music http://wnpr.org en Ovation Guitars to Cease Production in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/ovation-guitars-cease-production-connecticut <p>Connecticut's historic Ovation guitars will no longer be made in the state. The New Hartford factory will close this summer.</p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:46:51 +0000 Harriet Jones 20659 at http://wnpr.org Ovation Guitars to Cease Production in Connecticut Robert Ellis On World Cafe http://wnpr.org/post/robert-ellis-world-cafe Robert Ellis and his road band perform songs from his fine third album, <em>The Lights From the Chemical Plan</em>t, in this <em>World Cafe</em> session. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:02:02 +0000 editor 20655 at http://wnpr.org Robert Ellis On World Cafe 13 Jazz Artists Awarded Over $1.7 Million http://wnpr.org/post/13-jazz-artists-awarded-over-17-million Yesterday, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced the recipients of its 2014 Performing Artist Awards, including 13 jazz and improvising musicians, who will receive at least $1.7 million in unrestricted grants in total.<p>The awards were given in two tiers. Six jazz musicians were given Doris Duke Artist Awards, worth an unrestricted grant of $225,000 over a 3-5 year period, with the potential to earn an additional $50,000. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:42:27 +0000 editor 20641 at http://wnpr.org 13 Jazz Artists Awarded Over $1.7 Million Ali Ryerson’s Luminous Flute Illuminates Her Musical "Dark Side" http://wnpr.org/post/ali-ryerson-s-luminous-flute-illuminates-her-musical-dark-side <p>“We’ve switched over to the dark side for real now.”&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">No, that’s not an ominous utterance from Dick Cheney.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s the celebrated flutist Ali Ryerson joking on the phone when discussing her touring quintet’s contemporary, plugged-in sound that marks a giant switch for her from the modern mainstream palette that has long been a hallmark of her acclaimed artistry.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:51:49 +0000 Owen McNally 20566 at http://wnpr.org Ali Ryerson’s Luminous Flute Illuminates Her Musical "Dark Side" End May Be Near For Hartford Cabaret Series http://wnpr.org/post/end-may-be-near-hartford-cabaret-series <p>Dan Blow, the noted Hartford-based fashion designer who creatively refashioned himself into one of the city’s most industrious and illustrious concert producers, plans to pull up stakes in Hartford to live in the Bahamas; shutter his clothing business, sell his elegant Woodland Street condo, and in a severe blow to the local music scene, perhaps end his enormously popular&nbsp;Music@Japanalia&nbsp;series&nbsp;held primarily in his West End boutique.</p><p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:55:29 +0000 Owen McNally 20470 at http://wnpr.org End May Be Near For Hartford Cabaret Series A "Love Theme" for Where We Live http://wnpr.org/post/love-theme-where-we-live <p>Last month, Hartford’s very own Asylum Quartet <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/remembering-irelands-great-hunger-asylum-saxophone-quartet">visited</a> WNPR's&nbsp;<em>Where We Live</em> to talk about and perform some music.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:01:36 +0000 Lydia Brown 20373 at http://wnpr.org A "Love Theme" for Where We Live The Agony and Utility of Ecstasy http://wnpr.org/post/agony-and-utility-ecstasy-0 <p></p><p>"Molly" is the nickname for MDMA, or ecstasy. It's short for "molecule," meaning you're getting the "real thing," chemically speaking. Except you almost never do.</p><p>This hour, we talk about the dangers of Molly, the medical uses of MDMA, and the curious romance between the drug and the form of music known as EDM, Electronic Dance Music.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:36:42 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Chion Wolf & Betsy Kaplan 20371 at http://wnpr.org The Agony and Utility of Ecstasy Life With Cerebral Palsy; Asylum Saxophone Quartet http://wnpr.org/post/life-cerebral-palsy-asylum-saxophone-quartet <p>Photographer Chris Capozziello has been photographing his twin brother Nick for years. Despite being twins, there was a major difference between these two: Nick was born with cerebral palsy; Chris was not.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The photography of both brothers’ is featured in the book&nbsp;</span><a href="http://chriscappy.com/distance-between-us-book.php" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>The Distance Between Us</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The story it tells is about how both&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Capozziellos</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;are living and coping with Nick’s condition. Both join us to talk about their project.