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Jazz Corridor
5:45 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Matt Wilson Quartet to Deliver a Gathering Call With Pianist John Medeski

The Matt Wilson Quartet. From left: Kirk Knuffke, Jeff Lederer, Matt Wilson, and Chris Lightcap.
Credit Tom Foley

Drummer/composer Matt Wilson, a great wit, percussive prestidigitator and populist swinger in all known jazz genres, celebrates his new, diverse and delightful album, Gathering Call, on Tuesday, January 28. Wilson performs with his tightly-knit quartet and special guest, pianist John Medeski, at 8:00 pm at The Side Door jazz club in Old Lyme.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:05 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Can Music and Art Bring Countries Together?

Credit Nic McPhee/flickr creative commons

Today's show originally aired October 29, 2013. 

From Faith Middleton: Music and art can make your life bigger. And, under the theory that the world is now “flat,” music and art just might dissolve boundaries, making the world a more manageable place.

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Against Me!
12:47 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Laura Jane Grace, Transgender Punk, On Life In Transition

Against Me!'s latest album is Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Left to right: Inge Johansson, James Bowman, Laura Jane Grace, Atom Willard.
Ryan Russell Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 9:42 am

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Bravo Waterbury!
3:21 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Music Program in Waterbury Teaches Children Team-Building Skills

The Asylum Saxophone Quartet featuring Bravo Waterbury! woodwinds.
Credit Bravo Waterbury!

Two years ago, we reported on plans to launch after-school music education programs for low-income children in several Connecticut cities. The programs are inspired by El Sistema, a music phenomenon in Venezuela that’s touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of kids, and captured the attention of the world. WNPR’s Diane Orson now reports on Bravo Waterbury!, an initiative of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra.

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Jazz Corridor
5:45 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Soul-Soaked Brass Maestro Graces Side Door Jazz This Weekend

Trumpeter Nicholas Payton is from New Orleans.
Credit Michael Wilson

A super talent like trumpeter Nicholas Payton could have easily coasted through a long, successful career by safely resting on his impressive laurels and never once rocking the boat musically or socially, thus remaining securely assured of achieving a prominent niche for himself.

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Jazz Corridor
5:45 am
Wed January 8, 2014

At the Right Time and Place: Keyboardist Knoblock Bends Listeners' Imaginations

Landon Knoblock

In a picturesque downtown shop called Never Ending Books, New Haven’s Uncertainty Music Series presents a bold musical explorer on Saturday night. Landon Knoblock is a 31-year-old composer and keyboardist whose soaring synthesizer solos create soundscapes of cosmic scope, reverberating  with imaginative sci-fi storylines.

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Jazz Corridor
5:45 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Jazz Digs Hartford Library’s Smart, Contemporary Downtown Setting

Chion Wolf WNPR

A public library is probably not the first location that leaps to mind when you think about an ideal venue for jazz. What you want is a  cozy, intimate refuge where you can hear every note played; aren’t seated a dehumanizing, football field length away from far distant performers; and are surrounded by a genuinely attentive, appreciative audience of kindred souls who are at least as much into the music as you are.

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Music
8:54 am
Mon December 30, 2013

20 Years Ago, De La Soul Refused To Go Pop

David Jude Jolicoeur aka Trugoy (from left), Vincent Mason aka P.A. Mase and Kelvin Mercer aka Posdnuos pose for a portrait outside the Apollo Theater in Harlem in September 1993.
David Corio Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 12:55 pm

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:40 am
Fri December 27, 2013

The Nose Gets Inside Llewyn Davis

James Hanley is the co-founder of Cinestudio at Trinity College
Chion Wolf

The Nose panelists explore the hidden mysteries of the Coen Brothers' new film, Inside Llewyn Davis, based  on the early folk movement of 1960's Greenwich Village and one of its early pioneers, Dave Van Ronk. 

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Where We Live
10:39 am
Fri December 27, 2013

What's Your Favorite Song of 2013?

Anthony Fantano, internet superstar from <em>The Needle Drop</em>.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

It's not an easy question to answer, but it's worth a try.

The Internet’s Busiest Music Nerd drops by to share his top music picks of the year. What track (or album) have you been listening to all year long? We hear Anthony Fantano’s favorite music – will Arcade Fire, Beyonce, or Eminem make the list? No. But find out what does on Where We Live.

