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Ever since his 1958 live album from Chicago's Pershing Lounge, Ahmad Jamal has been recognized as a major force in jazz. In this program from 1985, Jamal reprises two signature pieces from that session in duets with Marian McPartland: "Poinciana" and "But Not for Me."
The young band overcame the accidental death of its drummer to release its widely hailed debut full-length, The Rhumb Line. Ra Ra Riot performs in the studio and talks about nautical charts, string sections and the influence of Kate Bush.
Ra Ra Riot in Studio on WNYC Soundcheck - 08/18/2008
Mann's seventh solo album, @#%&*! Smilers, offers another look at dark and eccentric characters, complete with introspective looks at heartbreak, fading hope, and even Virginia carnivals. Mann recently sat down with World Cafe host David Dye to perform some of her new material.
Haimovitz's idea of the "classics" includes Bach, Beethoven and, yes, classic rock. He talks to Performance Today host Fred Child about taking musical risks, and offers up a passionate studio performance of music by Bach.
The smart, funny alt-country singer-songwriter joins host David Dye for conversation and a performance from her latest album, Asking For Flowers. With lyrics that range from the emotional to the political to the hilarious, the disc has been widely hailed as her best yet.
From Boston's New England Conservatory, eight musicians – none older than 13 – showcase their remarkable accomplishments. A 10-year-old violinist plays Bartok, a 13-year-old pianist tackles a diabolical piece by Prokofiev and a multi-talented 11-year-old cellist performs music by Kabalevsky. Also, a 13-year-old composer debuts a new work. This program originally aired on April 2, 2008.
After singing back-up for Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis, The Watson Twins' members step into the spotlight with Fire Songs, a knock-out debut that showcases their seamless vocals. Hear the Kentucky natives in this World Cafe session with host David Dye.
Telepathique is one heck of a sexy band. For 20 minutes, the Sao Paulo-based group turned the intimate space of a KEXP studio into a late-night dance club. The band's combination of electronic beats and rhythms with thrashing drums and live guitar sounds both unique and familiar.
Harnessing a passion for old-time American folk music and ancient Chinese culture, Abigail Washburn and The Sparrow Quartet achieve an unlikely sound that absolutely works. The band plays material from its self-titled debut on World Cafe.
Norah Jones is one of the most popular musicians in the world today, and her soulful vocals were on display when she joined Marian McPartland at the 2003 Tanglewood Jazz Festival. The sold-out crowd watch the duo perform duets and standards.
Two years ago, things weren't going well for Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. So he holed up in a cabin in the snowy Wisconsin northwoods, only to emerge with an album celebrated across the indie music community. Here, Vernon shares his story and performs in the studio.
Bon Iver in Studio on WNYC Soundcheck - 07/30/2008
On the eve of the release of its latest album, Stay Positive, The Hold Steady stopped by the WFUV studios for a performance and interview. The group blasted through four new songs with the confidence and urgency of a band at its best.
Mates of State's music has only gotten richer and more rewarding since its members started a family: Their superb new album, Re-Arrange Us, finds it celebrating the tricky balancing act of marriage, parenthood and rock 'n' roll in a way that's undeniably uplifting and cheerful. Hear songs from that album in a session with World Cafe host David Dye.
The Grammy-nominated Nortec Collective brings together Mexican, electronica and dance music. Hear songs from the group's new album, Tijuana Sound Machine, when Bostich and Fussible come by WXPN's World Cafe with host David Dye.
Nortec Collective's Bostich & Fussible In Studio on World Cafe, 8/20/08
From the Nazareth College Arts Center in Rochester, New York From the Top's eight seriously musical teens tackle double reeds, voice, and all manner of strings – plucked, bowed, and hammered – in performances of music from the 18th to 21st century. This program originally aired on March 12, 2008