JPR Music

8:51 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Former Blue Note Records Exec Bruce Lundvall Dies at 79

Lundvall is credited with signing, over the years, numerous top jazz artists including Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Lovano and Dianne Reeves, as well as artists outside of the jazz realm such as Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Peter Tosh and Norah Jones. Born in Englewood, N.J., on Sept.
JPR Music
12:47 am
Fri May 15, 2015

B.B. King, Legendary Blues Guitarist, Dies At 89

B.B. King performs at Bluesfest Music Festival in Byron Bay, Australia, in 2011.
Mark Metcalfe Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 11:11 am

It seemed as if he'd go on forever — and B.B. King was working right up until the end. It's what he loved to do: playing music, and fishing. Even late in life, living with diabetes, he spent about half the year on the road. King died Thursday night at home in Las Vegas. He was 89 years old.

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Live Session Archive
12:05 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Colin Hay Live Session

Soleil Rowan

Colin Hay may be best known as the lead singer for Men At Work, the platinum selling Australian band that topped worldwide charts in the '80s with anthems like “Down Under,” “Overkill,” and “Who Can It Be Now?” Hay’s justifiably proud of his place in pop history, but since moving to Los Angeles in 1989, he’s made 12 solo records in a new chapter of his lengthy and prosperous career. His most recent is called "Next Year People," released in 2015.

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
10:02 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Whitehorse Live Session Friday, May 22nd at Noon

On Friday, May 22nd at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with the Canadian duo Whitehorse on Open Air.

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Live Session Archive
11:49 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Tony Furtado Live Session

Very few musicians of any stripe so personify a musical genre as completely as Tony Furtado embodies Americana roots music. Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar, and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef (he’s also an accomplished sculptor, but that’s another story). 

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Live Session Archive
12:15 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Marco Benevento Live Session

Dominic Barth

For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His albums set forth a vision that connects the dots between Explosions In The Sky and Tortoise on one side, Brian Eno and Brad Mehldau on the other.

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Live Session Archive
12:00 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Juliana Hatfield Three Live Session

Dominic Barth

Juliana Hatfield was raised in Massachusetts. As a child she learned how to play piano, and during high school she played guitar in a covers group called the Squids before discovering alternative rock through the Velvet Underground. Following high school, she attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied voice. While at Berklee, she met guitarist John Strohm and drummer Freda Boner, with whom she formed the Blake Babies in 1986.

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Live Session Archive
12:00 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Ruthie Foster Live Session

Dominic Barth

Those who have followed Ruthie Foster's eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride. She came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, followed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and ended up in Austin, Texas.

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Live Session Archive
12:00 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Ewert and The Two Dragons Live Session

Eric Teel

Ewert and The Two Dragons is a band from Tallinn, Estonia. Their debut album The Hills Behind The Hills was released in autumn 2009 and since then they have taken the Baltics by storm. 

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Recordings
11:50 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Everlasting Blues

While the mainstream culture of America explores new trends in various genres of music, following the evolution of hip-hop, pop and the folk/singer-songwriter styles, blues-related music chugs along with modest markets and a narrow niche. Here are some of the best blues recordings I’ve heard lately.

I Say What I Mean by Jim Liban & The Joel Paterson Trio, Ventrella Records – Jim Liban has played blues harmonica for almost 50 years, based in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. He came to San Francisco in the late 60’s, where I saw him in a band called A.B.Skhy. 

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Live Session Archive
6:43 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

decker. Live Session

Eric Teel

Since 2009, the Sedona, AZ based songwriter Brandon Decker has written, produced and released a trove of mesmerizing music; an expansive palette of folk, gospel, rock and psychedelia recorded under the nom de plume decker. “Tailor-made for a Coen Brothers western,” as one reviewer put it, “the music is dark, atmospheric and uncomfortably honest.