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:11:03 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 20320 at http://wnpr.org Life With Cerebral Palsy; Asylum Saxophone Quartet Members of Sweet Honey in the Rock Conduct Dynamic Workshops at Wesleyan University http://wnpr.org/post/members-sweet-honey-rock-conduct-dynamic-workshops-wesleyan-university <p>Three members of the legendary <a href="http://sweethoneyintherock.org/" target="_blank">a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock</a> are finishing up a unique residency at Wesleyan University.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:05:47 +0000 Ray Hardman 20308 at http://wnpr.org Members of Sweet Honey in the Rock Conduct Dynamic Workshops at Wesleyan University Rodrigo y Gabriela, 'The Russian Messenger' http://wnpr.org/post/rodrigo-y-gabriela-russian-messenger <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dN91dhERgA</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:26:35 +0000 Robin Hilton 20307 at http://wnpr.org Rodrigo y Gabriela, 'The Russian Messenger' Jake Shimabukuro and Friends Show How Uke'n Play Ukulele http://wnpr.org/post/jake-shimabukuro-and-friends-show-how-uken-play-ukulele <p>The ukulele was not always obscure. Two of the biggest stars of the 20th century used them as their principal instruments. One is a name you probably don't know, but George Formby was a enormous sensation in Great Britain on stage and in movies in the 1920s and '30s. He specialized in playing a banjo-shaped ukulele, and he trafficked in comical, mischievous songs full of double entendres.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:36:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 20237 at http://wnpr.org Jake Shimabukuro and Friends Show How Uke'n Play Ukulele Singer Marianne Solivan Brings Subtle, Soulful Style to Hartford http://wnpr.org/post/singer-marianne-solivan-brings-subtle-soulful-style-hartford <p>Besides possessing a lovely instrument of a voice graced with rich, sensuous timbres, <a href="http://www.mariannesolivanjazz.com/" target="_blank">Marianne Solivan is a gifted, wise singer</a> who never feels compelled to use her ample skills to push the envelope so hard that she murders the enclosed message in the song.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:21:33 +0000 Owen McNally 20173 at http://wnpr.org Singer Marianne Solivan Brings Subtle, Soulful Style to Hartford Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella http://wnpr.org/post/reunited-and-it-feels-little-awkward-outkast-coachella <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPEiAGFMnNI</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:42:00 +0000 Frannie Kelley 20152 at http://wnpr.org Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella NPR Music Nominated For Three Webby Awards http://wnpr.org/post/npr-music-nominated-three-webby-awards NPR Music has been nominated for many Webby Awards over the years (and even won a few), but we've rarely reached out and asked you to vote for us when we are. This year, the Webbys' eighteenth, we're particularly proud of our nominations.<p>The first is a video we conceived with <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15397557/ok-go" target="_blank">OK Go</a> to document the packing and moving of the Tiny Desk to NPR's new headquarters. The video was shot over a few days and the band had to play the song, a variation on "All Is Not Lost," hundreds of times. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:52:11 +0000 Bob Boilen 20005 at http://wnpr.org NPR Music Nominated For Three Webby Awards 5 Points Where Poetry Meets Jazz http://wnpr.org/post/5-points-where-poetry-meets-jazz <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6bKgljhvR0</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:36:50 +0000 Pamela Espeland 19994 at http://wnpr.org 5 Points Where Poetry Meets Jazz First Listen: 'The Space Project' http://wnpr.org/post/first-listen-space-project As of last September — some 36 years after their launch on Sept. 5, 1977 — NASA's Voyager 1 & 2 space probes were some 12 billion miles from home, easily the farthest man-made objects from Earth. