RSS Feed

Marin Alsop's Guide To Mendelssohn's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Inspired by Shakespeare, Mendelssohn captures all the magic and frivolity in the music he wrote for the Bard's otherworldy play.

Donovan To Be Inducted Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame

The singer-songwriter wrote several '60s folk rock hippie anthems, including "Sunshine Superman." He spoke to Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 2004.
WAMU 88.5

D.C. Jazz History (Rebroadcast)

Even before jazz came into its own, D.C. was a hub of black music, with clubs along U Street drawing racially diverse crowds in a city that was otherwise segregated. As jazz developed and artists from and traveling through the District...


Saturn Still Swings: Celebrating Sun Ra At 100

"In my music I speak of unknown things, impossible things, ancient things, potential things," the influential and eccentric jazz musician once said. "No two songs tell the same story."
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

D.C. Jazz Festival, 10th Anniversary

More than 125 performances across dozens of venues make the DC Jazz Festival the largest music festival in Washington, D.C.


Heir To A Jazz Legacy, A Trumpeter Finds His Own Way

Theo Croker is a descendant of old-school New Orleans jazz royalty, but his fusion of different genres is anything but traditional.

Led Zeppelin Sued Over 'Stairway To Heaven' Guitar Line

Did a band from Los Angeles get ripped off by Led Zeppelin? That's the claim made in a new lawsuit by representatives of the band Spirit, which played some dates with the British rock legends.

Six Decades Later, A Long-Lost Hank Williams Recording Resurfaces

A recently re-discovered recording of Hank Williams is getting a release. Guest host Colin Escott and Jett Williams speak about the recording, called The Garden Spot Recordings, 1950.
Saturday, May 31, 2014

34th Annual Washington Folk Festival

The Washington area celebrates traditional music, dance, storytelling and craftsmanship at Glen Echo park this year for the 34th Annual Washington Folk Festival.


How Do You Wring Sound From Sculpture? It Takes A 'Quiet Pride'

Jazz bassist Rufus Reid has played with just about everybody in the mainstream jazz world, but his latest project is a work exploring the intersection of music and the visual arts.