Sat July 19, 2014
marc on the blues

Booker T. Laury Proves Not All Musicians Are Driven To Be Stars

Born in Memphis, Booker T. Laury played Blues, Barrelhouse, Boogie-woogie and Jazz and he was a pianist and vocalist. What he was not was a fame seeker.

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Sat July 19, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Marisa Anderson: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 9:56 am

Marisa Anderson performs a Tiny Desk Concert.

Marisa Anderson knows where American guitar music has been and where it is now, and probably possesses an inkling of where it can go. She's studied the history and musical nuance of blues, country and folk music through and through, and ingests it all in a style that's as raw as it true. But mostly, Anderson just wants to kick up some dirt — which isn't easy here, given that the NPR Music offices are relatively clean. (Mind the towering stacks of CDs, though. They could topple over at any time.)

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Sat July 19, 2014
Music Interviews

Fred Hersch Floats On, With A Dynamic Trio In Tow

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 9:45 am

Jazz pianist Fred Hersch released his latest album, a trio recording called Floating, in July.
Vincent Soyez Courtesy of the artist

The last time Fred Hersch was featured on Weekend Edition Saturday, the headline read, "Back On Stage By No Small Miracle." It was 2009, and scarcely a year earlier, the jazz pianist had suffered AIDS-related dementia and fallen into a coma for several months. Since recovering, Hersch has come roaring back to music, releasing a string of live albums to critical success.

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Fri July 18, 2014
The Fresh Air Interview

'Live In The Present': Charlie Haden Remembered

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 1:22 pm

Charlie Haden plays upright bass with Keith Jarrett's band in New York City, 1975.
Jack Vartoogian Getty Images


Thu July 17, 2014
Goats and Soda

She's Got A Perfect Afro — And A Melodious Vision For African Musicians

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 1:58 pm

Ethiopian-born singer Meklit Hadero shows off her guitar chops and her perfect afro.
Cody Pickens

In February, Ethiopian-born singer Meklit Hadero was flying home from Uganda to the U.S. when her plane had to land unexpectedly near the Arctic Circle. It was so cold that to keep her fingers warm she put on oven mitts (decorated with an African print) that she'd bought to bring home.

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