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April 17, 2015 Comment

DJ Sessions: Swing And Vintage Jazz

Rob Bamberger, longtime host of “Hot Jazz Saturday Night” on WAMU, brings us sounds from Jelly Roll Morton to Artie Shaw.

April 17, 2015 Comment

Jane Scott: Pioneering Rock & Roll Journalist

The archives of Plain Dealer music writer Jane Scott are being organized and digitized at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

April 16, 2015 14 Comments

Peter Wolf Talks About The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

The J. Geils Band frontman will be inducting the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend in Cleveland.

April 14, 2015 Comment

Andris Nelsons Settles In At The Boston Symphony Orchestra

The Latvian conductor took over as musical director of the BSO in 2013. Since then, he and the orchestra have released their first album.

April 14, 2015 5 Comments

The Life Of A NYC Bluesman

Michael Powers is a blues guitarist and vocalist who has made his professional home at Terra Blues.

April 13, 2015 Comment

Singer Ledisi On ‘Selma’ And ‘Intimate Truth’

R&B and jazz singer Ledisi portrayed gospel legend Mahalia Jackson in the movie “Selma.” She’s out with a new album, “Intimate Truth.”

April 10, 2015 Comment

Street Art Meets Ballet In Miami

One of the country’s most sought-after choreographers has teamed up with Shepard Fairey, one the country’s most famous street artists.

April 10, 2015 Comment

Inside The Musical Mind Of Composer Philip Glass

The composer of operas, film scores and symphonies is out with curiously-titled memoir, “Words Without Music.”

April 8, 2015 7 Comments

DJ Sessions: Hawaiian Sounds, From Jesse Kalima To Nohelani Cypriano

Colett Welch, host of “Ho’onanea” on KKCR community radio in Hanalei, Hawaii, shares some of her favorite Hawaiian music.

April 8, 2015 Comment

A Capella Is More Popular Than Ever, Thanks To This Guy

Deke Sharon is the vocal producer behind the TV show “The Sing-Off” and the movies “Pitch Perfect” and “Pitch Perfect 2.”

April 2, 2015 3 Comments

LED Cello Lights Up The Stage

Renowned cellist Maya Beiser is playing an instrument that’s nearly as intense as she is: an electric cello enhanced with LED lights.

March 31, 2015 Comment

Jay Z Reveals Plan For Streaming Service Tidal

The hip-hop mogul says the majority of the company he bought – a subscription music streaming service – will be owned by artists.

March 31, 2015 2 Comments

DJ Sessions: Beyond Kendrick Lamar

KCRW’s Anthony Valadez shares new jazz and rap selections, including Kamasi Washington (pictured) and DJ Khalab.

March 30, 2015 2 Comments

‘Twenty Feet From Stardom’s’ Lisa Fischer Returns Center Stage

Once a back up singer to the Rolling Stones and Tina Turner, Lisa Fischer is now back on the road as the star.

March 25, 2015 4 Comments

DJ Sessions: Opera Greats Past And Present

Peter Van de Graaf shares some of his favorites, from the late German tenor Fritz Wunderlich to American soprano Renee Fleming.

March 19, 2015 Comment

DJ Sessions: Sam Cooke Fans – Listen Up

KCRW’s Aaron Byrd shares new songs from a number of artists, including from Leon Bridges.

March 13, 2015 Comment

A Polka Revival In Cleveland

The Chardon Polka Band is building a national following with its version of accordion music.

March 12, 2015 Comment

DJ Sessions: From Kentucky To The 90s

Kyle Meredith shares new sounds from Kentucky, including My Morning Jacket, as well as 90s-inspired bands, like Speedy Ortiz.

March 11, 2015 5 Comments

What The ‘Blurred Lines’ Verdict Means For The Music Industry

The outcome of the copyright case surprised one expert who says the “protectable elements” of the songs were “quite different.”

March 5, 2015 Comment

DJ Sessions: Funk, Electronica And Dolly Parton

KCRW’s Jeremy Sole shares new music from the London producer Romare, a remix of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and more.

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

April 17 3 Comments

22,000 Miles Later, Adventurer Prepares For 3,000-Mile Solo Row Across Atlantic

Sarah Outen, 29, began her self-propelled round-the-world voyage in 2011 in London. The final leg would make history.

April 17 7 Comments

Interior Secretary On Parks, Funding And Polarization In Washington

Sally Jewell, who oversees agencies including the National Park Service, discusses some of the efforts underway, and biggest challenges.

April 16 9 Comments

Oklahoma City Bombing Juror Looks Back

Mike Leeper was Juror No. 5 in Timothy McVeigh's trial for the 1995 terror attack that killed 168 people.

April 15 Comment

‘Institutional Memory’ Of U.S. Senate To Retire

Donald Ritchie has spent nearly 40 years keeping track of Senate lore and delivering weekly historical minutes to Senate lawmakers.