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Ramsey Lewis: Opening Jazz To All

KNKX Public Radio

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'

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Choir Of Young Believers: Stripped Bare At CMJ

KEXP

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

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Erin McKeown Lets Out The 'Lions'

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

McKeown has quietly assembled an impressive musical resume in the past 10 years. Filled with great creativity and artistic diversity, McKeown's latest album, Hundreds of Lions, showcases her musically adventurous spirit. Hear a session from WFUV.

Erin McKeown In Studio On WFUV 9/24/09

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Bill Bernstein

Living Colour: Getting 'Behind The Sun'

WNYC Radio

A self-described news junkie, singer Corey Glover has long kept his lyrics extremely topical. In a session from WNYC's Soundcheck, his hard-rock band Living Colour addressed both long-suffering Hurricane Katrina victims and the final moments before Sept. 11.

Living Colour In Studio On WNYC's Soundcheck 9/11/09

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Dan Stack

Untying 'The Knot' With Wye Oak

KUT 90.5

For a duo, Wye Oak sure is busy. Andy Stack alone plays drums, keyboards and loops and sings into a Vocoder — all at once. Blending shoegazer pop and Americana, Wye Oak interjects bursts of distortion in a session from KUT.

Wye Oak In Studio On KUT

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Vieux Farka Toure: Acoustic At Bumbershoot

KEXP

As the son of legendary desert blues guitarist Ali Farka Toure, Vieux had big shoes to fill. But the younger performer has found his own voice, which builds on the traditions of his father while moving in a blues-rock direction. Hear an acoustic set recorded at KEXP's Bumbershoot Music Lounge.

Vieux Farka Toure At The Bumbershoot Music Lounge 9/7/09

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Shervin Lainez

Jenny Owen Youngs: Truly Unconventional

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Youngs is an electrifying young performer whose songs evoke everything from '80s pop to a few Ennio Morricone-style Spaghetti Western guitar licks. Hear her and her band play a smart, funny and quirky session from WFUV.

Jenny Owen Youngs In Studio On WFUV 5/27/09

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Dafnis Prieto Si O Si: Kaleidoscopic Clave

WBGO

Dafnis Prieto came to New York from Cuba more than a decade ago. He needed very little time to scare the pants off most drummers in jazz and Afro-Cuban music. In a session from WBGO, Prieto superimposes the clave over the role of each member of the Si O Si Quartet.

Dafnis Prieto Si O Si Quartet In Studio On WBGO's The Checkout 9/2/09

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McCoy Tyner: A Legend, Solo At The Piano

KNKX Public Radio

Perhaps no other living jazz pianist has as impressive a resume as Tyner. He began his professional career with Benny Golson and quickly found himself in the legendary John Coltrane Quartet. In a session from Jazz24, Tyner performs a solo version of Coltrane's "Naima."

McCoy Tyner In Studio On KPLU 9/18/09

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Rhythm Angels: Enchanting Americana

WKSU

With roots in Colorado and North Dakota, Rebecca Folsom and Celeste Krenz now call Nashville home. But the duo isn't tied to Music City — the Rhythm Angels are always on the road, spreading angelic Americana. Watch videos from their session at Folk Alley.

Rhythm Angels In Studio On Folk Alley

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