Jose James knows jazz. The son of a Panamanian jazz saxophonist, he studied at the prestigious New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, was a finalist in 2004's Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocalist Competition and recently toured with legendary jazz pianist McCoy Tyner.
Thirty years after presenting its first concerts in San Francisco, the organization SFJAZZ has built a permanent home and performance venue. The SFJAZZ Center, conceived as the first stand-alone building for jazz in the U.S., opens with a star-studded concert on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at 11p.m. WWOZ, WBGO and NPR Music will team up for a live radio and online video broadcast of the concert.
Sean Lennon, son of John and Yoko, is drawn to musical collaboration and repelled by hydraulic fracturing.
The 37-year-old just released two albums: the improvisational project Mystical Weapons and the score to the independent film Alter Egos.
Writing For Film
Lennon only appears in Alter Egos for a few seconds; the majority of his efforts went into writing the music, which he had to do twice. He describes the film as a "kitsch comedy about superheroes," and his first attempt at the music took a similar vibe.
Tune if for live music and a chat with local musician Jesse Henry. He'll be returning to Kenya to start a music program at the Rafiki AIDS Orphanage Feb. 5-25. He'll tell us all about this great cause and the instrument donation/fundraising event taking place at Woodland's Tavern on Sat. Jan. 26th from 3-5PM. And we'll also hear about all his music projects too!
Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 5:49 pm
I once made the mistake of listening to Portal with the lights off before bed. Other than the night following my near-victory at a fried-chicken-eating contest, I'd never had such messed-up dreams in my life.
New York City's Hollis Brown (a band, not a man) will play a few songs live for us during The Global Village! Tune in for a chance to win tickets for the show that night at The Rumba Cafe and hear what they've been up to since their debut release Hollis Brown! Listen here!
Griffin will be stopping by studio a during the 11am hour to share his music, and his memories of growing up in Ohio. Currently touring all over the country, he will be performing at the basement later that evening. He's released several cds since his first, which was recorded in only five days.
Originally published on Fri January 25, 2013 7:31 pm
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Widowspeak is a fount of familiar sounds, from early-'90s shoegazer rock to twangily portentous Western soundtracks to the languidly soft pop of Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval. But the Brooklyn-based duo of Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas fuses them all into a hazy swirl and gives them a kick of buzzy energy — and, in the process, gives the music a dreamy pop sound of its own.
The Freight Hoppers, the string band out of Bryson City, TN. will perform a few songs live during the Global Village. Be sure to tune in for some music rooted deep in Southern tradition and and a chance to win tickets for the show that night at Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza!
Bob Dylan has made some puzzling moves in his celebrated career, but the compilation that his record label recently released may be as odd as anything he's ever put out.
The compilation, 50th Anniversary Collection, is a limited-edition, four-CD set that was only released in Europe. It seems to have been designed by the label to exploit a recent change in European copyright law.
On this edition of All Songs Considered we've got a bunch of new-year premieres for you, including a special collaboration between Tom Waits and Keith Richards. The two veteran musicians recorded a song together for a new compilation album called Son Of Rogue's Gallery, and we guarantee it's not at all what you'd expect. Do the word's "sea chantey" mean anything to you?