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:36:33 +0000 editor 19995 at http://wnpr.org First Listen: 'The Space Project' These Aren't The Rock Hall Inductees You're Looking For http://wnpr.org/post/these-arent-rock-hall-inductees-youre-looking <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dLrxS4eTLM</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:05:45 +0000 David C. Barnett 19904 at http://wnpr.org These Aren't The Rock Hall Inductees You're Looking For We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered http://wnpr.org/post/weve-only-just-begun-carpenters-remembered <p>If you are a person of a certain age, you probably remember the moment when you were first seized by Karen Carpenter's voice. For me, it was getting into my mother's Pontiac LeMans after a commencement ceremony at Kingswood School in 1970. I was a sophomore at an all-boys school, and nobody wanted to be "Close To" me. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Chion Wolf, Colin McEnroe & Betsy Kaplan 19850 at http://wnpr.org We've Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered Cabaret Star Brings New, Searing Show to Hartford http://wnpr.org/post/cabaret-star-brings-new-searing-show-hartford <p><a href="http://babyjanedexter.com/" target="_blank">Baby Jane Dexter, a consummate and passionate cabaret performer who can wring every torrid ounce of emotion</a> out of classic romantic ballads or edgy original songs with searing social messages, returns for another one of her perpetually power-packed performances at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 12, at the Music@Japanalia series at Japanalia Eiko, 11 Whitney Street in Hartford.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:31:26 +0000 Owen McNally 19766 at http://wnpr.org Cabaret Star Brings New, Searing Show to Hartford Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies http://wnpr.org/post/wayne-henderson-jazz-crusaders-co-founder-dies Wayne Henderson, trombonist and co-founding member of the popular jazz-funk band The Jazz Crusaders (later known as The Crusaders), died Friday, April 4, in Culver City, Calif. The cause of death was heart failure, according to The Crusaders' manager. Henderson was 74.<p>Along with fellow Houston musicians Joe Sample (piano), Wilton Felder (tenor saxophone) and Stix Hooper (drums), Henderson moved to Southern California and rebranded the group The Jazz Crusaders. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:18:00 +0000 Patrick Jarenwattananon 19748 at http://wnpr.org Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies The Both: Tiny Desk Concert http://wnpr.org/post/both-tiny-desk-concert Singer-songwriters <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14962491/aimee-mann">Aimee Mann</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14955750/ted-leo">Ted Leo</a> are often at opposite ends of the volume knob. But what started as separate sets during a mutual tour, then a few walk-ons during Leo's solo set, is now an adventure in collaboration and mutual songwriting — and the birth of The Both. Months after this Tiny Desk Concert, which we recorded in February, there's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/06/297716051/first-listen-the-both-the-both">an album</a>. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:36:48 +0000 Bob Boilen 19720 at http://wnpr.org The Both: Tiny Desk Concert Celebrating the Ninth Annual Trinity Hip Hop Festival http://wnpr.org/post/celebrating-ninth-annual-trinity-hip-hop-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I say "hip hop," do you think about an art form the exalts </span>bling<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, consumption, excess, decadence, and vulgarity? What about all the other hip hop artists, exploring other kinds of truths? Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:03:47 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 19472 at http://wnpr.org Celebrating the Ninth Annual Trinity Hip Hop Festival Yale Photo Show Offers Intimate Insights Into the Jazz World http://wnpr.org/post/yale-photo-show-offers-intimate-insights-jazz-world <p>More eloquently than the written word—including even the prose of the great Ralph Ellison or the poetry of the legendary Langston Hughes—poetically expressive black-and-white photographs taken by gifted jazz photographers can capture the elusive but soulful essence of the music and its cradle-to-the-grave love affair with life.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:50:58 +0000 Owen McNally 19382 at http://wnpr.org Yale Photo Show Offers Intimate Insights Into the Jazz World Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59 http://wnpr.org/post/dance-music-legend-frankie-knuckles-dies-59 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPrGnh7QUDo</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 19422 at http://wnpr.org Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59 The Haden Triplets: Tiny Desk Concert http://wnpr.org/post/haden-triplets-tiny-desk-concert Petra, Rachel and Tanya Haden are three sisters in love with the art of singing. Born in 1971 to a famous musical father (Charlie Haden is a world-class upright jazz bassist), they've separately taken on vastly different music projects. You may have heard Petra with The Decemberists or tackling the music of The Who a cappella. Tanya plays in Let's Go Sailing, while Rachel sometimes turns up with The Rentals and other projects.