Topic: Music

Taking The Tuba Above And Beyond The Low End

NPR |Aug. 30, 2014 9:33 a.m.

For nearly 50 years, tubist Bob Stewart has been carving a niche for his instrument in modern jazz.

The Private Eye Who Made Cool Jazz His Calling Card

NPR |Aug. 28, 2014 9:36 a.m.

The detective series Peter Gunn was popular, but Henry Mancini's music for it became iconic.

Christian McBride On Piano Jazz

NPR |Aug. 22, 2014 10:24 a.m.

The bassist jams with host Marian McPartland on "Billie's Bounce" and "Midnight Sun."

Oscar Peterson On Piano Jazz

NPR |Aug. 21, 2014 11:06 a.m.

On this program from 1998, Peterson demonstrates his deft touch and amazing technique.

Remembering Jazz Violinist John Blake Jr.

NPR |Aug. 21, 2014 8:30 a.m.

For decades, he created unique roles for his fiddle. Hear him perform for an archival NPR program.

Sam Friend On 'Song Travels'

NPR |Aug. 19, 2014 7:58 a.m.

Friend shares his love of New Orleans "jass" by playing "Sweet Lorraine" on six-string banjo.

Fresh Air Pays Tribute To James Brown, 'Godfather Of Funk'

NPR |Aug. 19, 2014 7:58 a.m.

James Brown is featured in the new biopic Get On Up. In '80s and '90s, Terry Gross talked with his biographer and two musicians who played in his band. And in 2005, she talked with Brown himself.

Curtis Stigers On 'Song Travels'

NPR |Aug. 15, 2014 1:08 p.m.

Host Michael Feinstein joins Stigers for a duet of the standard "You Are Too Beautiful."

Drum Fill Friday, With Guest Host Matt Wilson

NPR |Aug. 15, 2014 8:58 a.m.

Test your ear against the genre-spanning picks of the jazz drummer and public radio host.

Notations from Essiet Essiet

KMHD |Aug. 12, 2014 2:13 p.m.

Bassist Essiet Essiet says he's often questioned not only about jazz but about his name. Given to the first born son, the double name is a tradition in Nigeria, his family's homeland. The acclaimed artist offers more on his background and his affinity for jazz.

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