Uncle Earl is an all-star, all-female string band, with songs ranging from high-energy fiddle tunes and dance numbers to haunting, ancient ballads. Hear Uncle Earl play a concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.
Uncle Earl in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 08/30/2007
Kurt Elling's expressive, flexible baritone with a four-octave range can fly over horn lines, caress a love song, or recite poetry. The tenor performs on stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Bruce Hornsby, Deborah Cox, the Carl Allen and Rodney Whitaker Quintet and Eldar joined more than a dozen artists for three days of live music at New York City's City Hall Park. Hear concerts by all four artists from NPR station WBGO. Saturday Afternoon Jazz's Monifa Brown hosts.
Already a superstar in Ireland, the folk-rock singer-songwriter and Idaho native is finally getting the recognition in America that he deserves. Hear Ritter play new songs while performing a concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.
Josh Ritter in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 08/24/2007
Massenet's Werther is thrilling, tuneful, and one of the saddest operas ever composed — it ends with a suicide on Christmas Eve. Tenor Neil Shicoff stars in the title role, in a recent production at the Vienna State Opera.
An orchestra of steel drum students from Paris with their teacher, world music star Andy Narell, perform a once-in-a-lifetime set. They stir up colorful, shimmering sounds with amazing heart. Jacques Schwartzbart is special guest on saxophone.
The budding alt-pop icons bring their decidedly different sounds to WXPN's daytime concert series. Wainwright recently released the grandiose, theatrical Release the Stars, while Case shows up on The New Pornographers' forthcoming Challengers.
Rufus Wainwright in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 08/17/2007
Full-bore, Italian "verismo" meets the American frontier, in Puccini's Girl of the Golden West, from Glimmerglass Opera. Minnie is a golden-hearted woman serving a Deadwood-style mining camp as everyman's sister, teacher, mother and sweetheart — until a mysterious stranger comes to town, and she falls in love with the wrong guy.
Roger Honeywell with "Ch'ella mi creda libero" at Glimmerglass Opera.
This JazzSet is the second of two "Big River" concerts, both organized by pianist Peter Martin (pictured). The music flowed and so did the money for flood relief. This program present a New Orleans style musical embrace with Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Victor Goines, Herlin Riley and others.
Big River Concert at Chicago's Symphony Center on JazzSet
The Australian band Crowded House recorded some of the most appealing pop-rock singles of the late '80s and early '90s, before breaking up in 1996. Now reunited, the band headlines a concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia, with opener Joan as Police Woman.
Crowded House in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 08/10/2007
Stephen Harke's new opera The Greater Good portrays a clash between the classes — but it's hard to tell which class is which when high-brow aristrocrats resort to decidedly low-brow behavior. The provocative, world premiere production comes from Glimmerglass Opera.
Christian McBride is guest host as Dee Dee Bridgewater takes the stage on JazzSet at the 2006 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Trombonist Sarah Morrow opens the show. Hear the concert recorded by JazzSet.
Canadian twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin began performing together at an early age, moving from high-school punk bands to widespread exposure for their pop-informed folk-punk sound. Hear Tegan and Sara perform a concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.
Tegan and Sara in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 08/03/2007
Fun-loving, strong-willed bassist Christian McBride can play anything he wants, and he likes to "mess with the jazz fans." McBride performs with his band at the Kennedy Center in concert recorded by JazzSet.
Christian McBride Band at the Kennedy Center on JazzSet