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Much of the world first learned of the South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo when they performed with Paul Simon in the 1980s. 

But Mambazo had already been around for a couple of decades by then, and the group continues to sing and tour and impress. 

It's been more than five decades now, and two of the members from the 1960s are still in the group.  Albert Mazibuko joined in 1969, and he'll be with Mambazo for a stop in Eugene at the end of January (WOW Hall, January 27th). 

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Leslie Kendall has the kind of singing voice that makes people widen their eyes and ask "who's THAT?" 

We'll answer that question as we visit with Leslie, who recently retired from singing after a long career.  Her work includes singing with jazz and swing bands large and small, and cutting records for three different record companies. 

She's lived in Ashland for years now. 

Meet The Beatles, Again

Jan 5, 2017
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It's been almost 52 years since The Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan show, turning the flame of Beatlemania into a raging inferno. 

Penelope Rowlands remembers well... she not only got to see The Beatles back then, she was captured for all time in a photograph of girls hooting for their idols. 

Penelope grew up to become a writer, and the editor of The Beatles Are Here, a collection of stories about the Fab Four's time in the spotlight. 

"Rogue Sounds" Tracks Band Gigs

Jan 4, 2017
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We'd be hard-pressed to find another person who is as passionate about music as Josh Gross. 

Or at least as passionate and ARTICULATE before 10 AM as Josh is. 

Josh is the music editor at the Rogue Valley Messenger (check out his Best of 2016 list), and a monthly contributor to The Exchange with "Rogue Sounds." 

Best Of 2016: Musical Moments

Dec 28, 2016
JPR News

Over the course of 12 months, we meet a LOT of interesting people on The Exchange. 

And some of them arrive in-studio with musical instruments in hand.  Those are actually some of our favorite segments; less talking and more listening. 

We grab some of the musical highlights of this year and pack them into a single hour. 

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Vanessa Silberman is a road warrior. 

She's already played 120 shows with her voice and guitar, and the year's not even over yet. 

Her work in alt rock has been compared to Nirvana and Neil Young, among other artists. 

Silberman plays a couple of shows in Ashland this week. 

Jobytalbot.com

It's easy to be dazzled by the visuals of a movie and lose track of how great an influence the music exerts on our emotions. 

That's Joby Talbot's job as score composer... assist the mood while not overwhelming it.  Oh, and make the music work in time with the on-screen action. 

Talbot lives in Ashland and sees his work go worldwide... including in the coming animated feature "Sing." 

Ashland Singing Duo Travels Light

Dec 1, 2016
Acappellaré Facebook Page

The Ashland singing duo known as Accapellaré chose a very appropriate name. 

Because Jeffri Lynn Carrington and Zoé La Terreur travel without musical instruments, only their voices. 

And they happily sing a cappella in venues large and small, with plans for a European tour next spring. 

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Josh Gross's bio at the Rogue Valley Messenger says he's an "ace reporter. Produced playwright. Internationally recognized rock and roll superstar and burrito connoisseur." 

One and two are true and we'll take his word on number four. 

And he IS a musician, and a big fan of music, as well. 

Which is why we invite him back once a month to play clips of bands coming to the region, talk about their music, and hear where they'll be playing. 

Mark Jacobs Plays Old-School Brass

Nov 29, 2016
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The moment in the concert arrives for the big solo. 

And the soloist steps up with his Ophicleide.   His...? 

See, soloist Mark Eliot Jacobs is accomplished on some rare wind instruments, including the ophicleide and the serpent. 

He'll play both in a concert Thursday (December 1st) on the Southern Oregon University campus. 

Hula With Some 21st Century Moves Thrown In

Nov 9, 2016
naleihui.org

Hula, the Hawaiian dance form, is an ancient art. 

But Patrick Makuakāne and his San Francisco company, Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu, fuse the ancient with the modern in their performances. 

And the story of the company and the art is told in the book The Natives Are Restless by Constance Hale. 

Josh Gross Covers The Bands' Stands

Nov 2, 2016
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Great indie bands pass through our region all the time... And occasionally they actually stop to play some shows.

But it's all too easy to miss up-and-coming acts, while the smaller venues that host them tend to fly under the radar, too.

That's where Josh Gross steps in. He's the music editor for the Rogue Valley Messenger, so he pays great attention to the live music scene.

Oregon Author Pens Paul Simon Bio

Oct 19, 2016
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Maybe you never heard of the 1950s musical duo Tom and Jerry (you mean, like the cat and mouse?). 

They gained much more fame using their own names: Simon and Garfunkel. 

Paul Simon's presence in, and influence on, the music scene is explored in Peter Ames Carlin's new book Homeward Bound

The examination goes beyond music, to the use of Simon's music as a soundtrack for generations of Americans. 

Twins On Winds: The Brothers Anderson

Oct 17, 2016
Lynn Redmile

Lots of bands are built around families. 

Identical twins with woodwinds, though?  That's a different story. 

But it is the story of Peter and Will Anderson, twin brothers who play saxophone and other wind instruments. 

Eugene Ballet

Any Friday is something of an event. First Friday is a slightly bigger deal in the arts world, as several communities in our region observe First Friday Art Walks. 

The Exchange goes with the flow, with our monthly First Friday Arts segment.  We open the phone lines (800-838-3760) and invite arts organizations from throughout the listening area to call in with details of arts events in the coming weeks... from fine art to open mike nights, all arts events are fair game. 

If you're just not available to be on the phone at show time (8:10-8:30 AM), RECORD your message in advance at our voicemail box: 541-552-6331. 

hungryskinny.com

It's not Austin, but our region is home to a number of venues for hearing live music.

Josh Gross has visited many of them by now. 

Josh is the music editor for the Rogue Valley Messenger, so he pays great attention to the live music scene. 

Cecilia St. King, Inner Peace Troubadour

Sep 22, 2016
ceciliastking.com

It's a natural fit for the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission to bring in singer Cecilia St. King

She is billed as an "inner peace troubadour," providing songs of peace and hope to audiences in many places. 

The Culture of Peace Commission brought Cecilia to town to take part in the "11 Days for Peace" events beginning September 11th.  She has her own story to tell about living in New York on 9/11/01. 

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Another day, another dollar; another studio, another guitar.  Guitars are common in our culture, and the usual accompaniment of our musical studio guests. 

But we get a SITAR once in a blue moon, and this is one of those times.  Deobrat Mishra from India can trace sitar players back 11 generations in his family. 

And he shares his skills as the director the Benares Academy of Indian Classical Music. 

On The (Music) Scene With Josh Gross

Sep 7, 2016
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It's not Austin, but our region is home to a number of venues for hearing live music. 

Josh Gross has visited many of them by now. 

Josh is the music editor for the Rogue Valley Messenger, so he pays great attention to the live music scene. 

First Friday Arts For September

Sep 1, 2016
Umpqua Valley Arts

Any Friday is something of an event. First Friday is a slightly bigger deal in the arts world, as several communities in our region observe First Friday Art Walks.

The Exchange goes with the flow, with our monthly First Friday Arts segment.  We open the phone lines (800-838-3760) and invite arts organizations from throughout the listening area to call in with details of arts events in the coming weeks... from fine art to open mike nights, all arts events are fair game. 

If you're just not available to be on the phone at show time (8:10-8:30 AM), RECORD your message in advance at our voicemail box: 541-552-6331.  Messages delivered after 4:30 PM on Thursday might not make it to air. 

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