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Leonard's Good Friday Gospel Radio Hour

Friday, April 03, 2015

Leonard hosts his annual Good Friday Gospel hour, playing gospel classics that tell the story of Easter.  

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Easter Friday Gospel. Boz Scaggs, and Please Explain Frogs!

Friday, April 03, 2015

Leonard Lopate spins an hour of Good Friday Gospel music! Boz Scaggs talks about his new album "A Fool to Care." Please Explain is all about frogs. 

Studio 360

Rediscovering the Hidden Music of the Civil Rights Movement

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A huge cache of potent protest music from the Civil Rights Movement has been hiding for decades.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Jesus On The Mainline

Friday, February 06, 2015

Huge ensemble takes the tiny stage at Mercury Lounge to make a soulful ruckus tonight. Sample "Sweet High & Dry."

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Leonard's Christmas Gospel Playlist

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Leonard plays some of his favorite gospel tunes to get you in the Christmas spirit.

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Christmas Gospel Music, Spun By Leonard Lopate

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Leonard's selection of gospel favorites to put you in the Christmas mood.

New Sounds

New Sounds of Gospel Trombone

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Dig into the instrumental gospel tradition, centered around the trombone, with music from the McCollough Sons of Thunder, Jacob Garchik, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and more.

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Blind Boys Of Alabama: Pushing The Boundaries Of Gospel

Friday, June 27, 2014

Hear Blind Boys of Alabama perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Blind Boys Of Alabama; The Forgotten Life of Harry Nilsson; Mutual Benefit

Friday, June 27, 2014

In this episode: Since the Blind Boys Of Alabama was founded in the 1930s, the group has been a gospel institution. All these years later -- and especially with the recent album I'll Find A Way -- the soulful singers continue to not only honor traditional gospel music, but push the envelope and expand the definition of the genre.

Then: In the early 1970s, Harry Nilsson was one of the most famous musicians on the planet -- due in part to songs like "Coconut" and Everybody's Talkin'." Yet by the time he died in 1994 at the age of 52, most people had forgotten the reclusive singer's name -- even if they never forgot his timeless songs. Writer and radio host Alyn Shipton chronicled his enigmatic story in a new book, Nilsson: The Life Of A Singer-Songwriter.

And: Mutual Benefit is the stage name of songwriter Jordan Lee and a rotating group of collaborators. Lee is an Ohio native, who has spent time in Austin, Boston and now Brooklyn, and the light touch at the heart of Mutual Benefit derives from Lee's restless travels across the country. Hear Mutual Benefit play songs from the resulting 2013 record, Love's Crushing Diamond

Watch Mutual Benefit perform in the Soundcheck studio below:

This is an encore episode of Soundcheck. 

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The Holmes Brothers Play Live; Author Daniel Alarcón Picks Three; 'Who Is William Onyeabor?'

Friday, April 25, 2014

In this episode: The legendary R&B and blues rock band The Holmes Brothers plays songs from their brand new album, Brotherhood, in the Soundcheck studio.

Then: The most recent novel from Daniel Alarcon, At Night We Walk In Circles, was named on many year-end best-of lists in 2013. The Peruvian-born, Alabama-raised, San Francisco-based author was recently named one of the best 20 Writers Under 40 by The New Yorker. But he's also a music fan, and shares this three-song playlist of a few of his favorite tracks. 

And: William Onyeabor released eight albums between 1977 and 1985. But, since then, the Nigerian musician has dropped off the map and we know next to nothing about him. But now this ultra-rare music is getting a new spotlight thanks to Eric Welles-Nystrom of the record label Luaka Bop, who helped assemble the recent compilation, Who Is William Onyeabor?, and Sinkane's Ahmed Gallab, who is one of the music directors of two upcoming tribute shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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The Blind Boys Of Alabama Play Live; Harry Nilsson

Monday, February 17, 2014

In this episode Soundcheck revisits a few recent favorite segments.

First: The long-running gospel quintet Blind Boys of Alabama enlisted Bon Iver's Justin Vernon to produce its latest album, I'll Find A Way. The membersperform in the Soundcheck studio.

And: Harry Nilsson was one of the most famous musicians on the planet in the early 1970s. But by the time he died in 1994 at the age of 52, most people had forgotten his name, even if they never forgot his hits like “Coconut,” and “Everybody's Talkin’.” Alyn Shipton, author of the new bookNilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriterdiscusses the enigmatic musician.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Martin Luther King Day Gospel Hour

Monday, January 20, 2014

Leonard Lopate marks Martin Luther King day by playing great Gospel music from the Civil Rights era.

