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.
From her earliest musical experiences, pianist Tammy Hall immersed herself in jazz, gospel, and classical music. Now, she has become one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most in-demand musicians. Hear an interview and performance.
The British blues-rock trio brings to mind the work of Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and John Mayall — which is especially impressive given that its members are all in their 20s. Hear an interview and in-studio performance.
Earle's marriage to Allison Moorer two years ago and his move to New York City have resulted in Washington Square Serenade, which the roots-rock icon calls a collection of love songs to his wife and his new home. Hear an interview and in-studio performance.
From New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston, From the Top's creative young musicians include an 11-year-old crackerjack violinist performing a showpiece by Sarasate, a prizewinning 18-year old composer with a beautiful romantic string quintet, and a free-spirited flutist who cooks up a tasty musical and culinary offering. This program originally aired on Mar. 21, 2007
Led by singer-songwriter Mark Eitzel, American Music Club lives up to its name by mixing very different types of American music. When it began in 1982, the band characterized what would become "slowcore," a style marked by its crawling pace. Hear an interview and performance.
American Music Club in Studio on World Cafe 2/27/08
Les Savy Fav plays loud, angular, hard-hitting rock. The oft-shirtless Tim Harrington writhes, screams, and whispers his educated and poetic lyrics at the audience as if he's possessed. Somehow, this all translates into a funny and chaotic in-studio performance on KEXP.
Calling to mind early Radiohead, the Irish band Bell X1 crafts melodic, radio-friendly pop. Flock topped the Irish album charts in 2005, but it's only just been reissued in the U.S., with an ambitious tour to follow. Hear an interview and performance.
The language of jazz has many poets. Drummer Kendrick Scott is one of the genre's most promising young wordsmiths. The 2008 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer award-winner gives a performance with his group, Oracle, and an interview with WBGO.
Mike Doughty is likely best known as the former frontman of Soul Coughing, the "deep slacker jazz" group spawned in 1992. Since the band's break-up, Doughty has built a strong following as a solo artist. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.
She doesn't really sing flamenco, or at least not just flamenco. But after the runaway success of her last album, Diana Navarro does lead a generation of artists who are transforming Spain's traditional music. She performs live in studio.