McKeown's vibrant mix of pop, swing, rock, folk and electronic music makes it difficult, if not foolish, to pigeonhole her within a single musical genre. In a recording career that began while she was still in college, the young singer has already released seven full-length studio albums, a pair of EPs and a studio disc. Hear McKeown perform live in concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
Erin McKeown, Recorded Live In Concert
In a concert from the Monterey Jazz Festival, Jamie Cullum links Gene Kelly's "Singin' in the Rain" to Rihanna's "Umbrella."
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At Monterey, Cullum links Gene Kelly's "Singin' in the Rain" to Rihanna's "Umbrella," segues from Cole Porter to Jimi Hendrix, delivers a personal manifesto on a Charles Mingus riff, leaps off the piano into the air and never lets his audience down.
Hear the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, in concert at Jordan Hall, with a hair-raising performance of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, as well as surprisingly offbeat music by two of his contemporaries.
Classically trained hip-hop and pop veteran John Forte blends sleek rhythms and catchy hooks, in the process turning some difficult life experiences into introspective, ultimately uplifting music. Hear Forte perform live in concert from WXPN in Philadelphia.
John Forte, Recorded Live In Concert
Twi Harper performs at the 2009 High Zero Festival.
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Running on fumes and spicy palak paneer, Lars Gotrich took in the last night of free-form expression at the High Zero Festival in Baltimore, Md. Download two sets, including a solo performance by analog electronics wiz Twig Harper.
A Love Supreme, by John Coltrane and his powerful quartet, remains a towering and seemingly untouchable jazz classic. But the virtuosic genre-benders in the Turtle Island Quartet have done it justice, re-working the seminal album for strings and winning a Grammy for their trouble. They perform a live version on this week's JazzSet.
Turtle Island String Quartet in Concert on JazzSet
High Zero is the premier showcase for spontaneous sound, pitting Baltimore improvisers with international veterans. Download reviewer Lars Gotrich's favorite set of the weekend featuring a curious quintet of two basses, two drummers and electronics.
Lap-steel guitar and hip-hop beats don't often mix, but Philadelphia's Mike "Slo-Mo" Brenner defies convention, bringing them together seamlessly. With songs that straddle the lines separating hip-hop, Americana, folk and pop, his songs are rooted in catchy hooks and breezy grooves. Hear Slo-Mo and rapper Mic Wrecka perform live in concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
At the first University of Central Florida Jazz Festival, the sextet One for All gives UCF students a great demo of the three-horn-and-rhythm-section style made so popular by Art Blakey and His Jazz Messengers, who named their last CD One for All.
The young Dutch violinist was once known as much for her good looks as for her good playing. Today, she turns heads with a fearless approach to music and excellent technique. Hear Jansen play Tchaikovsky's classic Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.