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Adele's smash hit "Hello" broke all kinds of records when it was released in November.


ADELE: (Singing) Hello, it's me.

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David Myles On World Cafe

Dec 24, 2015

Mild-mannered, sharply dressed David Myles knows how to bring the Christmas cheer. Born in New Brunswick, Myles proudly represents Eastern Canada and even has a CBC radio show covering the music of the Maritimes. In today's conversation with host David Dye, he talks about some of his local Christmas customs.

Art Hodes On Piano Jazz

Dec 24, 2015

Jazz pianist Art Hodes (1904–1993) was born in Ukraine and moved to the U.S. with his family as a baby. While he got his start as a musician in Chicago, his big break came when he moved to New York in 1938 and played with Joe Marsala and Mezz Mezzrow. He later returned to Chicago, where he remained active as a performer, educator and writer. On this 1984 episode of Piano Jazz, Hodes performs "St. Louis Blues" and "Someone To Watch Over Me."

Originally broadcast in the fall of 1984.

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Latin Roots: Christmas In Cuba

Dec 24, 2015

Just in time for Christmas Eve, World Cafe heads to the tropics for a holiday-themed Latin Roots segment. Contributor Judy Cantor-Navas uses the occasion as an opportunity to look at Christmas in Cuba, with music from pre-revolutionary times right up until the present day.

Hear songs from the great Celia Cruz and more in this segment, and find even more to enjoy on Latin Roots' Cuban Christmas Spotify playlist.

Rap and Christmas have always been strange bedfellows. Whereas genres like pop, country and R&B lend themselves to the saccharine sentiment of holiday cheer, hip-hop prides itself on being rooted in bittersweet reality — especially that of America's black underclass. So the all-good/Jesus'-birthday pretensions of holiday spirit feel somewhat disingenuous in its songs. Which is why, as a lifelong rap fan, I have always loved what I consider the greatest hip-hop humbug of all time: OutKast's "Player's Ball."

KCRW Presents: Beirut

Dec 24, 2015

A new romance and a move to Turkey inspired Beirut's Zach Condon to change his approach to recording the band's latest album. Instead of the meticulously layered songs of their previous releases, the band jammed in the studio until inspiration took hold. Those vibrant songs make up one of our favorite albums of the year, No No No. Watch Beirut perform the title track here.


  • "No No No"


Director: A.J. Wilhelm

Public Radio's #1 Songs Of 2015

Dec 22, 2015

Hidden inside our enormous year-end Songs We Love 2015 app — 401 songs across a dozen genres compiled by NPR Music and our public radio partners — is a playlist of 61 jewels, the ones we loved the best. We polled our entire team --including dozens of hosts from around the country — and these are the songs we singled out.

It's happened to most of us at one time or another — having our holidays hijacked by trusting our fates to the whims of Mother Nature and the vagaries of air traffic. It wasn't until celebrated songsmith Nick Lowe's 2013 curio, "Christmas at the Airport," that someone expressed in song what it was like to watch the hopes of holiday cheer fade right before our eyes, on a snow-covered runway in late December.

When the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra returns to the newly renovated Rose Theater, it'll bring one of its most popular traditions: its annual concerts of holiday music. The Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, will present new arrangements of favorite seasonal songs with guest vocalists Denzal Sinclaire and Audrey Shakir.

Tonight's performance will also feature an appearance from Aretha Franklin.

NPR Music will stream a live performance of the JLCO's Big Band Holidays concert on Thursday, Dec. 17. This concert has now concluded.