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.
A pianist, singer, composer and icon, Dr. John blends soul, pop, rock, jazz, zydeco and an unmistakable voice to create his unique take on New Orleans' musical flavor. In this session from 1989, Dr. John performs "Struttin' With Some BBQ" and his hit tune "Right Place, Wrong Time," among others.
The soul icon burst back on to the scene this year with Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, on which she covers classic rock tracks. LaVette joins Claudia Marshall at WFUV to perform two songs from the record and discuss how the project came about.
Recognized as one of the most influential drummers of our day and the heartbeat of Afrobeat, Allen incorporated his innovative bass drum patterns in the music of Fela Kuti's revered band Africa '70. The 70-year-old musical giant continues to make music today.
The father of the modern day ngoni has brought the instrument and its history to the forefront of Mali's musical culture. Kouyate has put together his own band of four ngoni players, and you can hear them perform their playful music live.
The neo-soul singer recently teamed up with the legendary hip-hop band to record an album of '60s and '70s soul covers called Wake Up! Hear the two perform their renditions of soul classics live from the Philadelphia studios of WXPN.
The unmistakable croak of Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr. has been representing the Crescent City for more than 50 years. The singer, songwriter and pianist recently performed at the Jazz24 studios in Seattle and gave an emotional interview about the city he loves.
When NPR Music staffers were called upon to speak on Capitol Hill, we brought in a ringer: the Tiny Desk Concert veterans in Lost in the Trees, a.k.a. the band Bob wishes to adopt as his chamber-folk foster children. Hear the complete session.
Son of musician Wayne Scott, the multi-instrumentalist and country star reasserts his claim to fame by playing all of the instruments on his new album. He sticks to guitar on his studio session with David Dye.