Favorite Sessions Exclusive studio sessions recorded at public radio stations across the country.

KCRW Presents: Ben Howard

KCRW

Word of mouth spread quickly about Howard after a series of performances around his native U.K., and in this session from KCRW, you can see why. Watch him sing "Depth Over Distance".

KCRW Presents: Ane Brun

KCRW

The Norwegian-born, Sweden-based singer dances her way through a performance of her single, "Do You Remember," her hands waving in the air as if she were conducting the song.

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Christian McBride: The Bass Boss

Jazz24

Among early bebop musicians, Ray Brown was king of the bass. He mentored Christian McBride, and today, McBride is jazz's "go-to" bassist. While visiting KPLU, he performs with pianist Peter Martin.

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KCRW Presents: Kimbra

KCRW

Known for her hit collaboration with Gotye, Kimbra is only 22, but she already has everything it takes to become a huge success. Watch the New Zealand pop star perform "Come Into My Head."

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Gregoire Maret: Harmonica With Legs

WBGO

He's a restless creative spirit who can't keep still on stage, but now the jazz harmonica player has the recorded document to back up his reputation. Maret brings his quartet to WBGO to perform tunes from his self-titled debut album.

Gregoire Maret in Studio at WBGO

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Cold Specks: Singing The 'Graceful' Blues

KUT 90.5

Cold Specks' Al Spx visits KUT in Austin to discuss the origins of her band, her moniker and her debut album, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion. And, of course, she picks up her guitar to perform a few of her new songs.

Cold Specks Live At KUT

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KCRW Presents: Esperanza Spalding

KCRW

Spalding treated the Morning Becomes Eclectic crew to a full-band in-studio performance during a recent visit to Santa Monica. Watch Spalding and company perform "Smile Like That."

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Kept From Playing Piano, Vanessa Perez Pushes Through To Success

American Public Media

A rising Venezuelan pianist explains how she overcame her mother's fears to pursue her destiny. She shares music by Chopin, Villa-Lobos and Albeniz with us live from NPR's Studio 4A.

Kept From Playing Piano, Vanessa Perez Pushes Through To Success

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Jack DeJohnette And Friends: Miles On Their Minds

Jazz24

Veteran drummer Jack DeJohnette stops by the Jazz24 studios in Seattle, to perform a studio session with two longtime collaborators: pianist Chick Corea and bassist Stanley Clarke.

Jack DeJohnette And Friends: Miles On Their Minds

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KCRW Presents: Father John Misty

KCRW

On his way into the studio, former Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman grabbed a photo of David Lynch off the walls — a fitting gesture to his surreal musical alter ego. Here, he performs on KCRW.