Music Interviews

1:23pm

Sat August 18, 2012
Music Interviews

Rhiannon: An Improviser Resists The Urge To Reuse

Originally published on Sat August 18, 2012 5:14 pm

"There was this sensation of going on a journey together, without seat belts," says Rhiannon of her band's first totally improvised performance. Her newest album is called Spontaneous.
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If you ever listened to jazz vocalists and wondered if you could ever in your life scat like them, there's someone who's willing to teach you. The vocalist Rhiannon has long held the importance of improvisation as a personal credo, and in her career has blended that art form with jazz, world music and storytelling.

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2:59pm

Sun August 12, 2012
Music Interviews

The Very Best: A Would-Be Lion Chaser's Backup Plan

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 2:51 pm

Esau Mwamwaya and Johan Karlberg perform and record as The Very Best.
Niall Kenny Courtesy of the artist

How do a Swedish producer and a Malawian singer end up collaborating? The partnership that became The Very Best was sparked several years ago, when Johan Karlberg stopped into a London secondhand store that was run by the Malawi-born Esau Mwamwaya, and the two started talking music.

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12:03am

Sun August 12, 2012
Music Interviews

The Zombies: Reaching Across Decades

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 7:40 am

The Zombies' Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent in the studio. The band's latest album is titled Breathe Out, Breathe In.
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The Zombies' third studio album, Odessey and Oracle, spawned what may be the band's best-known song, "Time of the Season." But the record wasn't a big success when it first came out in 1968. In fact, The Zombies' original lineup disbanded before Odessey and Oracle even came out.

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12:03am

Sat August 11, 2012
Music Interviews

Busking In Lansing, To Rave Reviews

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 11:02 am

Alexis Dawdy plays her violin on the streets of Lansing, Mich.
Scott Pohl WKAR

All summer long, Weekend Edition has been sampling the sounds of America's street musicians. The latest to catch our ear is Alexis Dawdy, a young violinist who returned to her hometown of Lansing, Mich., to study at Michigan State University — and do a little busking on the side.

"I'm actually not a music major. This is really a hobby that accidentally became a profession," Dawdy says. "I'm studying linguistics, and I'm 17 credits out from graduation. My goal is to do it debt-free, and this helps a lot. This pays for books and this pays for food."

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12:03am

Sat August 11, 2012
Music Interviews

Marian McPartland's Storied Life, Told 'In Good Time'

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 10:32 am

Marian McPartland hosted NPR's Piano Jazz for 33 years.
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More than half a century ago this week, on Aug. 12, 1958, some of the greatest jazz musicians of the day assembled in Harlem at what was, for them, the ungodly hour of 10 a.m. Fifty-seven players came to East 126th Street to have their picture taken for Esquire magazine.

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