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Remembrances
3:43 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

'Fresh Air' Remembers Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 8:19 am

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:38 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Rodney Crowell: Tiny Desk Concert

Rodney Crowell performs at a Tiny Desk in May 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 10:54 am

Rodney Crowell performs with the ease and swagger of a man comfortable in his ways. He carries his songs the way he carries his old guitar: out in the open, no case, almost as an extension of his body.

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Music Interviews
3:48 am
Mon June 16, 2014

The Antlers: Holding A Light To The Darkness Within

The Antlers (from left): Peter Silberman, Darby Cicci and Michael Lerner.
Marc Lemoine Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 12:18 pm

A few years ago, Peter Silberman was recovering from a breakup that has haunted him. He decided to write an entire album about it for his band, The Antlers, and he made a risky artistic choice: He used a patient dying of bone cancer as a metaphor for the girlfriend he was refusing to let go of.

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Music Interviews
5:12 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Willie Nelson Dusts Off His Songwriting Chops

Willie Nelson
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 6:38 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Again thanks for listening. This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

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Music Interviews
7:26 am
Sun June 15, 2014

'SNL' Music Director Writes A Finnish 'Prescription'

Lenny Pickett has played in the SNL band for 29 years.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 4:10 pm

You may not immediately recognize the name Lenny Pickett. But if you've watched Saturday Night Live in the last 30 years, you've heard him.

The curly-haired saxophonist is there, wailing front and center, every week as the host enters the stage. He's been with the house band for nearly 30 years, and the show's musical director since 1995.

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Music Interviews
8:04 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Orbison's Lost Tracks Included In 'Mystery Girl' Re-Issue

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 8:20 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Rock 'n Roll has its thrills, but who gave it the best trills?

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "OH, PRETTY WOMAN")

SIMON: Roy Orbison.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "OH, PRETTY WOMAN")

ROY ORBISON: (Singing) Mercy. Pretty woman, won't you pardon me. Pretty woman, I couldn't help but see. Pretty woman, and you look lovely as can be. Are you lonely just like me?

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert

Paco Pena performs at the Tiny Desk in April 2014.
Meredith Rizzo Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 10:07 am

Eliot Fisk looks like the happiest man on the planet. Watch that face as he plays guitar. Between performing music by J.S. Bach and partnering with the world's best flamenco guitarist, Paco Peña, Fisk can barely control his joy. I find his exuberance and their performance undeniably brilliant, inspiring and so completely universal.

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Music Interviews
6:23 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Jenny Scheinman Reaches Out To Her Father In Song

Jenny Scheinman made her name in the New York City jazz scene, but she grew up on a bluff in Northern California's Humboldt County, where she now lives again.
Joshua Black Wilkins Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 9:31 pm

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The Fresh Air Interview
3:43 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

In Big Bill Broonzy's Blues, Brothers Find A Way To Sing Together

Dave (left) and Phil Alvin.
Beth Herzhaft Courtesy of the artist

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Live in Concert
5:01 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

tUnE-yArDs In Concert

Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, performing live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
NPR

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 10:26 am

A live performance by tUnE-yArDs is as thrilling and unshakeable as the music itself. For this set, recorded live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., Merrill Garbus, the mad genius behind tUnE-yArDs brought along two frenetic dancers and backup singers, an extra percussionist, a bassist, and two enormous pairs of glittery blue eyes that stared the audience down from the back of the stage.

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