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Teaching
10:20 am
Fri December 27, 2013

A Visit With John Mastroianni, Connecticut's 2014 Teacher of the Year

John Mastroianni.
Credit John Mastroianni

In addition to leading his own quartet and a 16-piece jazz orchestra, Connecticut saxophonist John Mastroianni is a music teacher, and the director of bands at Hall High School in West Hartford. He’s also Connecticut’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. I visited him recently at the school to talk about his work.

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Best of...
9:03 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Pushing Play on 2013: WNPR's Favorite Music of the Year

The Japanese duo Charisma.com.
Credit Charisma.com

In case you haven't read enough "Top Music of 2013" posts on the internet, here's WNPR's contribution.

Did you know that the WNPR staff is pretty musically talented? We have two violinists, a keyboardist, several singers, a drummer, a trombonist, and lots of air-guitarists...

So what do such musical people listen to?

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Host's Diary
3:53 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

What the Hell is a Jazz Vocal Anyway?

About a year ago I needed, for reasons not worth delving into, to learn "People Will Say We're In Love." If you're going to study a song -- maybe play it 20 times over a couple of days until the lyrics and changes are second nature -- you better pick a version you like.  So I sampled a few dozen covers on iTunes and wound up picking a jazz singer -- previously unknown to me -- named Rachael Price. Rachael just swung it, and she had a low, throaty edge that I liked.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
10:23 am
Thu December 26, 2013

2013 Jazz Picks By Jazz Fanatics

Chuck Obuchowski is the host of Out Here & Beyond on WWUH.
Chion Wolf WNPR

You loved jazz in college, but these days, do you really have time to follow it? Maybe I'm only talking about myself. The jazz scene I loved so much in my early twenties begins to recede unless I make an affirmative effort to go charging toward it. So at this time of year, every year, we consult with jazz savants and musicians and ask them about the best music they heard all year.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
9:22 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Christmas Songs That We Love to Love and Hate

Joan Holliday (file photo).
Chion Wolf WNPR

There are some holiday songs that should banned. I'm sorry, Burl Ives, but there's really no reason for anybody to have to hear "Holly Jolly Christmas" ever again.

And Little Drummer Boy? There's almost no way to describe the sinking feeling that tune gives me. Except, well, to call it a sinking feeling. On the other hand, I don't mind Mariah Carey singing "All I Want for Christmas Is You," but my producers are pretty much coming though the glass of the control booth at me for saying that.

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Jazz Corridor
5:45 am
Wed December 25, 2013

The Death Knell Tolls Not for Jazz

Mike DiRubbo and Steve Davis perform.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

The perennial lament that jazz is dead had no validity in our region, the geographical Jazz Corridor between New York and Boston, in 2013. In fact, the past year abounded with many robust life signs, and a promising prognosis for a long, relatively healthy life for America’s original, perhaps most endangered, yet somehow most remarkably resilient art form.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:34 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Scrambling Toward Christmas With Sad Songs, Oscar Isaac, and Tight Flights

Oscar Isaac plays Llewyn Davis in the Coen Brother's new film, "Inside Llewyn Davis."
Credit Mongrel Media Press Photos

A couple of weeks ago, we did a whole show about blood pressure only to have an article in The Journal of the American Medical Association blow a lot of the current thinking about blood pressure right out of the water. We talk to UConn's hypertension expert, Dr. Billy White, about new guidelines saying people over 60 may not need to keep their blood pressure as low as previously thought. 

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Music
5:59 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

The Inspiration Of Jazz Flautist Jamie Baum

Vincent Soyez Courtesy of the artist

Transcript

ARUN RATH, HOST:

Thanks again for listening. This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG)

RATH: That is one of the most celebrated voices the world has ever heard, the Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Khan died in 1997, but his recordings continue to inspire. Artists like jazz flautist Jamie Baum.

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Where Do I Start?
11:01 am
Fri December 20, 2013

A Taste of Duke Ellington

Miles Davis quote from "Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington."
Credit Creative Commons Image / WNPR

So much music and so little time.

On today's Where We Live, we could have spent the entire time just playing Duke Ellington's music. Since we didn't play any of the songs in their entirety, we're sharing the playlist below with the songs that you heard on the show.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

As Relevant as Ever: the Music of Duke Ellington

The musical influence of Duke Ellington survives long past his death.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Duke Ellington is one of the pivotal figures in jazz. He was a pianist, composer and bandleader whose impact lasted well beyond his death. Terry Teachout joins us in studio to talk about his new book, Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington. We’ll also talk to local musicians about Ellington’s musical influence on their work.

