Foster starts out her KUT session by reaching back to her roots with a Sister Rosetta Tharpe song. It sets the mood for a soulful performance and conversation with the modern blues singer and guitarist, who looks beyond the folk tradition for which she's become known.
Many say the Great American Songbook is coming back, but Pizzarelli says it never went away. Right off the bat, he scatted along to his lightning-fast guitar work on "I Got Rhythm," the popular Gershwin tune, in a session from Jazz24.
A man of many monikers, the ever-prolific Will Oldham is set to release a new album as Bonnie "Prince" Billy. He recently visited WNYC's Soundcheck, where he impressed the staff with his musicality — and, it turns out, his knowledge of old Westerns.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy in Studio on WNYC Soundcheck - 01/12/2009
On record, School of Seven Bells has a thick, layered sound, but in KEXP's studios, the Brooklyn trio stripped down to two acoustic guitars and a keyboard. The songs took on a warm, intimate feel with the otherworldly harmonies of the Deheza twins filling the air.
On the day Barack Obama was sworn into office, WFUV's Rita Houston watched the ceremony — and then welcomed a guest into the studio. The singer-songwriter Asa, raised in Paris and Lagos, had just performed her first concert in the U.S., and was set to sing in studio.
There aren't a lot of octets in jazz. But since 1996, a collective ensemble has been developing its own ambitious brand of jazz articulation, often with the late Freddie Hubbard. Here, the New Jazz Composers Octet performs recently commissioned works at WBGO's Newark studios.
Two years ago, the Brooklyn-based pianist launched her career with a top-selling Bach CD. In the Performance Today studios, she presents more from the master, as well as a new set of variations on a Bach melody.
Hear Dinnerstein Play Bach In The 'Performance Today' Studio
Is it possible to feel sad listening to El Guincho? On a cold winter day in Seattle, when Pablo Diaz-Reixa (a.k.a. El Guincho) brought his Tropicalia-inspired rhythms to KEXP, it was as if the studio had been transformed into a warm beach in his native Canary Islands.
A winter chill in New York City couldn't temper the genre-blending group's mellow attitude and natural charisma. In a recent trip to WFUV's studios, activist and frontman Franti led his band into an interview and studio performance.
O'Brien is a folksinger who isn't afraid to stray from tradition now and again. From his days in Hot Rize until now, he's become a force in roots music as a songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist and more. Here, he shares music from his latest, Chameleon, in a session from Folk Alley.
Tim Crane has clearly learned from the masters of old-school blues, funk and soul. But it was only after a little original research — touring the U.S. by train — that he decided to move to Austin. He now leads one of the city's newest and baddest soul outfits.
Appearing with members of Beirut and The National, Shugo Tokumaru performed his first-ever studio session this past fall at KEXP. The Japanese guitarist spoke through a translator and played his eccentric style of experimental pop music.
She would be the last person to complain about her success. But under the folk-pop veneer of The Indigo Girls, Ray is a punk-rocker who revels in edgier styles. She visits WFUV's Studio A for an interview and solo performance of songs from her latest album.
Lionel Gilles Loueke (GIL), Ferenc Nemeth (FE) and Massimo Biolcati (MA) form the core of Gilfema, a cross-border collaboration with a jazz foundation. In a session from WBGO, the band displays an egalitarian aesthetic rooted in finding common ground as musicians.