Studio Sessions Musicians 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.

Mark Olson: Songs of Upheaval

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After ending his decade-long run in the successful alt-country band The Jayhawks, Olson moved to the country with then-wife Victoria Williams. Following their divorce, he spent 2006 recording his first true solo album: The Salvation Blues.

Mark Olson in Studio on World Cafe - 07/30/2007

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Don DiLego: Sounds of the '70s

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Influenced by DiLego's admiration for 1970s art, Photographs of 1971 features compressed guitars and a flat drum sound. The disc recaptures the rhythm of '70s movies and photographs, as well as DiLego's own distinct take on alt-country.

Don DiLego in Studio on World Cafe - 07/30/2007

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Northern Brazilian Tradition, New York Style

The forro music style is certainly not as well-known as bossa nova or samba. But for years, Forro in the Dark has given New Yorkers a unique spin on Northern Brazil's country music. Forro in the Dark visits Studio 4A for an interview and live performance.

Northern Brazilian Tradition, New York Style

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Sonny Rollins: Elder Statesman of Jazz

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Ranking with John Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins as one of the all-time great tenor sax players, jazz legend Sonny Rollins has been recording fiery, passionate and intelligent music for nearly 60 years. Hear Rollins give an interview and in-studio performance.

Sonny Rollins in Studio on World Cafe - 07/26/2007

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Andrew Bird: Songs from the 'Armchair'

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Andrew Bird incorporates string arrangements and intelligent lyrics into a batch of strong, alluring pop songs. The violinist, guitarist and songwriter joined David Dye, host of WXPN's World Cafe, for an interview and in-studio performance.

Christopher O'Riley's New Take on Nick Drake

From the Top host Chris O'Riley enjoys crafting his own piano transcriptions of tunes by his favorite pop musicians. Lately, his fascination has been the late British singer-songwriter Nick Drake. He plays Drake's song "Three Hours." This segment originally aired Apr. 18, 2007

Christopher O'Riley's New Take on Nick Drake

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Youth Chorus Inspires Young Singers

The 60-voice strong Cincinnati May Festival Youth Chorus, now in its 20th season, continues to motivate its young choristers. "Before joining the chorus I thought classical music was boring," Kara Cover admits. The chorus sings "Follow Your Saint" and "Follow Thy Fair Sun" by Virgil Thomson, and the spiritual "Saints Bound for Heaven." This segment originally aired Apr. 18, 2007

Youth Chorus Inspires Young Singers

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Teen Cellist takes up Harmonica and Skateboard

Christoph Sassmannshaus, 17, put down the cello for a year due to an injury. But that didn't stop him from playing music. He bought several harmonicas, discovered the blues, and continued with his favorite pastime—skateboarding. After recovery, Christoph began playing his cello for kids with specials needs. He plays "Prayer" by Ernest Bloch. This segment originally aired Apr. 18, 2007

Teen Cellist takes up Harmonica and Skateboard

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Preteen Pianist plays Hot and Cold

Kevin Bao is only 10, but he's already won piano competitions. Kevin says he tries to focus on the sage advice given to him by his teacher. "Playing piano requires a warm heart and a cool brain," he says. "When you have a warm heart you play expressively, but the cool brain keeps you focusing on your technical skills." Kevin plays "Variations on Theme of Paganini" by Isak Berkovich. This segment originally aired on Apr. 18, 2007

Preteen Pianist plays Hot and Cold

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Cincinnati Sax Players Produce 'Fresh Winds'

Teens in the saxophone trio Fresh Winds are regulars in the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, where they all sit in the back row. "We can get a little rowdy at times," explains Kraynak. Apropos to its humorous nature the group plays "The Lone Ar-ranger Goes Sax Mad!" by Philip R. Buttall. This segment originally aired Apr. 18, 2007

Cincinnati Sax Players Produce 'Fresh Winds'

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