American jazz clarinettist and band leader Benny Goodman.
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January 31, 2000 Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall concert legitimized jazz in the eyes of the music establishment.
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January 28, 2000 Robert speaks with three musicians — guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad, and violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, about their new CD collaboration, based on Gypsy music. The music bears hints of Spain, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. The songs are written and arranged primarily by Serio Assad. The three are currently on tour to small venues in the US, appearing at "Hot House," in Chicago tonight. They head next to San Francisco and Los Angeles.
American jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis sits with his horn during a studio recording session, October 1959.
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January 24, 2000 Reviewer Tom Moon gives a listen to the classic 1959 jazz recording Kind of Blue. The album is considered a tour de force of improvisation in which Miles Davis confronts a radical notion in the recording process — and does so with grace and poise.
January 23, 2000 Frank Stasio speaks with bluesman Little Milton. His new cd, "Welcome to Little Milton" (Malaco MCD 7500) features duets with Lucinda Williams, Delbert McClinton, Keb' Mo, Dave Alvin and others.
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January 17, 2000 Sung at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it is the most-recorded gospel song ever. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Dr. Michael Harris, a professor of history at Union Theological Seminary, who has written extensively about the song's author, gospel musician Thomas Andrew Dorsey.
American singer Bessie Smith, known as the Empress of the Blues, circa 1935.
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January 16, 2000 Margaret Howze reports on the song's background and its definitive 1925 recording by Bessie Smith.
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January 11, 2000 Noah Adams talks with Jerimaya Grabher, producer of the CD Organized: An All-Star Tribute to the Hammond B-3 Organ. It's a collection of tunes played on various B-3 organs around the country, by 13 musicians.
January 9, 2000 Bassist Charlie Haden talks to Liane about what makes a good song. He's collected some rarely performed gems over the years that are featured on his new album CHARLIE HADEN QUARTET WEST - THE ART OF SONG (Verve Records 314 547 403-2).
January 6, 2000 NPR's Renee Montagne discusses the great pianist, Arthur Rubinstein, with Rubinstein's son, John, who was born when Rubinstein was in his 60's. Arthur Rubinstein was a prodigy, born in Poland, who became best known for his interpretations of Chopin. But he also recorded highly regarded versions of Beethoven's piano works and those of other composers. There are 63 volumes in the digitally remastered Arthur Rubinstein Collection on the RCA label, and each volume contains 3 compact discs.
December 31, 1999 Alan Baker of Minnesota Public Radio profiles contemporary American Composer John Adams, whose collected works were released in 1999 in a 10-CD set. Adams describes himself as 'the first composer to grow up in the LP era," meaning that all the world's music was available to him on recordings. He's often classified as a minimalist but says minimalism is only one of many influences on his music, along with jazz, rock, and other genres. (8:25) The John Adams Earbox, a 10-CD collection is on Nonesuch Records.
November 7, 1999 The Cuban singer had retired from singing in the early 1990s, until record producers Ry Cooder, Nick Gold and Cuban bandleader Juan de Marco Gonzalez rediscovered him during the making of the 1999 documentary Buena Vista Social Club. Here, he discusses his long and eventful career in music.
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October 19, 1999 Wim Wenders' documentary about Cuban music, Buena Vista Social Club, has raised interest in the traditional son style — both in the U.S. and at home, where the film wasn't even released.
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October 17, 1999 Today marks the 150th anniversary of the death of the great pianist Frederic Chopin (1810-1849). Daniel speaks to music critic Bob Greenberg about the life and legacy of this gifted musician. Greenberg says in many ways Chopin helped define the modern piano as we know it today. We hear excerpts from Etude Op. 10 No 4; Polonaise A major Op. 40 no. 1; Mazurka Ops. 17 A major: and the Etude No. 5 in G-flat major.
September 18, 1999 Scott talks with Professor Carol Babiracki about a new guide to North Indian music.
September 17, 1999 Commentator John McDonough remembers this night 50 years ago when a Canadian pianist named Oscar Peterson made his American debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City. We hear from the man who made it possible: jazz impresario Norman Granz. Peterson had been reluctant to perform, so the performance was not announced in advance: Peterson was called up from his seat in the audience during a jazz show to play. He went on to become a sensation.
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