Studio Sessions Musicians 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.

Studio Sessions

Alan (left) and Marilyn Bergman. David Livingston/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption David Livingston/Getty Images

Marilyn And Alan Bergman On Piano Jazz

Host Marian McPartland accompanies the renowned lyricists and songwriters on "The Way We Were" and "Nice 'n' Easy."

Marilyn And Alan Bergman In The Studio

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/389479667/389480220" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Nellie McKay. David Kogut/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption David Kogut/Courtesy of the artist

Nellie McKay On Song Travels

McKay and host Michael Feinstein team up for "Pennies from Heaven" and "The Nearness of You," and she performs her original "Beneath the Underdog."

Nellie McKay In The Studio

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/389478030/389478513" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Steve Earle performs live on KEXP. Dave Lichterman/KEXP hide caption

toggle caption Dave Lichterman/KEXP

Steve Earle, 'King Of The Blues' (Live)

KEXP

Watch the Texas singer-songwriter pay tribute to the blues artists who preceded and inspired him.

Jackie Cain. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

Jackie Cain On Piano Jazz

Cain lends her smooth, feathery voice to "Wait 'Til You See Her" and "You Don't Know What Love Is."

Jackie Cain In The Studio

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/387781407/387782262" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

M.C. Taylor leads Hiss Golden Messenger through a live set at WAMU's studio. Rhiannon Newman/WAMU hide caption

toggle caption Rhiannon Newman/WAMU

Hiss Golden Messenger, 'Blue Country Mystic' (Live)

WAMU's Bandwidth

M.C. Taylor and his band perform one of the finest songs in Hiss Golden Messenger's growing discography, live in WAMU's studios in Washington, D.C.

Bass Drum Of Death performs live on KEXP. Morgen Schuler/KEXP hide caption

toggle caption Morgen Schuler/KEXP

Bass Drum Of Death, 'Get Found' (Live)

KEXP

The Mississippi garage-punk band figuratively tears down the walls as part of a groundbreaking ceremony at KEXP's new space.

Valerie June performs live at Pickathon 2014. Liz Devine/opbmusic hide caption

toggle caption Liz Devine/opbmusic

Valerie June, 'Workin' Woman Blues' (Live)

opbmusic.org

The captivating singer performs a plaintive blues-folk lament in the woods at Pickathon.

René Marie. Joe Boggess/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Joe Boggess/Courtesy of the artist

René Marie On 'Song Travels'

Marie pays tribute to the late Eartha Kitt by performing "C'est si bon" and "My Heart Belongs to Daddy."

René Marie In The Studio

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/385999818/386001623" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Eartha Kitt. Amy Sussman/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Eartha Kitt On Piano Jazz

In 1993, Kitt and McPartland perform a stirring version of "God Bless the Child" and wind up the hour with the seductively swinging "You'd Be So Nice to Come to Home To."

Eartha Kitt In The Studio

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/98737624/385998929" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Natasha Kmeto performs live for Audioasis on KEXP. Alan Lawrence/KEXP hide caption

toggle caption Alan Lawrence/KEXP

Natasha Kmeto, 'Inevitable' (Live)

KEXP

it's hard not to be moved by Kmeto's intricate, confessional, visceral, meticulously produced music.

Joe Sample. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

Joe Sample On Piano Jazz

The late pianist, composer and Jazz Crusader visited the program in 2005, showcasing his genre-spanning touch in standards and his original tune "Carmel."

Joe Sample In The Studio

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/384318276/384320308" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Eric Hutchinson. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of the artist

Eric Hutchinson On 'Song Travels'

The singer-songwriter tackles "Tracks of My Tears" in a session with host Michael Feinstein.

Listen: Eric Hutchinson On 'Song Travels'

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/217232126/217131599" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">