Congressman Tom Cole

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Ralph Towner: An Old Hand With A 'Foolish Heart' (And An Unmatched Style)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The guitarist who composed "Icarus" — a tune so popular, astronauts took it to the moon — has a way of playing that seems to conjure melody, rhythm and harmony all at once.


Guitarist Larry Coryell, Godfather Of Fusion, Dies At 73

Monday, February 20, 2017

The jazz-rock pioneer passed away in his sleep Feb. 19 in New York City.


'It's Better To Be An Outsider': Wolfgang Muthspiel's Global Guitar Odyssey

Saturday, January 14, 2017

One of the most respected jazz guitarists working today, the Austrian musician has spent his career straddling borders, be they sonic or geographic.


Jazz Historian And Writer Nat Hentoff Dies At 91

Monday, January 09, 2017

The American historian, critic and columnist Nat Hentoff fell in love with jazz as a kid in Boston — primarily because of the freedom and emotion it expressed. For 50 years, he wrote about jazz and social justice issues for The Village Voice. He died at home on Saturday while listening to Billie Holiday. He was 91.


Derek Gripper: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, December 16, 2016

Inspired by Toumani Diabate, the classically trained South African guitarist performs songs originally written for the kora.


30 Years Of 'Heavy Metal Parking Lot,' The Classic 'Cult Classic' Film

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Shot outside an arena in suburban Maryland hosting a Judas Priest and Dokken double bill, the short documentary captured something vital about its moment in music history.


Remembering Robert Goldstein, NPR's Music Librarian And Our Friend

Saturday, October 08, 2016

The man Susan Stamberg called "NPR's secret weapon," whose depth of knowledge matched the perfect music to NPR's stories for 20 years, was an accomplished musician in his own right.


Guitarist Conjures The Sound Of The Kora From Thousands Of Miles Away

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Derek Gripper's exploration of West African kora music has produced two acclaimed albums — and, he says, a better understanding of the classical music he played as a kid.


Toots Thielemans, Jazz Harmonica Baron, Dies At 94

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Belgian-American musician, also known for his guitar playing and whistling, performed with the stars of postwar jazz and was widely heard on film scores and commercial jingles.


Zappa On Zappa: 'Eat That Question' Tells A Contrarian's Story In His Own Words

Friday, June 24, 2016

The new documentary, compiled from a deep archive of interviews, focuses on Frank Zappa's serious side — as a composer keen on exploring ugliness and difficulty.


Songs We Love: Charlie Hunter, 'No Money, No Honey'

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The guitarist's custom seven-string axe lets him create a deeply funky bass line and a Hendrix-like melody — at the same time.


In Life And In Film, The Past Is Ever Present For Director Terence Davies

Friday, May 20, 2016

Over the course of his 40-year career, Davies has only released six full-length feature films. His latest, Sunset Song, follows a young Scottish woman in the years before World War I.


'Serpent' Film Explores, Revives Lost Cultural Knowledge For Colombians

Sunday, February 21, 2016

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Paul Kantner, Co-Founder Of Jefferson Airplane, Dies At 74

Friday, January 29, 2016

Paul Kantner co-founded the band Jefferson Airplane with Marty Balin in 1965. When that band broke up, he founded Jefferson Starship and led the band for more than 40 years. Kantner d...


For John Scofield, Everything Old Is New Again — Even The Hard Parts

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Jazz guitarist John Scofield has had a pretty remarkable career. Without even finishing music school, he found himself on the Carnegie Hall stage playing with jazz legends Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan. Then it was on to Miles Davis, his own successful jazz-funk fusion ...


Songs We Love: Janet Feder, 'Happy Everyday, You'

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

"I consider the guitar as this sort of multi-faceted instrument," says Janet Feder, "that can make and do all of these other things."

Chime like a bell, or gong, buzz like a locust, or rattle and hum.

To make those sounds, Feder attaches beads, alligator clips, split rings and other ...


Cultural Capital: 50 Years Of Investment In U.S. Arts And Humanities

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, two federal grant-making agencies aimed at investing in American culture, turn 50 on Tuesday.


Songs We Love: John Scofield, 'Mr. Puffy'

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Guitarist and composer John Scofield's 2015 album is called Past Present. And that's what it is: four jazz musicians very much in the moment, looking back at events that informed the music they're playing—and listening back to a sound three of them created some 20 years ago.

Scofield's own ...


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

Friday, May 15, 2015

The great bluesman was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and toured relentlessly his whole life, wringing peerless emotion out of every note he played.


Remembering Pat Dowell, Longtime Film Reporter For NPR

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Pat Dowell, a freelance film reporter for NPR, died on Sunday. Dowell had been dealing with health issues for some time, but her death came as a surprise. She was 66 years old.

Pat was a freelance for us for close to 30 years. Before that, she was a film ...