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He can play the horn. He can sing. And that's made him the latest musical star of a great New Orleans tradition. But Trombone Shorty mainly just wants you to dance: "I know you came here to move," he sings to an office full of NPR staff.
Three of today's top jazz vocalists keep open lines to singer-songwriter folk and modern R&B. Together, Rebecca Martin, Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens sing and strum their trio arrangements of original tunes and select covers.
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The improvising cellist has explored jazz with his New York-based trio for years. For his latest project, he adds a slide guitar, all the better to take in the down-home flavors of the American South. The quartet performs live.
Beirut arrived at the NPR Music offices dusty and exhausted following a weekend at Bonnaroo in Tennessee. But after some much-needed showers, the band brought infectious joy to its short set behind the Tiny Desk.
The Olivia Tremor Control live at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.
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The singer-songwriter brings his booming voice and a succession of ever-louder acoustic-guitar set-ups to the NPR Music offices. And, for good measure, he tells a story about survivalism that'll renew your faith in indoor living.
Taken individually, each tune on Diego Garcia's album Laura is lovely. But listen to each song in sequence and it's even better, like a good book: The sum is greater than the parts. Watch Garcia perform songs from Laura at the NPR Music offices.
As CALLmeKAT, Katrine Ottosen produces airy, synth-infused pop that pairs melancholy sentiment with sparse melodies. Watch the singer perform a hauntingly beautiful Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.