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Frank Morgan On Piano Jazz

Saxophonist Frank Morgan led a life compelling enough for the big screen. A protege of Charlie Parker, Morgan took a dark turn that led to drugs, prison and, ultimately, redemption through music.

Peter Moren: A 'Tycoon' All His Own

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Moren plays songs from his debut solo album, The Last Tycoon. Better known as one-third of the critically acclaimed trio Peter Bjorn and John, Moren favors a folksy approach over the meticulous pop of his main band.

Peter Moren in Studio on World Cafe 5/29/08

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Many Swedes: Lykke Li, El Perro Del Mar, More

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Sweden is home to some of the most exciting pop music around. In a special session with host David Dye, World Cafe features three emerging artists: Lykke Li, El Perro del Mar, and Anna Ternheim.

Lykke Li, El Perro Del Mar, Anna Ternheim in Studio on World Cafe 5/29/08

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Gary Louris: Sideman in the Spotlight

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Despite his high profile and popularity in the industry, the former Jayhawks singer-songwriter has a low-key, almost shy demeanor. The alt-country pioneer performs songs from his first solo CD, Vagabonds, in an interview and performance on WFUV.

Gary Louris in Studio on WFUV 4/2/08

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Ray Bonneville: True-to-Life Troubadour

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Bonneville's songs are full of characters who stumble their way through a rough-and-tumble world of violence, hope, and despair. In four videos from Folk Alley, Bonneville stomps his cowboy boots on a piece of wood and tells his stories.

Shawn Phillips: A World of Folk Music

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When he began in the early '70s, Phillips offered a rare combination: He's both a talented musician and a stand-out vocalist. Phillips has always stayed one step ahead of the curve, while remaining just below the radar. He plays old and new songs in a session from WXPN.

Shawn Phillips in Studio on World Cafe 5/28/08

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Mates of State Rock the 'BPP' Jukebox

Dropping a quarter in the 'BPP' Jukebox to hear another song from the married duo.

Mates of State Rock the 'BPP' Jukebox

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Mates of State 'Re-Arrange Us,' to Excellent Effect

In the past eight years, Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel have made five albums, married and had two children. The pair, who record as Mates of State, stop by the Bryant Park Project studios to play from their new album, Re-Arrange Us.

Mates of State 'Re-Arrange Us,' to Excellent Effect

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David Ford Sings 'Songs for the Road'

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A bright young storyteller with a mesmerizing stage presence, English singer-songwriter David Ford has released two albums of dark, dramatic rock that brings to mind the works of Damien Rice, among others. Hear Ford in an interview and performance from WXPN.

David Ford in Studio on World Cafe 5/27/08

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Student Jazz Singers of Howard University

Nine music majors at Washington, D.C.'s Howard University are also part of the schools vocal jazz ensemble AfroBlue. Michele Norris talks with the group's director, Connaitre Miller, and listens as the students demonstrate "crunchy" harmonies on a familiar tune, as well as some smooth chords on a cappella versions of "Surrey with a Fringe on Top" and "Sometimes I'm Happy."

Student Jazz Singers of Howard University

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Joe Jackson Returns with 'Rain'

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For 30 years, the English singer-songwriter has helped define and redefine pop, rock, alternative, and new-wave music, when he's not delving extensively into classical composition. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.

Joe Jackson in Studio on World Cafe 4/25/08

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Augustana: 'Sweet' and Acoustic

Propelled by a catchy first single called "Boston" (featured on the NBC sitcom Scrubs), Augustana has released its second album, Can't Love, Can't Hurt. Three of the band's members perform in NPR's studio 4A.

Augustana: 'Sweet' and Acoustic

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Laurence Hobgood on Piano Jazz

Pianist Laurence Hobgood has been a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene for years. He has recently come to prominence as pianist, musical director and co-producer for the much-celebrated jazz singer Kurt Elling. The pianist gives an interview and performance on Piano Jazz.

Laurence Hobgood in Studio on Piano Jazz 9/19/07

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The Black Keys: Out of the Garage

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The Black Keys enlisted Danger Mouse as producer of their first album recorded in a real studio. The resulting collection takes their minimalist sound into a new dimension, with unexpected arrangements and expanded instrumentation. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.

The Black Keys in Studio on World Cafe 5/23/08

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Hot Chip: Electro-Pop 'Made in the Dark'

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On the group's third album, Made in the Dark, Hot Chip adds distortion to the mix. Exploding with background synths, soul influences, and Alexis Taylor's airy vocals, the band moves into ballad territory more than before. Hear an interview and performance from WXPN.

Hot Chip in Studio on World Cafe 5/22/08

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