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12:25 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Producer Cosimo Matassa Always Believed In New Orleans

New Orleans music didn't do as well in the 1960s, a few hits notwithstanding, as it had done. Musicians left town, major labels lost interest, and Motown and Memphis took over the black music charts. Nonetheless, the late Cosimo Matassa, who owned the only recording studio in town, kept busy. Fresh Air rock historian Ed Ward has the story today.

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Music Inside Out
6:47 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Fats Domino: The Founding Father Of Rock 'N' Roll

Fats Domino plays on the campus of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA in February, 1962.
Credit Music Inside Out

At first, there wasn’t a name for the kind of music that Fats Domino played.

He called it rhythm and blues. But Domino’s songs stretched beyond that category.

In the late 1940s, Domino was working at a mattress factory in New Orleans and playing piano at night. He’d just gotten married… and both his waistline and fan base were expanding. That’s when the bandleader Billy Diamond first called him “Fats” — and predicted he’d have an outsized career.

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Continuum
6:08 am
Sun January 18, 2015

Continuum: Bach-O-Rama

Thais St. Julien & Milton G. Scheuermann, Jr.

This week on Continuum you'll hear a program of the music of Bach. Two of the six Suites for Solo Cello will be performed by the outstanding cellist, Tess Remy-Schumacker. And excerpts from the motet repertoire of the composer will round out the program.

The music is from the two CDs: Suites for Cello Solo: Nos. 1, 2 & 3 (Tess Remy-Schumacheer) Xolo1011, and Johann Sebastian Bach Motetten (The Hilliard Ensemble) ECM 1875.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:18 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Music Inside Out: Reggie Scanlan, Bass Lion

Reggie Scanlan.
Credit Fantail Media / Flickr

There’s a reason why lions prefer the company of other lions. Just ask Reggie Scanlan. As a bass player, Scanlan worked with James Booker and Professor Longhair before starting a 33-year run with the Radiators. He’s now in a band of all-stars called the New Orleans Suspects.

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Continuum
11:20 am
Sun January 11, 2015

Continuum: Praetorius & Susato

Thais St. Julien & Milton G. Scheuermann, Jr.

Two of the most famous Renaissance composers of dance music were Michael Praetorius (1571-1521) and Tielman Susato (c.1510-1570). This week on Continuum you'll hear a wide selection of this highly spirited music.

Performing will be the famous New York Pro Musica and the New London Consort. The music by the New York Pro Musica is from a 1950s sound track of an early video of this most famous early music ensemble. CDs used are: Praetorius/Susato (New York Pro Musica) L’Oiseau-Lyre 436 132-2, and Tielman Susato: Dansereye (New London Consort) Universal UMD 80565.

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Continuum
8:56 am
Sun January 4, 2015

Continuum: New Year's — Sacred & Festive

Thais St. Julien and Milton G. Scheuermann, Jr.

Continuum this week will present a special New Year's program of early music, both sacred and secular.

The sacred music is primarily from the Manuscrit du Puy which brings together a varied group of Aquitanian monodic and polyphonic chants for the New Year from the 12th to the 16th centuries. The secular music will be spirited French estampie dances of the 14th century.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
1:37 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Music Inside Out: Tom McDermott's Piano Is A Time Machine

Tom McDermott.
Credit Gregg Goldman

The day we visited Tom McDermott’s home, the sound of James Booker’s “Classified” greeted us. It was a sweet gesture: walking into a man’s home to the sound of your radio show’s theme music.

McDermott knows how to communicate with a piano.

Blame it on Rio… and ragtime. McDermott has a piano playing style that smacks of sweet melodies, savory harmonies, and spicy Brazilian rhythm. And he serves up all three this hour. Pull up a chair, and enjoy.

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Music
4:15 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Tune In Saturday At Noon For A Live Broadcast Of Humperdinck's 'Hansel and Gretel'

Christine Rice as Hansel and Aleksandra Kurzak as Gretel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.
Credit Cory Weaver / Metropolitan Opera

The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. The performance, sung in English and presented as part of the Met's holiday series, stars soprano Heidi Stober as Gretel; mezzo-soprano Christine Rice in her network broadcast debut as Hansel; tenor Robert Brubaker as the wicked Witch who captures them; and Michaela Martens and Dwayne Croft as the parents of the wayward children; Sir Andrew Davis conducts.

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Continuum
2:19 am
Sun December 28, 2014

Continuum: The Feast of Fools

Thais St. Julien and Milton G. Scheuermann, Jr.

This week on Continuum you'll hear excerpts from the Feast of Fools, a post-European Christmas event dating from the Middle Ages.

Occurring between Christmas and Epiphany, this celebration was marked by much license and buffoonery. The clergy and the laity traded places for a day and interesting things happened, particularly in The Mass of the Ass.

You'll hear it from these CDs: The Feast of Fools (The New London Consort) L’Oiseaus-Lyre 433 194-2, and La Fete de L'Ane (Clemencic Consort) Harmonia Mundi HMT 7901036.

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Music
7:52 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Dixie Cups 'Chapel of Love' Turns 50

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 1:28 pm

[Note: This show is from a previous interview that aired on June 4, 2014.]

Fifty years ago, three young women from New Orleans hit it big with the release of their single “Chapel of Love.” The Dixie Cups song was an instant chart-topping hit on the pop and R&B charts, displacing the reigning champs of the Billboards, The Beatles, and reclaiming the charts for American musicians in the midst of the British invasion.

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