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Reissue Of Thelonious Monk's 'Riverside Recordings' Shows A Star On The Rise

Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a reissue of The Complete Riverside Recordings of pianist Thelonious Monk. He says it's really the story of two men: Monk and late record producer Orrin Keepnews.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 22, 2015

You can watch and hear local actors and musicians demonstrate their talents. Teenagers perform a Shakespeare play and D.C.-area bands hit the stage at a popular music venue.


Songwriter Wayne Carson Dies At 72

Wayne Carson was a prolific songwriter who hit the top of the country and pop charts. He was best known for songs that included "Always On My Mind," recorded by both Elvis Presley and Willie Nelson.

A Return To Ragas: Family Matters For Sitar Player Anoushka Shankar

For her latest album, Home, Shankar has returned to the classical training she'd absorbed from her father, the late Ravi Shankar.

'Sonic Trickster' Miguel Blends Genres And Melodies On 'Wildheart'

Singer-songwriter Miguel mixes rock, pop, hip-hop, reggae and funk on his new album. Critic Ken Tucker says the musical slight-of-hand that results is "excitingly diverse and vivid."

Written Then, Heard Now: Reimagining Old Texts Through Global Songs

KPFK's Betto Arcos spins four time-traveling songs that repurpose old texts — including an Iraqi poem and a folk song from Communist Albania — by setting them to modern music from around the world.

The Orchestral-Rock-Folk-Synth-Jazz Sound Of L'anarchiste

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Rob LeCheminant and Alex Gilvarry of the Utah-based band L'anarchiste. The band's new album, Giant, is a blend of classical and folk, synthesized and acoustic.

After 20 Years, New Orleans Band Galactic Lifts Off With New Voices

The band might not have a permanent lead singer, but on the new album Into The Deep, the musicians show just how well they've learned to play with others.

Leaving Los Angeles: Rickie Lee Jones Turns A Decade Into An Album

The new album The Other Side of Desire marks Jones' first original material in years, spurred on by a life-changing move to New Orleans.

'Songs Of Salvation': Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer's Music

The civil rights activist was a musician as well. A new collection of her music, Songs My Mother Taught Me, has just been reissued by the Smithsonian Institution.