Jazz legend Herb Alpert and his wife, Lani Hall, are both Grammy winners, and Alpert, who co-founded A&M Records, has sold over 75 million albums in a career that dates back to the late 1950s. They join host Scott Simon to talk about their new album, Steppin' Out.
International rap artist Blitz the Ambassador grew up listening to Public Enemy in Ghana. Now he's bringing an African flavor to American hip-hop. Blitz speaks to host Michel Martin about his upcoming album, Afropolitan Dreams. This segment initially aired Sept. 9, 2013 on Tell Me More.
One evening, a 20-year-old Steve Swallow went home, dropped out of Yale and moved to New York City to play jazz. Eventually, he'd play with many modern masters, discover the bass guitar and meet his partner in music and life Carla Bley — who was once married to his mentor.
Nine-time Grammy winner John Legend is an R&B superstar with a new marriage and a new album, Love in the Future. He talks with host Michel Martin about his life and work. This segment initially aired Oct. 31, 2013 on Tell Me More.
Multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning musician John Mayer joins NPR for a special Thanksgiving performance and interview Thursday. Mayer's vocal chords were damaged by a growth two years ago, but have healed after a series of treatments including surgery and Botox injections. In this preview of their conversation, Mayer talks with Ari Shapiro about what it was like to get his voice back.
Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs. For The Beatles: The BBC Archives, executive producer Kevin Howlett had to search for many of these recordings, and they weren't easy to find.
A linchpin of "cool" jazz in the 1950s and '60s, he assembled bands that came to be described as chamber jazz, full of unusual textures and future star talent. Hamilton, who continued performing into his ninth decade, was 92.
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