Music

Tiny Desk Concerts
2:45 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Brass Bed: Tiny Desk Concert

Brass Bed performs a Tiny Desk Concert in January 2014.
Jim Tuttle/NPR NPR

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 2:12 pm

It wasn't an easy road to the Tiny Desk for the four guys from Louisiana who make up Brass Bed. Their tour, for the band's debut album The Secret Will Keep You, was plagued from the start: Singer Christiaan Mader had the flu, there was a death in the family and multiple dates had to be canceled. Their van was broken into and their instruments stolen. So when they heard that a big snowstorm was headed for D.C. at the same time they were to play the Tiny Desk, it felt like yet another bad omen.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
12:25 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Irma Thomas And The 'Irma Sound'

Credit Rick Diamond / Flickr

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More than six billion people live on the planet, and yet relatively few human voices are recognizable to the naked ear.

Irma Thomas has one of those voices.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
3:46 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Songs For The Soul

Remnants of Mardi Gras
Credit Treewoman8 / Flickr

The excesses of the Carnival season are over. So this week, we're playing sacred music with a foothold in Louisiana. Some songs are religious. Some are not. But they're guaranteed to help you get ready for Easter, or Passover, or whatever day you have circled on the calendar.

Mahalia Jackson, John Boutté, Branford Marsalis, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint and Davell Crawford are in the mix. And so is the brass band that wants to know, "Whatcha gonna do for the rest of your life? Whatcha gonna do to make it right?"

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Music
7:21 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

In Rio, A Universe Of Samba

Sitting around what looks like a conference table with a small group of musicians, guitarist Moacyr Luz (center) leads his samba group.
Courtesy of QK

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 5:31 pm

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Music
7:19 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

DJ Sessions: The Music Of Mardi Gras

Al 'Carnival Time' Johnson performs with New Orleans All-Star R&B Revue hosted by Deacon John at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Race Course on April 26, 2009 in New Orleans. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 3:49 pm

On this Fat Tuesday, the music of Mardi Gras will ring through the streets of New Orleans — during parades, at bars and from residents’ homes.

Producer and DJ George Ingmire  of WWOZ in New Orleans tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson two quintessential Mardi Gras songs are “Mardi Gras Mambo” by the Hawketts and “Carnival Time” by Al “Carnival Time” Johnson.

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Professor Longhair
6:53 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

New Orleans Piano Legend's Home Finally Restored After Katrina

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 9:34 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Professor Longhair's house has been saved. Now, last year we brought you a story about the piano legend and the nationwide effort to rebuild his home following Hurricane Katrina. Henry Roeland Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair, is widely considered to be the father of modern New Orleans music. He died in 1980, but at carnival time especially, it's evident that Professor Longhair's influence endures. Now, his house will too. Gwen Thompkins brings us this story of music and more.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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Music
6:44 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

The Soundtrack Of The World's Biggest Street Party

Samba isn't just for the musicians who work the scene in Rio. Singer Maria Rita is from São Paulo in southern Brazil; she recorded a samba album several years ago and will release a second this spring.
Tribo Productions

Originally published on Sat March 1, 2014 10:29 am

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
5:15 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Highlights: Music For The Last Days Of Carnival

Credit Derek Bridges / Flickr

There’s plenty of music in the streets of New Orleans this week, so why should the airwaves be any different? (Or the internet, for that matter.)

We’ve put together a Highlights show with some of our favorite moments from recent programs: hand-picked, home-cured, house-made audio wonderfulness.

Sit back, click play, and enjoy. Oh, you can hear much more from each of the featured artists by following the links.  

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Mardi Gras
9:07 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Combined Landry-Walker High School Marching Into Mardi Gras

Landry–Walker High School students practicing for their first combined Mardi Gras parading season.
Nina Feldman WWNO

In August of last year, O. Perry Walker and L.B. Landry High Schools combined to form one larger school in a state-of-the-art facility.

The merger of the two Algiers high schools, now called L.B. Landry–O.P. Walker College and Career Preparatory High School, was controversial among residents and alumni: public debate raged over everything from student uniforms to the school's official name.

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Song Travels
11:03 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Allen Toussaint On 'Song Travels'

Allen Toussaint.
Glade Bilby II Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 3:27 pm

Pianist, singer, composer and producer Allen Toussaint is one of the leading figures of New Orleans R&B.

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