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Live Session Archive
1:08 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Kris Orlowski Live Session

Eric Teel

For Kris Orlowski, making music is about more than fulfilling personal agendas; it’s about creating something that touches the soul. Through relatable storytelling, husky harmonies and knack for hitting emotional highs, the band has touched the souls of people across the Pacific Northwest since 2010.

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Live Session Archive
2:48 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Sara Gazarek/Josh Nelson Live Session

Dominic Barth

Vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist Josh Nelson have aligned their musical spirits in a way that would make any artistic duo envious. Gazarek’s top flight interpretations of the vast and varied American songbook are buoyed by the sensitivity of Nelson’s supple command and they have transfixed audiences from New York to Tokyo. They have a telepathic understanding that has come about through more than a decade of friendship, not just hundreds of hours on the bandstand and it blankets any audience lucky enough to hear their swinging high-wire act of trust and commitment.

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Live Session Archive
11:32 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Penny And Sparrow Live Session

Eric Teel

Penny & Sparrow is American singer-songwriter duo of Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke out of Austin, Texas. Formed in 2011 after living as roommates at the University of Texas, the duo began their musical endeavor as a hobby and creative outlet. Their first tune, “Creature” was recorded in a small apartment behind an orphanage with one microphone and a laptop. “If you listen closely, you can hear kids screaming and laughing in the background of each song,” says Baxter. “After just one song, we knew writing and recording was something we didn’t want to stop doing.

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Recordings
12:28 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

From Willy Wonka To Willie Watson

Each year brings new opportunities for live music. If my January is any indication, 2015 is going to be an interesting and diverse year. In a Venn Diagram of people who saw the two acts I saw, I would likely be quite alone in the overlapping subset.

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Live Session Archive
11:09 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Peter Bradley Adams Live Session

Eric Teel

Peter Bradley Adams was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in a musical family, taking inspiration from his grandfather, a jazz musician proficient in the piano and clarinet. Adams began learning the piano when he was six years old, and went on to study music at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.

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2:08 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

UVA PhD Student Crafts New Song From Lost mp3 Data

Fact Magazine published this really interesting link to a song created by using only the data lost when converting Suzanne Vega's Tom's Diner* to the mp3 music format. *Tom's Diner was the song/recording used by Karlheinz Brandenburg to create the mp3 file format standard.
Ryan McGuire, a PhD student in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia Center for Computer Music, has created the project The Ghost In The MP3 which shows the amount of data lost when compressing music to MP3 while also turning that data into a haunting song of its own.
And the winner is...
8:14 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

JPR Announces Regional Tiny Desk Contest Winner

Wesley Jensen & The Penny Arcade on stage at Britt Festivals in Jacksonville.

On February 12th, NPR announced Fantastic Negrito as the winner of their inaugural Tiny Desk Concert Contest. (See the winning video here.) Here at JPR, we watched nearly 35 excellent videos submitted by musicians from our region and decided to select our own winner -- the best of the State of Jefferson. When the dust settled, we had a clear winner.

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NPR Music
7:33 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Meet Fantastic Negrito, The Winner Of Our Tiny Desk Concert Contest

"I like going out and looking at people, and they inspire me so much," says Oakland musician Fantastic Negrito, winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest.
Eric Taylor Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 8:22 am

Some offices have sandwich carts. We have live music.

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Live Session Archive
3:13 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Adrian Legg Live Session

Eric Teel

Since the 1990 release of his first U.S. recording Guitars and Other Cathedrals , Adrian Legg has more than lived up to the expectations stirred by an ongoing avalanche of praise from critics, fans, top guitar magazines and peers alike. Guitar wizard Joe Satriani once said, “He's simply the best acoustic guitar player I've ever heard…he plays like he has hammers for fingers.” The genius that the Boston Globe has called “technical brilliance paired with a troubadour's tale-weaving skill” led him from 1993-96 to be voted Best Fingerstyle Guitarist four years straight by the readers of Guitar Player magazine.

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