure, he tells a story about survivalism that'll renew your faith in indoor living.