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Jack DeJohnette And Friends: Miles On Their Minds

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Veteran drummer Jack DeJohnette stops by the Jazz24 studios in Seattle, to perform a studio session with two longtime collaborators: pianist Chick Corea and bassist Stanley Clarke.

Jack DeJohnette And Friends: Miles On Their Minds

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The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt On World Cafe

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Hear the singer-songwriter play ukulele versions of songs from Love at the Bottom of the Sea.

The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt On World Cafe

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KCRW Presents: Father John Misty

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On his way into the studio, former Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman grabbed a photo of David Lynch off the walls — a fitting gesture to his surreal musical alter ego. Here, he performs on KCRW.

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Yann Tiersen On World Cafe

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The French multi-instrumentalist discusses the challenge of connecting his music to visual art.

Yann Tiersen On World Cafe

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Catherine Russell: An In-Studio Fresh Air Concert

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The standards singer's new solo album, Strictly Romancin', explores the ups and downs of love. Russell sings several tracks from the record during this interview and performance.

Catherine Russell: An In-Studio Fresh Air Concert

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Janiva Magness On World Cafe

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The blues singer talks about music informed by tragedy — and plays songs from her new album, Stronger For It, live in the studio.

Janiva Magness On World Cafe

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Vanessa Perez: A Rising Star From Venezuela

A new star out of the El Sistema program says that her goal in playing Chopin is valuing honesty over prettiness.

Vanessa Perez: A Rising Star From Venezuela

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Joachim Cooder On World Cafe

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The drummer and son of Ry Cooder performs songs from his "soundtrack without a film."

Joachim Cooder On World Cafe

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Neal Casal On World Cafe

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The veteran guitarist and member of The Cardinals plays songs from his album Sweeten the Distance.

Neal Casal On World Cafe

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Rodrigo Y Gabriela On World Cafe

On its new album, the fleet-fingered duo revisits its material with the aid of a 13-piece orchestra.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela On World Cafe

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Zeus On World Cafe

The Canadian band brings its '70s-inspired rock 'n' roll sound to a rollicking studio session.

Zeus on World Cafe

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