Concerts Performances from today's top artists, filmed at venues and festivals across the country.

Joshua Redman, 'Back East' at Blues Alley

Joshua Redman nearly became a lawyer, but the pull of jazz was stronger. Redman's father was the famous saxophonist Dewey Redman, and the sounds of jazz inspired him to take up the sax himself at age 10.

Joshua Redman, 'Back East' at Blues Alley

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The Joshua Redman Trio

Saxophonist Joshua Redman has been the darling of jazz critics for more than a decade. With bassist Reuben Rogers and percussionist Ali Jackson Jr., he performs an improvisational set of bebop, blues and Broadway at Zankel Hall.

Hoots and Hellmouth in Concert

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Not quite folk or alt-country, but more than just a rock group, Philadelphia's Hoots & Hellmouth crafts fiery, cathartic roots-rock that the band describes as "new music for old souls." Hear Hoots & Hellmouth perform a concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

Hoots & Hellmouth in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 05/25/2007

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'The Daughter of the Regiment'

The Daughter of the Regiment, from the Vienna State opera, features some of the world's finest voices — both singing, and speaking! Soprano Natalie Dessay sings the title character opposite the brilliant tenor Juan Diego Florez, and renowned soprano Montserrat Caballe makes a surprise appearance in the speaking role of the Duchess of Crackentorp.

Stefon Harris Quartet in Concert in New York

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Vibraphonist Stefon Harris' new album African Tarantella: Dances with Duke features music from Duke Ellington's 1970 "The New Orleans Suite" and "The Queen's Suite." Harris' Quartet performs those songs well as his own compositions in a full concert recorded for JazzSet.

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Andrew Bird in Concert

Andrew Bird makes the kind of music that leaves critics groping for labels. A classically trained violinist, former swing jazz musician and now art rock virtuoso, Bird is one of the most imaginative and distinctive voices making music today. Hear Bird in a full concert, recorded live from Washington, D.C.

Andrew Bird in Concert on All Songs Considered - 05/20/2007

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Slo-Mo in Concert

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Lap-steel guitar and hip-hop beats don't often mix, but Slo-Mo brings them together, straddling the lines separating hip-hop, Americana, folk and pop, with catchy hooks and breezy grooves. Slo-Mo performs a concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

Slo-Mo in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 05/18/2007

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Verdi's 'Il Trovatore'

Verdi's Il Trovatore has a truly outlandish story, but its music has made it one of the most popular of all the composer's great operas. World of Opera presents it in a production from Houston Grand Opera.

An Audio Introduction to 'Idomeneo'

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Terence Blanchard in Concert at Jazz Fest

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Terence Blanchard was born in New Orleans — a place where it means something to take up the trumpet. The trumpeter honors the legacy of jazz legend Louis Armstrong at the 2007 University of Michigan Jazz Festival recorded by JazzSet.

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Singer/Songwriter Tim Finn in Concert

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Finn has been writing charming, piano-driven pop and rock music for nearly three decades, both as a solo act and as leader of the new-wave/art-rock band Split Enz. Finn performs a concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

Singer/Songwriter Tim Finn in Concert

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Delibes's 'Lakme'

The familiar hit tune from Delibes' Lakme, the "Flower Duet," has turned up everywhere from British Airways TV spots to promos for a family of golf courses, to cell phone ringtones.

'Lakme,' by Leo Delibes

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Benny Golson All-Stars and Joe Zawinul in Concert

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From the 2006 North Sea Jazz Festival, saxophonist Benny Golson leads an all-star jam in honor of trumpet legend Clifford Brown. Keyboard synthesist Joe Zawinul, performing with the WDR Big Band, revisits the pioneering 1970s fusion collective Weather Report. Listen to both concerts recorded by JazzSet.

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Ben Gibbard Gives Solo Concert

As frontman for the Seattle rock band Death Cab for Cutie, and part of the electro-pop duo Postal Service, Ben Gibbard has won over legions of fans for his literate, bittersweet songwriting. Now Gibbard is embarking on a month-long solo tour. Hear him recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.

Ben Gibbard in Concert on All Songs Considered - 05/10/2007

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Modest Mouse in Concert

Hear the adventurous alt-rock band perform a concert from Philadelphia's Electric Factory.

Modest Mouse in Concert on WXPN - 05/05/2007

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Björk And Konono No. 1, Live In Concert

The two singular artists played together at the United Palace in New York in 2007. Listen to both concerts in their entirety.

Bjork in Concert on All Songs Considered - 05/05/2007

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