Singer Billy McCarthy and his band Pela put aside their high-voltage stage antics to introduce four new songs in a session from KEXP. But instead of what will inevitably end up as album versions, the group treated KEXP to acoustic arrangements.
Five years ago, vibraphonist and marimba player Stefon Harris started Blackout. It's a troupe of music mercenaries adept in the language of jazz, the strut of soul music and the raucous ruckus of breakbeats, go-go and new-jack rhythms. Hear Blackout bring swagger to modern jazz in a session from WBGO.
Hamelin doesn't like to be called a virtuoso, but his skills are hard to deny. Hear him indulge his two pianistic passions in the APM studio: making the treacherously difficult sound easy and uncovering pieces by little-known composers.
Hear Marc-Andre Hamelin At The Performance Today Studio
The Cardigans' Nina Persson also plays and records with a two-thirds Swedish trio inspired by wig powder, imperialism and the Bowery. She and her band sat down with Rita Houston to discuss Persson's affinity for David Bowie and Nicolai Dunger.
Monty Alexander not only loves jazz, but everything else. In fact, there isn't much music he doesn't like — blues, old pop songs, boogie-woogie, reggae, classical pieces, even cowboy songs. In a session with Jazz24, he even yodels when he talks about cowboy songs.
"Afropean" singer Marie Daulne is Zap Mama. She formed the group as an a cappella quintet in the late '80s, influenced by Central Asian pygmy music. But over the years, Daulne took on more members and transformed Zap Mama into a pan-global dance group. In a session from KEXP, the group performs new songs.
Hitchcock could be said to pick up where Syd Barrett left off: He's a master of slightly cracked, psychedelic pop whimsy. In a session from WFUV, he performs new material, including an as-yet-unreleased Peter Buck collaboration called "Propeller Time."
The young Israeli pianist has impressive technique, as well as a depth of insight that's rare for a 25-year-old. Kohlberg digs deep into the tangled mind and music of Robert Schumann for a studio audience at WGBH in Boston.
In a session from KEXP, Au Revoir Simone's members set the record straight: Their band name is a Pee-Wee's Big Adventure reference. They are from Brooklyn, not France. With that out of the way, the all-keyboard trio performs sweet melodies from its self-released album.
WFUV's New York City home is more than a thousand miles from New Orleans. But on a recent fine day, a favorite son of the Crescent City brought his city's sounds to the station's Studio-A piano. Throughout the session, pianist Allen Toussaint led the way down through the different "musics" of New Orleans.