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Music Interviews
2:09 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

Christine Jensen's Multiple Personalities Expand Her Musical Repertoire

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 3:28 pm

Transcript

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Christine Jensen says she has multiple personalities. She's a saxophonist, a composer, leader of a jazz group, and more recently, the conductor of an 18-piece jazz orchestra.

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RATH: That requires yet another personality, a businesswoman to make a generally unprofitable venture work.

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All Songs Considered
8:14 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows

You sent us your soles!
Various for NPR

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Tiny Desk Concerts
6:22 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Usman Riaz: Tiny Desk Concert

Usman Riaz performs at a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2014.
Jim Tuttle NPR

This is simply astonishing. Watch twenty seconds and you'll be sucked into the world of Usman Riaz, an immensely talented 23-year-old Pakistani musician who will change your perception of how a guitar can sound and be played. What's more remarkable is that this Berklee College of Music whiz kid learned much of his dazzling guitar technique by watching YouTube videos at 16. He also learned what he calls "parlor tricks," like body percussion and harmonica. But the classically trained pianist also used the Internet to learn how to write and conduct orchestra pieces and make films.

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Author Interviews
5:12 am
Sat April 19, 2014

How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass

Lisa Robinson interviews a young Michael Jackson at his family's house in Encino, Calif., in October 1972.
Andrew Kent Courtesy of Riverhead Books

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 8:40 am

Lisa Robinson has done just about every kind of music writing there is.

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Studio Sessions
5:12 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Rufus Wainwright Shares Songs, And A Few Stories

Rufus Wainwright joins Wade Goodwyn in NPR's Studio 1 to play a few of his hits.
Mike Beacom NPR

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 8:40 am

Rufus Wainwright creates music that is theatrical, emotional and operatic. Listening to his albums can feel like experiencing a Shakespearean play, with wit, tragedy and heartbreak all side by side.

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The Record
2:17 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Prince Fans, Prepare For The Deluge

NPG Records Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat April 19, 2014 6:34 am

Prince fans are accustomed to not getting what they want. That's one reason Friday's news came as a shock — that Prince has re-signed, for the first time in 18 years, with Warner Bros. Records, and that an expanded edition of Purple Rain, in time for its 30th anniversary, as well as a new album and unnamed "other planned projects" to come, are all on the way (including a new song, released late last night).

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Ecstatic Voices
1:57 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

In New Mexico, A Brotherhood Of Ancient Hymns

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 4:13 pm

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Music Interviews
1:41 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

On Latest Album, Gina Chavez Unearths Her Latin Roots

Up.Rooted is singer-songwriter Gina Chavez's sophomore effort and her first full-length album.
Judson Baker Courtesy of Press Junkie

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 4:13 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Texas native Gina Chavez did not come to music early on. When she was 18, she went to a country-blues show in Austin to hear singer Toni Price. It was after that she decided she wanted to learn how to play guitar. So she turned to her dad.

GINA CHAVEZ: You know, I said, hey, dad, don't you have a guitar in the closet? He pulls it out and turns out it's a 1954 Martin, which people who know things about guitars are, you know, they start drooling all over themselves.

CORNISH: A year later, she started writing her own songs.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
1:34 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Steely Dan On Piano Jazz

Donald Fagen (left) and Walter Becker of Steely Dan.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

In Steely Dan, guitarist Walter Becker and singer-pianist Donald Fagen are masters of irony and erudition.

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World Cafe
1:14 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

The War On Drugs On World Cafe

The War On Drugs.
Courtesy of the artist

We are major fans of the band The War On Drugs. Today's show presents an epic live performance and interview with leader Adam Granduciel. The band formed in Philadelphia in 2005 and was critically lauded in 2011 for the album Slave Ambient, which put them on the map.

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