Studio SessionsMusicians perform and discuss their work in the studios of NPR and NPR Music station partners. Live music sessions, interviews, and the best new songs in rock, pop, folk, classical, jazz, blues, urban, and world music. Watch video sessions.
The Internet has been revolutionary for connecting musicians with their fans. But new companies like eJamming AUDiiO and Indaba Music are developing technology for online collaborations — between musicians.
Taj Mahal's new album, Maestro, celebrates an illustrious career, mingling original work with genre classics and songs written by some of the many artists he's influenced, including Ben Harper, Ziggy Marley and Los Lobos. Hear a session from WXPN.
Detroit-born pianist, composer and university professor Geri Allen is a musician of great depth and creativity. Allen's compositional skills are on display as she plays her own tune "Avatar," and she gets together with host Marian McPartland for Charlie Parker's "Another Hairdo."
The trombonist spends the majority of his time on the road, playing to sold out crowds around the world in Michael Buble's band. On his own, he writes futuristic-sounding instrumental jazz. Hear the promising young composer's works in a session from WGBO.
This week, a look back to some excellent music-making from past shows, where a 13-year-old violinist with an affinity for engineering plays Kreisler and four top trombonists slide into an ear-catching contemporary work This show originally aired on October 17, 2007
Moving away from the wholesome-sounding Americana of his previous work, Dennen's Hope for the Hopeless is a much heavier collection marked by finger-snapping grooves. He shares new songs and talks about his non-profit work in a session from WXPN.
The blues-guitar legend lets loose on his new record, Skin Deep, a collection of all-original material with slash-and-burn solos aplenty. In a session for WXPN, Guy reminisces about his musical roots in Louisiana and rise to fame in Chicago's West Side.
For a good singer, automatic tuning software tidies up off-key and wrong notes. It can even make you sound like a robot — or at least like R&B singer T-Pain. But what could it do for Weekend Edition host Liane Hansen?
For Speak Low, blue-eyed-soul legend Boz Scaggs had a sound in mind long before recording his interpretation of jazz standards. But the concept was blurry until he pinpointed the instrumentation: a combination of strings, horns and vibes.
Former Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn took a break from his newest band, The Baseball Project, to record Crossing Dragon Bridge. Seeking inspiration, he traveled far from his New York City apartment to Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he crafted an album that sounds unlike anything he's done before.
Appleton, Wis., provides a lot of material for Cory Chisel: It's the childhood home of Harry Houdini, and it's surrounded by small towns, bigger lakes, paper mills and vast stretches of rural landscape. The singer-songwriter plays music inspired by the seemingly normal town, and talks about a music scene that takes a lot of pride in itself.
Poetic young pianist Roberto Plano uncovers the layers of bittersweet emotion in a set of Impromptus written by Franz Schubert near the end of his short life. Plano performs for a live studio audience at WGBH in Boston.
When his contract to a major record label went down with the ship, acoustic soul singer Eric Hutchinson hit the road to generate his own exposure — and, in the end, wound up self-releasing his debut. Hutchinson plays his material in a session from WXPN.
From the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado, a gifted flutist embraces a Swiss ballade, a 16-year-old violinist tosses off a devilish sonata and a 14-year-old pianist tackles Liszt's Mephisto Waltz.
Best known for her work on the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, Torrini returns with a comparatively bare-bones record with trip-hop flourishes. She performs material from Me and Armini in a session from WXPN.