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Mountain Stage
3:54 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Great Lake Swimmers On Mountain Stage

Great Lake Swimmers perform on Mountain Stage at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn.
Stephan Hoglund Mountain Stage.

Early in this show, fellow guest Tim O'Brien joked that the Ontario-based Great Lake Swimmers "had better get started" if they hoped to make it to the show on time. They didn't actually swim – but it was still great to have the Toronto band on an episode of Mountain Stage recorded on the shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minn.

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Favorite Sessions
3:30 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

The Cookers: A Bebop Supergroup

The Cookers.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 11:39 am

If we were to make a list of all the recording and composing credits of the members of The Cookers, it would go on for many pages. The band is an amazing collection of veteran jazz musicians: Billy Hart (drums), Cecil McBee (bass), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), David Weiss (trumpet), Billy Harper (sax) and George Cables (piano).

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World Cafe
2:42 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Tracy Grammer On World Cafe

Tracy Grammer.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 9:42 am

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the death of singer-songwriter Dave Carter from a sudden heart attack induced. He and Tracy Grammer, his partner in both music and life, were the fresh new act in folk at the time, having joined forces in 1996. In accordance with Carter's wishes, Grammer has continued to perform their songs even into her blossoming solo career, which so far includes three studio albums.

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Concerts
2:06 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Gang Gang Dance In Concert

Gang Gang Dance live from Celebrate Brooklyn
Ryan Muir for NPR

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 10:57 am

  • Gang Gang Dance Live From Celebrate Brooklyn

I was curious to see how Gang Gang Dance would present their edgy mix of dance and more experimental electronica at the outdoor Prospect Park Bandshell for Celebrate Brooklyn. The answer was: convincingly. Gang Gang Dance's set featured keening, alien vocal lines soaring over choppy keyboards, rhythmic samples and glitches, and two live drummer/percussionists.

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JazzSet
1:12 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Amina Figarova Sextet, Avishai Cohen's Triveni On JazzSet

Amina Figarova performs at the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 10:16 am

As a child in Azerbaijan, Amina Figarova loved the piano at first sight. She would arrange all her dolls around her and play for them. "Nobody could stop me," she told an interviewer at All About Jazz. "I would sit and play and play." Figarova studied classical music and heard jazz at home, especially Herbie Hancock.

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