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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 is led by the saxophonist known as Maestro Spok.
Frank Stewart Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 9:29 am

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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World Cafe
1:06 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Soul Creole On World Cafe

Soul Creole.
John Vettese WXPN

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:39 am

For the next stop on World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., the show visits a group of young musicians who combine the two French cultures of the state. Soul Creole — led by Grammy-nominated Cajun fiddler Louis Michot and zydeco accordionist Corey Ledet — fuses Cajun and Creole music into a wild, boundary-blurring mix.

Hear a live set by the band, performed at The Blue Moon Saloon in downtown Lafayette, at the audio link.

A Blog Supreme
12:27 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

A Jazz Institution Moves Back Home To Los Angeles

Herbie Hancock and Pharrell Williams performed Williams' hit "Happy" at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition.
Imeh Akpanudosen Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 1:38 pm

Last weekend, at a sold-out, star-studded gala concert in Hollywood, Pharrell Williams and Herbie Hancock remixed Williams' hit "Happy," Kevin Spacey served up a compelling Frank Sinatra imitation singing "Fly Me To The Moon" and former President Bill Clinton offered a heartfelt reminiscence about his early days as a John Coltrane wannabe. ("Sometimes frustrated jazz musicians end up in another line of work and it ends up pretty good," he joked.) The opener was a jazz concert: Three virtuosic young trumpet players — Adam O'Farrill, Billy Buss and Marquis Hill — deftly negotiated standards.

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