NPR Music

The Music That Makes Choreographers Move

Jan 3, 2015
Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

ERIC WESTERVELT, HOST:

Quick: Name an American product that's had a worldwide impact, is more popular than ever, yet still looks the same as it did when it was introduced more than a half-century ago? Here's a hint: It might be the only musical instrument whose fame rivals that of the people who've played it.

The Thistle & Shamrock: Midwinter Musing

Jan 2, 2015

Travel into the traditions of midwinter through some spellbinding music of the season. You'll hear a number of selections appropriate for this darkest time of the year, including music from Irish choral group Anúna with the Ulster Orchestra.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Billy Joel, Popular Song, PBS, And Needing A Piano

Jan 2, 2015

I don't know when people started to think they could successfully make fun of you for being a person who grew up listening to a lot of Billy Joel — and perhaps still does — but they can all forget it.

Mimi Fox On Piano Jazz

Jan 2, 2015

Guitarist Mimi Fox is in the vanguard of invigorating the jazz guitar tradition. She possesses a pure tone and an amazing set of chops and cooks whether playing bebop or ballads.

Her compositional abilities are evident on this 2006 Piano Jazz as she plays her own tune "Perpetually Hip." With host Marian McPartland on piano and Gary Mazzaroppi on bass, Fox tears up the fret board on "What is This Thing Called Love."

World Cafe's 2015 Music Preview

Jan 2, 2015

After all the time we've spent looking back at the best music of 2014, it is finally time to explore some of the releases we can look forward to over the first few months of 2015. NPR Music's pop critic Ann Powers keeps her eyes on wide range of music; she helps us understand the middle and explore the edges.

Pages