Jazz & Blues

Sony Pictures Classics
October 14, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Audie Cornish speaks with actor J.K. Simmons about his much buzzed about performance as a brutal music teacher in the new film Whiplash.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 8, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Melissa Block and music critic Tom Moon discuss the thrill of intimacy on three new albums by duos.
 

NPR
October 4, 2014 | NPR · When he gets a chance to be the frontman, the Brooklyn trombonist runs a nifty jazz quartet. Assisted by vocalist Camila Meza (and by employer Sufjan Stevens, in absentia), Catharsis visits NPR.
 

Courtesy of the artist
September 13, 2014 | NPR · On a new tribute to Waller, Moran explores his subject’s many contradictions: “The son of a preacher, the man who likes to drink, the man who finds his sorrow but expresses it through comedy.”
 

Courtesy of the artist
September 4, 2014 | NPR · One of Europe’s biggest jazz stars, pianist Stefano Bollani is also a TV personality, a published author and, his friends attest, a skilled impressionist.
 

ECM Records
September 4, 2014 | NPR · Turner’s new quartet album Lathe of Heaven gets its name from Ursula K. LeGuin’s novel. A lot of action happens at thoughtful medium tempos, and there’s beautiful dissonance in the two-horn harmonies.
 

Courtesy of the artist
August 30, 2014 | NPR · The tuba was the first bass instrument in jazz, until it was replaced by the string bass. For nearly 50 years, Bob Stewart has been trying to carve out a new niche for his instrument in modern jazz.
 

The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images
August 24, 2014 | NPR · The late-’50s detective series Peter Gunn was popular, but Henry Mancini’s music for it became iconic. NPR’s Linda Wertheimer finds out what makes the jazzy score so indelible.
 

Courtesy of the artist
August 7, 2014 | NPR · The virtuoso jazz musicians perform from their new album of duets. It features hymns based on a tradition called shape-note singing, which dates to the early 1800s.
 

Getty
August 1, 2014 | NPR · Since its inception in 1954, the event has survived rainstorms, genre wars and a few near-riots. Producer George Wein says it survives for the same reason jazz does — the musicians love to perform.
 

 

Comments are closed.

News

AP
October 21, 2014 | NPR · Arrivals from West African countries where the epidemic is raging will be subject to secondary screening at JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago.
 

NPR
October 21, 2014 | NPR · Some Israelis are flying to China to buy most everything they need to furnish a home. They say it’s cheaper than buying in Israel, though there are also cautionary tales of shopping trips gone wrong.
 

Washington City Paper
October 21, 2014 | NPR · If you’re sipping craft cocktails, your fancy $15 drink might now come with fancy ice. It’s bigger, clearer and allegedly better tasting than the regular stuff made with tap water.
 

Arts & Life

Washington City Paper
October 21, 2014 | NPR · If you’re sipping craft cocktails, your fancy $15 drink might now come with fancy ice. It’s bigger, clearer and allegedly better tasting than the regular stuff made with tap water.
 

Getty Images
October 21, 2014 | NPR · The online retailer has reached a multiyear deal with Simon & Schuster, one of the “Big Five” U.S. publishers. Meanwhile, Amazon’s pricing dispute with Hachette Book Group persists.
 

TED
October 21, 2014 | NPR · Psychologist Meg Jay answers your questions on making the most of your twenties — the developmental sweet spot — that defines the rest of your life.
 

Music

Mountain Stage
October 21, 2014 | NPR · Hear a live performance from the prodigiously gifted bluegrass mandolin player and singer.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 21, 2014 | NPR · The Baltimore shoegaze band bends space with a seismic guitar, washes it in a mess of crashing cymbals and coos sweetly in a dreamy pop song.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 21, 2014 | WXPN · The D.C. band plays briskly catchy, piano-based pop songs from its self-titled fourth record.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab