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Host Marian McPartland calls Dearie an "incandescent singer and pianist" whose "delicate, swinging style makes every song a musical gem." The vocalist and pianist died this past year of natural causes. Piano Jazz remembers her life and music in an archival interview and performance.
As one of the most influential dance-music artists of the last 20 years, Moby brought electronic beats to mainstream audiences across America and the U.K. His combination of poppy disco beats, imaginative samples and occasional punk guitars earned him huge popularity. Hear Moby perform the never-before-heard song "One Time We Lived" in this session from World Cafe.
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, stars of the hit 2007 movie Once, recently sat down with NPR's Melissa Block. Now performing as The Swell Season, they discuss their new album (Strict Joy), perform two songs and surprise each other with new revelations about a song's meaning.
Since 1965, Lewis has recorded more than 80 albums, but only recently launched a new career as a composer. Still, he believes in the standards. In a session from Jazz24, the pianist performs one of his original compositions and covers a song by The Beatles.
Session Spotlight: Ramsey Lewis Performs 'Clouds In Reverie'
The production duo behind Britney Spears' "Toxic" has added a member to become the band Miike Snow. The Swedish group's cool electro-pop is instantly accessible. Hear the group in a session on World Cafe.
Ndegeocello recently returned with her eighth studio album, Devil's Halo. During a recent performance in NPR's Studio 4A, the German-born neo-soul star sat down with host Michel Martin to play songs from her new album, talk about her career and address the stands she's taken in the music industry.
What happens when a passionate love of rock 'n' roll meets a nostalgic obsession with America's pastime? The Baseball Project's Volume One: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails should give you a good idea. Hear the group in a session on World Cafe.
The Baseball Project At The Bat
Choir of Young Believers performs a session at Cutting Room Studios.
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With the help of Cutting Room Studios, KEXP had to move into a tiny studio for this live CMJ broadcast. It turned out to be a blessing: Choir of Young Believers' every haunting sound and whisper was captured in an intimate, unforgettable session.
Choir of Young Believers In Studio At KEXP 10/23/09
Best known as a prominent player in Drive-By Truckers, Hood has reinvented himself as a solo singer-songwriter. His new album is full of dark and creepily stirring guitars and compelling story-songs. Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs) is far more intimate than his previous works. Hear him perform a session from World Cafe.
Patterson Hood: Driving Solo
Members of Sweet Honey in the Rock perform with The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in Hope Boykin's Go in Grace.
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McKeown has quietly assembled an impressive musical resume in the past 10 years. Filled with great creativity and artistic diversity, McKeown's latest album, Hundreds of Lions, showcases her musically adventurous spirit. Hear a session from WFUV.
A former child prodigy, Bonamassa began playing guitar at age 7, and soon caught the attention of B.B. King. At 12, Bonamassa was opening shows for the blues icon and would later support the likes of Buddy Guy and Gregg Allman. In the decades since, Bonamassa has gained a reputation as one of his generation's great blues players. Hear him in a session on World Cafe.
A self-described news junkie, singer Corey Glover has long kept his lyrics extremely topical. In a session from WNYC's Soundcheck, his hard-rock band Living Colour addressed both long-suffering Hurricane Katrina victims and the final moments before Sept. 11.
Living Colour In Studio On WNYC's Soundcheck 9/11/09
Mead's warm high-register voice lends intimacy and warmth to Almost and Always, a quiet and soulful exploration of post-marital life. Performed with the backing of woodwinds and a string quartet, Mead experiments with richly ornamented melodies. Hear him in a session on World Cafe.
The son of the late reggae king Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley has filled his father's shoes in more ways than just musical success. Ziggy's humanitarian work, combined with his impressive musical career, have given the singer worldwide recognition.