Jazz today is blessed with many extraordinary trumpeters. We have two (Terell Stafford and Wallace Roney), as well as Christian McBride's trumpet-free band playing a Miles Davis blues piece, this week on JazzSet.
Encouraged by singer-songwriter Amos Lee, Ahn left her childhood home in Pennsylvania to pursue her music across the country in California. She brings her dreamy, imaginative roots-pop to a live performance on Mountain Stage.
Steeped in the same Texas tradition as Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and Ray Wylie Hubbard, songwriter Hayes Carll specializes in clever humor, which abounds in both his songs and his stage banter. Here, he performs songs from his latest album, Trouble in Mind.
Born nearly 100 years apart, Mozart and Mahler shared a knack for writing transcendent music under stress. Live from the Mostly Mozart Festival, hear Mozart's 40th Symphony, filled with pride and pain, and Mahler's ode to eternity, The Song of the Earth.
Still in his 20s, the Nashville pop singer performs songs from his new album, accompanies himself on piano, showcases his iPhone on drum programming and converts the Mountain Stage audience into his own backing band.
Recorded at Atlanta's historic Fox Theater on July 5, Waits delivers a stunning and epic two-and-a-half hour performance, including songs he says he's never attempted outside of the studio before. Backing Waits is a five-piece group featuring Seth Ford-Young (upright bass), Patrick Warren (keyboards), Omar Torrez (guitars), Vincent Henry (woodwinds) and Casey Waits (drums and percussion). "They play with racecar precision and they are all true conjurers," Waits says. "They are all multi-instrumentalists and they polka like real men."
The lead singer of the platinum-selling band The Wallflowers recently released his first solo record, Seeing Things. Dylan and his backing band, The Gold Mountain Rebels, show off the album's acoustic approach live on Mountain Stage.
Creative pairings of top-flight artists, including the Herbie Hancock quintet, once again filled the program at the Newport Jazz Festival, webcast live from NPR Music and WBGO. Hear the archived broadcasts below.
Just when it seemed to be permanently defunct, the British space-rock group Spiritualized returned with its first album since 2003, Songs in A&E. The band is touring in support of the disc, and lands at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club on July 25 for a live concert, webcast on NPR.org.
In recent months, Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Mutlu has begun to attract a national audience for his appealing blend of soul, reggae, hip-hop, and Brazilian jazz. Hear him perform live in concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
Hear Handel at the height of his powers, as he sets the conflicts among love, war, and backstabbing politics to gorgeous music. It's a production of Julius Caesar from the stage of the Metropolitan Theatre of Lausanne, Switzerland.
The Irish singer, discovered while busking on the streets of Dublin, is a best-selling recording artist in his homeland. He brings songs from his hit Addicted to Company to the U.S., playing a stripped-down set for Mountain Stage.
Charles Mingus' monumental masterpiece "Epitaph" never saw the light of day during his lifetime. But the tempestuous jazz legend left his ambitious score to be discovered by new generations. Hear the full piece, a 2 1/2-hour affair for 31 musicians.
The facile finger-picker can apply his stamp to ragged blues plaints and folky instrumentals alike. It's no surprise that the indie-rock group Band of Horses asked Ramsey to come along on tour — as both its opening act and as its new guitarist.
Allyson keeps enormously busy on the road and in the studio. This summer and fall, she's in Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Europe, and Turkey, as well as all over the U.S. If you ask her where she started to put it all together, she'd surely say Kansas City. Here, she performs from the city's Repertory Theater with her band.