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World Cafe
8:07 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Sonny Landreth On World Cafe

Sonny Landreth.
Brittany Salerno WXPN

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 8:36 am

It's fitting that World Cafe ends its Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., with a performance from Sonny Landreth. The inventive and unpredictable slide-guitar player is a longtime Lafayette resident and a perfect ambassador for the city's music. Landreth's first sideman gig was with zydeco king Clifton Chenier, and several of his songs — like "Congo Square" — have become Louisiana standards.

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

A Jazz Piano Christmas 2014

Harold Mabern, Kris Davis, Lynne Arriale and Cyrus Chestnut perform at A Jazz Piano Christmas 2014.

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 12:04 am

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 celebrates his 80th birthday in concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Lawrence Sumulong Jazz at Lincoln Center

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 12:12 am

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 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.