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6:17 am
Fri June 13, 2014

In Time For The World Cup, 'Explorative' New Music From Brazil

Flame Collective.
Cezar Altai Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 6:25 am

Brazilian song has a way of capturing the imagination, and Rio de Janeiro is its crucible. From maxixe and choro in the 19th century to samba and bossa nova in the 20th, Rio's history of melding rhythms with deep lyricism has been extraordinary.

For Brazilians, these songs have even greater significance. In a country where formal education is still not open to all, popular song offers a sentimental education.

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
8:36 am
Thu June 12, 2014

John Ellis, Darcy James Argue On JazzSet

Saxophonist John Ellis (center) performs with Matt Perrine (left) on sousaphone at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 1:27 pm

As we re-release these two sets from Newport, saxophonist John Ellis (leader of one, player in the other) is leading workshops in Portugal and Italy. Darcy James Argue has released a studio recording of Brooklyn Babylon, and his Secret Society tied with the Maria Schneider Orchestra for the Big Band of 2013 in the just-out DownBeat Critics Poll.

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The Fresh Air Interview
1:43 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together

Dave (left) and Phil Alvin.
Beth Herzhaft Courtesy of the artist

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Mountain Stage
1:50 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Keb' Mo' On Mountain Stage

Keb' Mo'.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:10 pm

Keb' Mo' appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Born Kevin Moore in Los Angeles, he first visited Mountain Stage nearly 20 years ago, around the time he first adopted the stage name he now uses. In the time since, he has won three Grammy Awards and become one of the world's most decorated living performers of blues and roots music.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
9:47 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Amina Figarova On Piano Jazz

Amina Figarova.
Zak Shelby Szyszko Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 10:46 am

  • Listen: Amina Figarova On Piano Jazz

Amina Figarova grew up in the former Soviet state of Azerbaijan. Her early musical experiences included plenty of American jazz — both of her parents were music fans — but her mother particularly enjoyed the music of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.

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