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Sheila Jordan On Piano Jazz

Sheila Jordan's singing style lights up Piano Jazz with guest host Jon Weber.

Sheila Jordan On Piano Jazz

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A 'World Cafe' Special With Rosanne Cash

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Promoting her new album, The List (based on a list of must-have country songs given to her by her late father Johnny), Rosanne Cash puts on a one-of-a-kind performance. She also proposes her own list, in a World Cafe Thanksgiving special that's not to be missed.

A 'World Cafe' Special With Rosanne Cash

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Till Fellner's Journey With Beethoven

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The young Viennese native is on tour, playing all 32 of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas. Hear Fellner at the WGBH studio, in Boston, where he plays the lyrical "pastoral" sonata and the cheerful Sonata No. 25.

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One eskimO's Animated Life

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The group One eskimO is an audio-visual endeavor, and its self-titled debut album includes a full animation. But while the band's idiosyncratic, self-produced videos are a notable component of its work, its expressive music is the heart and soul of the enterprise.

One eskimO's Animated Life

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The Heavy: Sweaty British Soul

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Packing KEXP's studio with a wall of sound, The Heavy performs four gritty, funk- and soul-infused garage-rockers. Fronted by versatile singer Kelvin Swaby, the British band kept the walls vibrating, even after it left.

The Heavy In Studio On KEXP 10/30/09

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Tori Amos: From 'Sin' To Holiday Joy

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For the first time in her career, Amos plans to release a collection of holiday standards. Following the release of Abnormally Attracted to Sin, released this past May, Amos makes a surprising shift to holiday gaiety on her 11th album, Midwinter Graces. Hear her perform a session from World Cafe.

Tori Amos: From 'Sin' To Holiday Joy

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George Shearing On Piano Jazz

In Shearing's second appearance on the program from 1987, host Marian McPartland reminisces with her fellow countryman about obscure British tunes, and the two have fun re-harmonizing "God Save the Queen." Shearing also sings and plays Cole Porter's "After You," and the two end with a two-piano version of "Indiana."

Fanfarlo On World Cafe

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Fanfarlo's spiky brand of rock feels both fresh and familiar. In addition to the usual lineup of drums, bass and guitars, the group employs an array of instruments ranging from keyboards and mandolin to horns. The result is a sound that's ambitious yet emotionally engaging.

Fanfarlo in Studio on World Cafe 11/19/09

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California Showers Colin Hay With 'Sunshine'

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Maybe it's the accent, but Hay doesn't want for charm. The former Men at Work founder makes his home in California nowadays, which gave him plenty of fodder for his compelling new album, American Sunshine. He performs some of his hits alongside new songs.

Colin Hay In Studio On WFUV 8/24/09

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Maya Shankar: A Violinist Lost And Found

Years after suffering a debilitating hand injury, young violinist Maya Shankar recently made a joyful return to music. Here, she returns to From the Top, the classical kids program that celebrates its 10-year anniversary by checking back with some of its alumni.