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World Cafe
1:42 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Van Hunt On World Cafe

Van Hunt.
Hannah Mattix

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 3:27 pm

Van Hunt is something like a cross between Thelonious Monk and Prince: throaty and suave yet artistic, bold and a little weird. His inventive style speaks to his strong will, a trait that propelled the college dropout to move from his home in Ohio to the music hub of Atlanta.

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All Songs Considered Blog
12:36 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

The Drop: Jessie Ware's Gently Seductive '110%'

Courtesy of Universal Island

Originally published on Mon January 14, 2013 3:25 pm

Over the past year, I've seen Jessie Ware's name pop up on my radar over and over again. She's a singer with plenty of sweetness in her tone, who's often set herself atop savory beats from electronic artists like SBTRKT and Julio Bashmore.

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Mountain Stage
11:00 am
Thu August 23, 2012

The Kruger Brothers On Mountain Stage

The Kruger Brothers on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, alongside their longtime bassist, Joel Landsberg. Now living in North Carolina, Jens and Uwe were raised in Europe, where they grew up listening to the American bluegrass records that their father would bring back to their native Switzerland. ("We also come from the mountains," Jens Kruger joked with the audience.)

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JazzSet
10:50 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Kevin Eubanks On JazzSet

Note the message on Kevin Eubanks' cap: "Meet You at the Blue Room." It's a nice club in Kansas City, in the historic district where Count Basie, Lester Young and Mary Lou Williams used to play.
Len Katz Photography

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 9:25 am

Kevin Eubanks (briefly) and saxophonist Bill Pierce (in the mid 1980s) both played in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the two-generation-spanning band that is so very important in jazz from 1950s through the '80s. Now Pierce chairs the Woodwinds Department at Berklee College.

Eubanks and Marvin Smith were in The Tonight Show band together for 15 years, with guitar riffs and rim shots for Jay Leno Monday through Friday. "Smitty" brought Los Angeles bassist Rene Camacho into this group.

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Music
10:28 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Juanes Changes Course On English-Language Songs

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 2:59 pm

Colombian superstar Juanes has been dominating music charts in the Spanish-speaking world for years. Now, the award-winning musician has decided to crossover to English-language music. Guest host Viviana Hurtado sits down with Juanes about his music and his social activism.

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