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Music
11:38 am
Thu December 19, 2013

From Duke's 'Nutcracker' To A Cynical Carol, Jazz For Christmas

Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn collaborated to release The Nutcracker Suite in 1960.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 9:35 am

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Jazz Corridor
5:45 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Dave Brubeck, a Time Traveler

Dave Brubeck in 1972.
Credit Heinrich Klaffs / Creative Commons

Dave Brubeck, the jazz genius and venerable Wizard of Wilton who died a year ago this month at 91, was mad about time. Playing with time brilliantly, bending, reshaping and rewinding it, he constantly experimented with the permutations of odd-seeming, even weird time signatures, notated with funny-looking fractions like 5/4, 9/8, 7/4 and 13/4.

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Live Music
8:34 am
Mon December 16, 2013

VIDEO: Violent Mae Performs Live in WNPR's Studios

Becky Kessler and Floyd Kellogg are Violent Mae.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Even though they just released their debut, self-titled album, Violent Mae still had new, unreleased material up their sleeves.

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Songs For Reflection
11:56 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Remembering 12/14/12 With Music

Noah Baerman performs at Asylum Hill Congregational Church on the one-week anniversary of the December 14 shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
Chion Wolf WNPR

It's been one year since the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School transformed Newtown, Connecticut, the country, and the world. Over the last year, there have been countless musical tributes to the victims.

This hour, we share some of the music that came out of this tragedy. 

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Newtown: One Year Later
11:01 am
Wed December 11, 2013

A Simple, Solemn Tribute to Sandy Hook Victims

Connecticut's Poet Laureate Dick Allen said the phrase "in the snow lightly falling" was the basis for his poem, "Solace."
Credit State of Connecticut

The grief and sadness of December 14, 2012 has been expressed through countless poems, songs and other works of art, including the choral work, "Solace," a simple, solemn remembrance of the victims of Newtown, written by one of America's leading poets, and set to music by a Pulitzer prize-winning composer.

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Jazz Corridor
5:45 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Dresser Quintet in New Haven to Feature Saxophonist Mahanthappa

Rudresh Mahanthappa performs Friday with bassist Mark Dresser as part of a quintet at Firehouse 12.
Credit Rudresh Mahanthappa/Ted Walton / Rudresh Mahanthappa/Mark Dresser

Mark Dresser, a noted bassist who tirelessly expands and hones his cutting-edge approach to improvising and composing, leads his creative music quintet in performances at 8:30 and 10:00 pm Friday, December 13, in the grand finale for the 2013 Fall Jazz Series at Firehouse 12, 45 Crown Street in New Haven.

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Stupidity redux
3:14 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Stupidity's "King Midas" is "Coolest Song in the World"

Swedish Garage Rockers Stupidity
Stupidity

Last month, I spoke with drummer Tommy Sjostrom of the Swedish garage rock band Stupidity, who put on quite a show at Cafe Nine in New Haven. I got a message earlier this week from Tommy with some good news: Stupidity's new single, "King Midas," will be the dubbed "The Coolest Song in the World" by Little Steven on this weekend's Little Steven's Underground Garage radio show. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:37 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Bringing Back Boy Bands: Did They Ever Really Leave?

The Monkees made music that drove their fans wild between 1966 and 1970. They continued to make music individually and in reunion with one another for many more decades.
Credit Nico7Martin on Flickr Creative Commons

The Monkees were the first group to exhibit all or most of the qualities we now associate with the term "boy band." They were assembled through auditions. They had a set of visual styles imposed on them. They were incredibly popular with tween-aged girls. They were plagued by the accusation that there was less to them than meets the eye. That last accusation was false, by the way.

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Where We Live
4:04 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Live From WNPR: Violent Mae

Violent Mae's debut, self-titled album was released last month.
Chion Wolf WNPR

The birth of the band Violent Mae may not have been intentional, but the result has been memorable. This duo met on an organic farm in Connecticut and just released their debut album, recorded in Hartford. Violent Mae joins us in-studio for a live concert on Where We Live.

Listen to Violent Mae's self-titled album and you can get a copy of it when you contribute to WNPR.

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Live Music
10:13 am
Wed December 4, 2013

The 15-Minute Music Shuffle

Loudon Wainwright III, Blitzen Trapper's Eric Earley, Charles Bradley, and Black Joe Lewis (Clockwise, starting from the top-left)
Credit MPR/APM, WFUV, KEXP

Public radio might be best known for shows like Morning Edition, This American Life, Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me and Car Talk, but did you know public radio stations across the country also feature some amazing music?

Thanks to the World Wide Web, many radio stations and shows put out beautiful videos of musical performances from not only local acts, but big-time national names.

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