The pianist has performed with legends such as Chet Baker and Lee Konitz and earned accolades from Pacific Northwest jazz publications. His playful variations and improvisations are often compared to Bill Evans. Hear an interview and performance recorded by KPLU.
The daughter of successful songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza is a third generation musician who grew up in Los Angeles knowing that her life would revolve around music. Hear the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter in an interview and performance from Folk Alley.
After three albums of energetic power-pop, Vancouver band The New Pornographers slows it down with Challengers. The group performs an acoustic set at the KEXP studios and tells host Cheryl Waters how it "flailed" through writing the new album.
In this live performance at KUT, the band performs a few songs and discusses its ascent from independent cult success to full-on pop stardom. Hear acoustic versions of songs from Rilo Kiley's new album, Under the Blacklight.
The Bad Plus' members bring comedy to their not-quite-jazz music, but they're also serious musicians. The trio records mainstream popular standards and '70s progressive rock with a sense of drama. Hear an interview and in-studio performance recorded by WBGO.
The singer, songwriter and producer's latest solo album, Civilians, returns to his rootsier sounds. It's a great complement to Mary Gauthier's new album, which Henry produced; she joins him on one song in this interview and studio performance from WFUV.
Animal Collective began by intersecting folk, noise, ambient drone and psychedelic music into an intriguing, sometimes frustrating mess. The band has progressed to a unified sound, but remains rooted in melody and weirdness. Hear an interview and performance from KEXP.
One of the most impressive jazz singers to emerge from the '90s, Karrin Allyson continues to wow audiences with her expressive voice. Her latest album, Footprints, earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Hear an interview and performance recorded by KPLU.
Pepe Romero is from the distinguished Romero family of guitarists from Spain, called "The Royal Family of the Guitar." In the WGBH studio, Romero plays music from his homeland and recalls waking each morning as a child to the sounds of his father's guitar.
The adventurous pianist is a throwback to classical musicians of the past who blurred the line between classical and popular music. O'Riley, inspired by his favorite pop artists such as Radiohead, transforms their songs into intricate piano solos.