<p>Together, they have a common love for American country and traditional songs, and that's what brought me to them and them to the Tiny Desk. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:31:21 +0000 Bob Boilen 19376 at http://wnpr.org The Haden Triplets: Tiny Desk Concert Future Jazz Superstar Gives the Past a Present Voice http://wnpr.org/post/future-jazz-superstar-gives-past-present-voice <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Exuding sophistication, swing, and hip maturity far beyond her mere 24 years, </span><a href="http://cecilemclorinsalvant.com/" target="_blank">Cecile<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>McLorin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Salvant</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://cecilemclorinsalvant.com/" target="_blank">, a vocalist</a> with pitch-perfect intonation, unerring enunciation, and a rainbow array of rich timbres, is dazzling the jazz world and beyond with her Grammy-nominated, widely and wildly acclaimed American debut album,&nbsp;</span><em>WomanChild</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:33:21 +0000 Owen McNally 19193 at http://wnpr.org Future Jazz Superstar Gives the Past a Present Voice Cécile McLorin Salvant: Making Old Songs New Again http://wnpr.org/post/c-cile-mclorin-salvant-making-old-songs-new-again Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant was born in Miami to French and Haitian parents, and started singing jazz while living in Paris. Back in the U.S., she won the Thelonious Monk vocal competition in 2010. The 23-year-old's first album, <em>WomanChild,</em> is now out — and few jazz debuts by singers or instrumentalists make this big a splash.<p>Salvant's unusual material sets her apart as much as her chops do. The most recent non-original tune on her nervily accomplished debut is by <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15342292/fats-waller">Fats Waller</a>. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:46:18 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 19201 at http://wnpr.org Cécile McLorin Salvant: Making Old Songs New Again Bushnell, Hartford Symphony Enter New Partnership http://wnpr.org/post/bushnell-hartford-symphony-enter-new-partnership <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Hartford Symphony Orchestra has entered into a major partnership with the </span>Bushnell<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Center for the Performing Arts. It is called a "management services contractm" and it ushers in a new era for the </span>HSO<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:14:39 +0000 Ray Hardman 19082 at http://wnpr.org Bushnell, Hartford Symphony Enter New Partnership Remembering Ireland's Great Hunger; Asylum Saxophone Quartet http://wnpr.org/post/remembering-irelands-great-hunger-asylum-saxophone-quartet <div>This week, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, even if we aren’t Irish.<p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But sadly, this holiday meant to celebrate a heritage doesn’t really go too much deeper than green beer and shamrocks in the public consciousness.</span></p></div><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:44:00 +0000 Catie Talarski, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & John Dankosky 18681 at http://wnpr.org Remembering Ireland's Great Hunger; Asylum Saxophone Quartet It's Homecoming Weekend For Former HSO Music Director Lankester http://wnpr.org/post/its-homecoming-weekend-former-hso-music-director-lankester <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">British born conductor Michael </span>Lankester<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was the music director of the Hartford Symphony from 1985 to 2000. During his tenure the orchestra flourished with a combination of exciting guest artists, like </span>Yo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Yo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ma and Marvin </span>Hamlisch<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and programs that mixed traditional works with more challenging </span>avant-garde<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> pieces.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:32:55 +0000 Ray Hardman 18765 at http://wnpr.org It's Homecoming Weekend For Former HSO Music Director Lankester