Music

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
6:30 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Chefs Pair Music With Their Recipes

Chef Josh Galliano
Credit Seán Collins

Commercial kitchens are the workplaces (and playgrounds) of some of the most inventive people around and they have some of the best soundtracks on the planet.

When your dinner reservation is still just a pencil mark in a ledger, long before the candles are lit, before the linen table cloths are smoothed and the cutlery is placed just so, your favorite restaurants are suffused with great music. Rock 'n' roll, gut-bucket blues, country, funk, ska, and jazz make the food taste better because the chefs are listening. And their musical taste is just as refined as any other.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
10:52 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Meschiya Lake: Modern-Day Chanteuse

Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns
Credit Babs Evangelista

Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns have been playing together as a band since 2009. But their repertoire suggests a much longer, deeper history, dating back to the early part of the last century, when people were buying phonographs and drinking absinthe in its original form.

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Jazz New Orleans
11:54 am
Mon November 18, 2013

November 8, 2013 Jazz New Orleans With Fred Kasten

Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" John Ellis - with sousaphone virtuoso Matt Perrine

This week's Jazz New Orleans features Tom McDermott, Terence Blanchard, The Caribbean Jazz Project, Rene Marie, John McLaughlin, Karrin Allyson, Stan Getz, Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove — and an extended conversation with our "Player of the Week", saxophonist and composer John Ellis.

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Jazz New Orleans
1:28 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

November 15, 2013 Jazz New Orleans With Fred Kasten

Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" Randy Brecker

This week Jazz New Orleans features Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Chick Corea, Tierney Sutton, Leroy Jones, Miles Davis, Art Tatum, Donald Harrison — and an extended conversation with our "Player of the Week" — Randy Brecker.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
9:59 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Caleb Elliott & New Releases

Singer-songwriter Caleb Elliott

At their best, pop songs conjure exactly what it’s like to be young. The stories are often simple. But they’re not so easy to write. Because the best pop songs take on the same themes as a great epic poem or a Wagnerian opera. Pop is about the loss of innocence.

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The Record
9:44 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Street Queens Bury Competition In Brass Band Blowout

The Pinettes Brass Band parading into the judges area on Saturday.
Courtesy of Matt Sakakeeny

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 1:22 pm

As the pallbearers carried the casket through the streets of New Orleans, a brass band led the procession with the slow dirge "Just a Closer Walk With Thee." But this was no jazz funeral, this was a brass band blowout, and painted on the coffin were the names of competing bands: New Breed, New Generation and To Be Continued.

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Jazz New Orleans
10:48 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

November 1, 2013 Jazz New Orleans With Fred Kasten

Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" Gregg Stafford
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Jazz New Orleans
2:38 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

October 25, 2013 Jazz New Orleans With Fred Kasten

Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" Roseanna Vitro

This week's Jazz New Orleans, featuring Shirley Horn, Bobby McFerrin, Joe Henderson, Roy Hargrove, Al Grey, Jimmy McGriff, Cubanismo — and an extended conversation with Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" Roseanna Vitro...

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Ecstatic Voices
11:13 am
Sun October 27, 2013

Accordions, Beer And God: Zydeco In Gran Texas

After years of attending church dances, Step Rideau says he was moved to connect with his heritage on a deeper level.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 4:07 pm

The modest, cream-colored '50s-era chapel that's home to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Houston looks like many other places of worship you might find in urban America. The first clue to a unique tradition here pulls up Sunday afternoon.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
7:55 am
Sat October 26, 2013

John Boutté: An Irrepressible Voice

John Boutté is hard to intimidate. He may be the only guy who has ever told Stevie Wonder that his singing was flat. Boutté's observation, during a chance encounter with Wonder, changed his life for good. What's more, it made our lives better.

For more than 20 years, Boutté has built a career writing and performing his own songs, as well as re-interpreting the signature work of others. This week, Boutté tells Music Inside Out how he got so good at finding lyrics to suit his voice, his tenderness, his outrage and his legendary sass.

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