October 31, 2002 The Susie Arioli Swing Band featuring Jordan Officer first gained notice at the 1998 Montreal International Jazz Festival. The band's albums include the recent Pennies from Heaven and the debut It's Wonderful.
October 31, 2002 Karen Grigsby Bates learns about the legacy of rock & roll legend Sam Cooke from Mark Naison, a professor at Fordham University who's teaching a course called "From Rock n' Roll to Hip Hop."
October 27, 2002 Graham Nash talks about the moment the trademark harmonies of Crosby Stills and Nash were born.
October 24, 2002 Singer/songwriter, guitarist Richard Thompson. He first became known for his work with "Fairport Convention." He's since gone solo and is known for his dark songs, which blend elements of British folk ballads and the blues. He's released a number of solo albums, including Mirror Blue and Rumor and Sigh. Rykodisc also compiled a retrospective of his work Watching the Dark: The History of Richard Thompson. Currently, Thompson is performing a show he calls "A Thousand Years of Pop Music," which includes British and American folk songs, jazz and pop.
October 23, 2002 Regular commentator Cornel West talks with Tavis Smiley about John Coltrane's legacy and his musical genius. A mural portraying Coltrane was recently dedicated near his former home in Philadelphia.
October 22, 2002 Tony-winner Audra McDonald talks about her new album, Happy Songs. It's a departure from the more serious material she's taken on in the past. She interprets lesser-known songs from the 1920s, '30s, and '40s, by composers such as Harold Arlen and Duke Ellington.
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October 21, 2002 Saxophonist Branford Marsalis. He's just released "Footsteps of Our Fathers," the debut release on the artist's own Marsalis Music label. In the nearly two decades that he has released solo albums, he's won two Grammy Awards and was nominated for a third in 1995. He was the first band leader for Jay Leno's "The Tonight Show" and appeared on the show from 1992-1995. In addition to the solo and ensemble records he's released, Marsalis has participated in various film scores as both composer and featured soloist. He is currently on tour for this album.
October 14, 2002 Jacki Lyden talks to Paddy Moloney, leader and tin whistle player for the Irish band, The Chieftains. They've been performing for 40 years now, re-invigorating traditional Irish music and taking it around the world. To mark the four decades, the group has a CD called The Wide World Over, in which some of the group's collaborations with international artists, such as Joni Mitchell and Art Garfunkel, are reprised. The Chieftains also have another new CD, Down the Long Plank Road, recorded with country performers in Nashville, Tenn. Moloney says Irish music is strong enough to blend with sounds from elsewhere and still retain its strength. (12:30) The Wide World Over and Down the Old Plank Road, both by The Chieftains, are on the RCA Victor label.
October 13, 2002 Naqoyqatsi , which opens this week, is the long-awaited final film in a trilogy that began in 1983. Director Godfrey Reggio and composer Philip Glass talk to reporter Pat Dowell about putting together images and music that comment on human fate in a world of technology.
October 13, 2002 Guest host Brian Naylor speaks with country-pop singer/songwriter Kim Richey about her new CD Rise.
October 12, 2002 How do you write a good song? Singer-songwriter James Taylor says that songs seem to find him. He visits with Scott Simon on Weekend Edition Saturday to talk about his new CD, October Road.
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October 8, 2002 NPR's Elizabeth Blair profiles Malian musician Salif Keita, one of the master's of the "world music" movement. Keita moved back to Mali recently after living and working in France for 16 years. His new album is a return to the more traditional sounding music and features several rising musicians from Mali. Keita was shunned as a child because he is albino. He's trying to help remove the stigma that many Africans attach to the genetic condition.
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October 7, 2002 Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews It's all Relative: Tillis Sings Tillis, an album of country classic songs written by Mel Tillis and performed by his daughter, Pam Tillis.
October 6, 2002 India.Arie received seven Grammy nominations last year for her first album, Acoustic Soul. Now the singer-songwriter is back with her sophomore effort, Voyage to India. She talks about the new album with Liane Hansen.
October 5, 2002 Host Scott Simon talks with documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield about his new film Biggie and Tupac. The film is about the unsolved murders of the rap stars Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.
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