The name that our musical guests have most consistently mentioned is Professor Longhair. It began, well, at the beginning. Longhair, whose friends call him Fess, figured into the very first answer from the very first guest on the very first Music Inside Out.
Since then, others have conjured his name when describing the best of New Orleans music. As it turns out, Longhair — who died in 1980 — remains a guiding spirit to musicians and music lovers everywhere. So as a matter of duty and privilege, we’re spreading the joy.
NPR Music is throwing a Tiny Desk contest to help fans discover unknown artists. The Tiny Desk Concerts series at NPR has long been a place to see well-known musicians, as well as a launching pad for many others. Now, we're looking for true unknowns. We're asking bands and musicians all over the country to film themselves performing one song behind a desk of their choice.
The winner will play NPR's famous Tiny Desk in Washington, D.C., and travel to Austin, Texas, in March 2015 to appear in Lagunitas' CouchTrippin' showcase.
No, not medieval football music, but this week on Continuum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present another recording of a live Musica da Camera concert. It is Music of New Orleans Medieval Saints.
Saints Included are, St. Nicholas, St. Ursula, St. Peter, St. James, and of course, St. Expeditus.
Musica da Camera is joined by the female voices of Vox Feminae. The program is from the Musica da Camera's CD, Geaux Saints, Belle Alliance BA004.
This week on Continuum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present a live recording of a recent Musica da Camera concert about Love.
The music is of diverse places and times and includes selections by medieval composers Petrus de Cruce, La Comtessa de Dia, Guillaume de Machaut and, of course, the ubiquitous Anonymous. The program is from the Musica da Camera's CD, Love Is Where You Find It, Belle Alliance BA007.
What do you get when you combine modern jazz, the music of Woody Guthrie, Delta blues, and Antonín Dvořák’s “American” String Quartet?
You get Luke Winslow-King.
Born and raised in Michigan, a crime landed him in New Orleans. But, ever the optimist, Winslow-King decided to stay. And yet, the road has been more of a home in recent years. While he’s back home now, Winslow-King spent the final months of 2013 on a European tour.
This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present early music of the Ars Nova (the musical style which flourished in France and the Burgundian Low Countries in the Late Middle Ages).
Included will be a performance of the anonymous 14th century Mass of Tournai and the music of Guillaume de Machaut (c.1300-1377). Performers include The Clemencic Consort, Ensemble Organum, and The Hilleard Ensemble.
The music is from the CD, Harmonia Mundi — Century 6, from the ten CD set of Early Music on the Harmonia Mundi label.
It’s easy to tease out the artists who’ve inspired A.J. Croce’s singing over the years — Ray Charles, Paul McCartney*, Buddy Holly, even Ray Davies of The Kinks. He loves early rock n roll and R&B. So perhaps it’s ironic that A.J. rarely sounds like his father, singer-songwriter Jim Croce, who made his mark on music in the late 1960s and early 70s.
With nine albums to his credit and more than 20 years as a touring musician, A.J. Croce is his own man, performing his own music. And a devoted fan base has shown its appreciation for the genre-busting of the younger Croce.
This week on Continnum Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien present dance music that may have been heard in The Garden of Mirth (a garden of love) from the 13th Century poem, The Romance of the Rose, an allegory of courtly love. Lovers were supposed to have met in the garden, enticed by Cupid.
Performers are members of the English early music ensemble,The Dufay Collective. The CD, A Dance in the Garden of Mirth, is Chandos CHAN 4320.