Studio SessionsMusicians perform and discuss their work in the studios of NPR and NPR Music station partners. Live music sessions, interviews, and the best new songs in rock, pop, folk, classical, jazz, blues, urban, and world music. Watch video sessions.
Host Marian McPartland calls Dearie an "incandescent singer and pianist" whose "delicate, swinging style makes every song a musical gem." The vocalist and pianist died this past year of natural causes. Piano Jazz remembers her life and music in an archival interview and performance.
As one of the most influential dance-music artists of the last 20 years, Moby brought electronic beats to mainstream audiences across America and the U.K. His combination of poppy disco beats, imaginative samples and occasional punk guitars earned him huge popularity. Hear Moby perform the never-before-heard song "One Time We Lived" in this session from World Cafe.
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, stars of the hit 2007 movie Once, recently sat down with NPR's Melissa Block. Now performing as The Swell Season, they discuss their new album (Strict Joy), perform two songs and surprise each other with new revelations about a song's meaning.
Since 1965, Lewis has recorded more than 80 albums, but only recently launched a new career as a composer. Still, he believes in the standards. In a session from Jazz24, the pianist performs one of his original compositions and covers a song by The Beatles.
Session Spotlight: Ramsey Lewis Performs 'Clouds In Reverie'
The production duo behind Britney Spears' "Toxic" has added a member to become the band Miike Snow. The Swedish group's cool electro-pop is instantly accessible. Hear the group in a session on World Cafe.
Ndegeocello recently returned with her eighth studio album, Devil's Halo. During a recent performance in NPR's Studio 4A, the German-born neo-soul star sat down with host Michel Martin to play songs from her new album, talk about her career and address the stands she's taken in the music industry.
What happens when a passionate love of rock 'n' roll meets a nostalgic obsession with America's pastime? The Baseball Project's Volume One: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails should give you a good idea. Hear the group in a session on World Cafe.
With the help of Cutting Room Studios, KEXP had to move into a tiny studio for this live CMJ broadcast. It turned out to be a blessing: Choir of Young Believers' every haunting sound and whisper was captured in an intimate, unforgettable session.
Choir of Young Believers In Studio At KEXP 10/23/09
Best known as a prominent player in Drive-By Truckers, Hood has reinvented himself as a solo singer-songwriter. His new album is full of dark and creepily stirring guitars and compelling story-songs. Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs) is far more intimate than his previous works. Hear him perform a session from World Cafe.