The three musicians that make up Medeski, Martin and Wood met in Brooklyn in the early '90s and instantly developed a rapport with each other that allowed them to make their own uniquely organic folk/jazz music.
Medeski, Martin & Wood in Studio on World Cafe - 04/28/2006
Since 1984, a group called Saffire has used boogie-woogie rhythms, saucy lyrics and quick-fire wit to bring back the long tradition of women in the blues. Saffire — The Uppity Blues Women perform at NPR's Washington studios.
When Tyler McCuan was a toddler, he took to hitting the notes of the piano at his grandfather's nursing home. By the time he was 6, Tyler was so enthralled with the piano that his parents decided to sign him up for lessons, which he took to immediately. The 15-year-old shows his talent in his performance of "Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Mvt. I Allegro" by Franz Joseph Haydn. This performance originally aired Dec. 13, 2006.
Pianist Captivated by Music Since He Was a Toddler
Soprano Stephanie Domingues started singing in a choir when she was eight years old. She is now a member of a professional opera company — the Canadian Opera Chorus in Toronto — and intends to pursue a career in opera. She performs "Ho sparse tante lagrime" by Francesco Morlacchi. This performance originally aired Dec. 13, 2006.
When Matar-Itai Batyonathan was a toddler living in Israel, he was fascinated by Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza. Matar's parents knew it was time to get him a guitar when he took to strumming a spaghetti strainer, pretending he was a guitarist. These days, the 15-year-old plays a real guitar. He performs "Variations on a Theme by George Frideric Handel" by Mauro Giuliani. This performance originally aired Dec. 13, 2006.
Ridge Davis, 16, started playing piano at the age of 6, and he practiced with such determination that his parents bought him a grand piano to encourage his interest. But he soon found himself captivated by the sound of the flute and decided that was the instrument for him. This performance originally aired Dec. 13, 2006.