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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
11:37 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

A Jazz Piano Christmas 2014

Harold Mabern, Lynne Arriale, Kris Davis and Cyrus Chestnut.
Courtesy of the artists

Every year, NPR Music invites a handful of the world's top keyboard players to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. We ask them to play some of their favorite holiday music for the audience — solo — and the recording becomes the public radio special A Jazz Piano Christmas.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
11:18 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Ellis Marsalis' 80th Birthday Concert

Ellis Marsalis.
Courtesy of the artist

Ellis Marsalis is a father figure of modern jazz — in quite a few ways. As a pianist, he was among the first generation of musicians to bring bebop to New Orleans, and even worked with Ornette Coleman before the saxophonist recorded his landmarks of free jazz. As an educator, many great musicians came through Marsalis' tutelage, whether in New Orleans' arts high school or at various university programs. And of course, he is also the actual father of several exceptional musicians named Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason Marsalis.

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Jazz Night In America: The Radio Program
9:44 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

SpokFrevo Orquestra: Carnival And Jazz

The SpokFrevo Orquestra.
Beto Figueiroa Courtesy of the artist

During Carnival in Brazil, music fills the streets. And often, that music is frevo, a genre drawing from marches, Brazilian quadrilha, polka and classical music.

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World Cafe
1:20 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

The History, And Future, Of Zydeco

Herman Fusilier.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:38 am

World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., has to include a long look at zydeco music. As the host of The Zydeco Stomp on KRVS — and food and culture editor of the Lafayette newspaper The Daily Advertiser -- Herman Fusilier has made zydeco his life. Here, Fusilier discusses the differences between Cajun music and zydeco, the many styles of zydeco, and why he's not worried about the genre's future.

World Cafe
1:13 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band On World Cafe

CJ Chenier.
Noah Silvestry XPN

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:38 am

When the "King Of Zydeco" Clifton Chenier died in 1989, his son CJ Chenier, already part of the famous Red Hot Louisiana Band, shouldered the accordion and followed in his father's footsteps. This past July, World Cafe talked with the younger Chenier — who was performing at the XPoNential Music Festival in Philadelphia — about growing up with zydeco and what it was like to take over his father's band.

Hear the conversation and full set at the audio link.

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