Music

DJ Sessions: Swing And Vintage Jazz

April 17, 2015
Artie Shaw plays the clarinet on Sept. 10, 1941. The clarinetist and bandleader's recording of "Begin the Beguine" epitomized the Big Band era. (AP)

Rob Bamberger, longtime host of “Hot Jazz Saturday Night” on WAMU, brings us sounds from Jelly Roll Morton to Artie Shaw.

Jane Scott: Pioneering Rock & Roll Journalist

April 17, 2015
Jane Scott met David Bowie and countless other performers when they were just getting started. (Jane Scott archives)

The archives of Plain Dealer music writer Jane Scott are being organized and digitized at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Peter Wolf Talks About The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

April 16, 2015
Cover art for "East-West" (1966), the second album by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. (Wikimedia Commons)

The J. Geils Band frontman will be inducting the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend in Cleveland.

Andris Nelsons Settles In At The Boston Symphony Orchestra

April 14, 2015
Andris Nelsons is the Boston Symphony Orchestra's musical director. (Marco Borggreve/Boston Symphony Orchestra)

The Latvian conductor took over as musical director of the BSO in 2013. Since then, he and the orchestra have released their first album.

The Life Of A NYC Bluesman

April 14, 2015
Michael Powers is a blues guitarist and singer in New York City. (Jeremy Hobson)

Michael Powers is a blues guitarist and vocalist who has made his professional home at Terra Blues.

Singer Ledisi On ‘Selma’ And ‘Intimate Truth’

April 13, 2015
Ledisi performs at The Epitome of Soul Award honoring Stevie Wonder on October 11, 2014 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Greg Campbell/Getty Images)

R&B and jazz singer Ledisi portrayed gospel legend Mahalia Jackson in the movie “Selma.” She’s out with a new album, “Intimate Truth.”

Street Art Meets Ballet In Miami

April 10, 2015
Heatscape by Justin Peck.

One of the country’s most sought-after choreographers has teamed up with Shepard Fairey, one the country’s most famous street artists.

Inside The Musical Mind Of Composer Philip Glass

April 10, 2015
Composer Philip Glass performs his La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast) concert, as part of the Budapest Spring Festival in the Palace of Arts in Budapest, Hungary in 2014. (MTI, Balazs Mohai/AP)

The composer of operas, film scores and symphonies is out with curiously-titled memoir, “Words Without Music.”

DJ Sessions: Hawaiian Sounds, From Jesse Kalima To Nohelani Cypriano

April 8, 2015
Hawaiian singer Nohelani Cypriano performs at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall, on June 8, 2004 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Marco Garcia/Getty Images)

Colett Welch, host of “Ho’onanea” on KKCR community radio in Hanalei, Hawaii, shares some of her favorite Hawaiian music.

A Capella Is More Popular Than Ever, Thanks To This Guy

April 8, 2015
Deke Sharon performs on the Chinese edition of The Sing-Off in 2012. (Courtesy)

Deke Sharon is the vocal producer behind the TV show “The Sing-Off” and the movies “Pitch Perfect” and “Pitch Perfect 2.”

LED Cello Lights Up The Stage

April 2, 2015
Maya Beiser plays an electric cello enhanced with LED lights. (Erika Harrsch)

Renowned cellist Maya Beiser is playing an instrument that’s nearly as intense as she is: an electric cello enhanced with LED lights.

Jay Z Reveals Plan For Streaming Service Tidal

March 31, 2015
From left to right, Usher, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Deadmau5, Kanye West, JAY Z, and J. Cole onstage at the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL March 30 in New York City. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images) for Roc Nation)

The hip-hop mogul says the majority of the company he bought – a subscription music streaming service – will be owned by artists.

DJ Sessions: Beyond Kendrick Lamar

March 31, 2015
Kamasi Washington's song "Re-Run Home" is one of the picks from KCRW's Anthony Valadez. (kamasiwashington.com)

KCRW’s Anthony Valadez shares new jazz and rap selections, including Kamasi Washington (pictured) and DJ Khalab.

‘Twenty Feet From Stardom’s’ Lisa Fischer Returns Center Stage

March 30, 2015
Singer Lisa Fischer performs onstrage at the celebration of black cinema hosted by Broadcast Film Critics Association at House of Blues Sunset Strip on January 7, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

Once a back up singer to the Rolling Stones and Tina Turner, Lisa Fischer is now back on the road as the star.

DJ Sessions: Opera Greats Past And Present

March 25, 2015
German opera singer Fritz Wunderlich (1930 - 1966) is pictured circa 1958. (Express Newspapers/Getty Images) and American opera singer Renee Fleming is pictured on, March 2, 2015, in New York. (Evan Agostini/Invision via AP)

Peter Van de Graaf shares some of his favorites, from the late German tenor Fritz Wunderlich to American soprano Renee Fleming.

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