Ruthie Foster: A Soulful 'Truth'

KUT 90.5

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.

Ruthie Foster in Studio on KUT 1/26/09

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Classical Sessions

Auryn Quartet: Heavyweights In Boston

WGBH Radio

Haydn invented the string quartet. Then Beethoven boldly pushed it to brand-new places. Hear the Auryn Quartet play music by both composers at the WGBH radio studios.

Auryn Quartet: Heavyweights In Boston

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John Pizzarelli: Rodgers, Hart And The Gershwins, Too

KNKX Public Radio

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.

John Pizzarelli in Studio at KPLU 2/25/09

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Bonnie 'Prince' Billy: Cinematic Americana

WNYC Radio

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

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School Of Seven Bells: Reaching New Heights

KEXP

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.

School of Seven Bells in Studio on KEXP 11/25/08

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Asa: An Inauguration Day Special From Nigeria

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

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.

Fire On The Mountain

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New Jazz Composers Octet: The Elite Eight

WBGO

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.

The Turning Gate (David Weiss)

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Simone Dinnerstein Plays Bach Old And New

American Public Media

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

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El Guincho: Hypnotic Dance Music

KEXP

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.

El Guincho in Studio on KEXP 11/24/08

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Michael Franti And Spearhead: Rebels, Relaxed

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

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.

A Little Bit of Riddim

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