Since 1984, a group called Saffire has used boogie-woogie rhythms, saucy lyrics and quick-fire wit to bring back the long tradition of women in the blues. Saffire — The Uppity Blues Women perform at NPR's Washington studios.
When Tyler McCuan was a toddler, he took to hitting the notes of the piano at his grandfather's nursing home. By the time he was 6, Tyler was so enthralled with the piano that his parents decided to sign him up for lessons, which he took to immediately. The 15-year-old shows his talent in his performance of "Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Mvt. I Allegro" by Franz Joseph Haydn. This performance originally aired Dec. 13, 2006.
Pianist Captivated by Music Since He Was a Toddler
When Matar-Itai Batyonathan was a toddler living in Israel, he was fascinated by Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza. Matar's parents knew it was time to get him a guitar when he took to strumming a spaghetti strainer, pretending he was a guitarist. These days, the 15-year-old plays a real guitar. He performs "Variations on a Theme by George Frideric Handel" by Mauro Giuliani. This performance originally aired Dec. 13, 2006.