How I Got Over, Mahalia Jackson (under billboard)

We Shall Overcome, Marion Williams

I'll Be All Right, Angelic Gospel Singers

Precious Lord, Rev. C. L. Franklin

Precious Lord, Aretha Franklin

God's Amazing Grace, J. Robert Bradley

No Restricted Signs in Heaven, Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet

Move on Up a Little Higher, Part 2, Mahalia Jackson

Get Away Jordan, Dorothy Love Coates and the Original Gospel Harmonettes

Trying Time, Gladys McFadden and the Loving Sisters

Pilgrim of Sorrow, Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers

Build Me a Cabin, Mm. Edna Gallmon Cooke

Blessed Assurance, Clara Ward

Bad News, Bad Times, Marion Williams

Mary Don't You Weep, Claude Jeter with Swan Silvertones

God Be With You, J. Earle Hines with St. Paul's Baptist Church Choir

 

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Greg Kot On The Many Lives Of The Staple Singers; Broken Bells Play Live

Monday, January 20, 2014

In this episode:Throughout the 1950's, '60s and '70s, The Staple Singers created a unique mix of gospel, folk, and rock, earning legions of fans and countless musical devotees. And at 74, Mavis Staples is still winning Grammys and singing for large audiences around the world. Music critic Greg Kot chronicles the extraordinary legacy of the Staples family in his new book, I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, And The March Up Freedom's Highway.

Then we revisit a 2010 interview and studio session with Mavis Staples upon the release of her Grammy-winning album You Are Not Alone.

 

 

And Broken Bells -- the project of James Mercer of The Shins and Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) -- perform "Holding On For Life," a new song from the highly-anticipated upcoming album After The Disco, plus an older favorite, in the Soundcheck studio.

 

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The Staple Singers: A Group That Touched Many Lives, From Martin Luther King Jr. To Prince

Monday, January 20, 2014

Throughout the 1950's, '60s and '70s, The Staple Singers created a unique mix of gospel, folk, and rock, earning legions of fans and countless musical devotees. And at 74, Mavis Staples is still winning Grammys and singing for large audiences around the world. Music critic Greg Kot chronicles the extraordinary legacy of the Staples family in his new book, I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, The Staple Singers, And The March Up Freedom's Highway.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

MLK Day Gospel; a Novel About Postwar Sierra Leone; Super Sports Agent Leigh Steinberg

Monday, January 20, 2014

On today’s show: Leonard plays some great classic gospel songs to mark Martin Luther King Day. Sports agent Leigh Steinberg shares stories of his time representing Troy Aikman, Steven Young, and Ben Roethlisberger. Ishmael Beah has told his own story of being a child soldier in Sierra Leone in his memoir Long Way Gone, and now he talks about his first novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, which explores postwar life there.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Christmas Gospel

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Leonard celebrates with an hour of his favorite classic Christmas gospel songs!

The Leonard Lopate Show

Christmas Gospel

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Leonard Lopate hosts his annual Gospel Christmas special, with favorite songs from gospel greats like Mahalia Jackson, Marion Williams, Edna Gallmon Cook, and Alex Bradford, and others.

Billboard: Joy to the World, Marion Williams. Album: If We Ever Needed the Lord Before

1. When Was Jesus Born, Marion Williams & Stars of Faith. Album: O Holy Night

2. Great Day in December, Swan Silvertones. Album: Saviour Pass Me Not

3. No Room at the Hotel,The Chosen Gospel Singers. Album: The Lifeboat

4. No Room at the Inn, Mahalia Jackson. Album: Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas

5. Poor Little Jesus Boy, Mattie Williams. Album: Black Nativity, Gospel on Broadway!

6. The Holy Babe, Mahalia Jackson. Album: Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas)

7. Angels from the Realms of Glory, Edna Gallmon Cooke. Album: Mme Edna Gallmon Cooke & Doris Akers

8. Christ Is Born, Marion Williams and Alex Bradford. Album: Black Nativity, Gospel on Broadway!

9. Go Tell It on the Mountain, Mahalia Jackson. Album: Apollo Sessions

10. Silent Night, Holy Night, Mahalia Jackson. Album: Silent Night: Gospel Christmas with Mahalia Jackson

11. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman, Marion Williams. Album: Through Many Dangers

12. Mary, Mary, What You Gonna Name that Pretty Little Baby? Frances Steadman and Marion Williams. Album: Black Nativity, Gospel on Broadway!

13. O Come All Ye Faithful, Mahalia Jackson. Album: Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas

14. No Room at the Inn, Staples Singers. Album: The 25th Day of December

15. All Hail the Power, Marion Williams. Single

16: No Room at the Inn, Marion Williams. Album: O Holy Night

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WNYC 2013 Holiday Special Programming

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Soundcheck - 2013: The Year in Music
Week of December 16, 9pm 93.9FM, Monday-Friday
Join Soundcheck all this week for a round-up of the best -- and worst -- music of 2013. Listen back to our favorite in-studio performances from the past year. Plus: Each day, host John Schaefer reveals ...

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Studio 360

In the Studio With James McBride

Friday, December 13, 2013

James McBride was a professional saxophonist for decades before he took up writing, and as an author, he isn’t doing too poorly. His first book, the memoir The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, spent nearly 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and his latest ...

Bonus Track: Kurt’s extended conversation with James McBride

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New Sounds

New Sounds of Gospel Trombone

Thursday, November 14, 2013

For this New Sounds program, dig into the instrumental gospel tradition, specifically, the one centered around the trombone.  It is prominent in some churches, such as the United House of Prayer for all People in Harlem, and the shout-gospel choir (with brass band), the McCollough Sons of Thunder.  Listen to their roof-raising performance, recorded at the World Festival of Sacred Music from May of 2001 - a New Sounds Live event.  Led by Elder Babb, the 17 trombones, trumpet, percussion, brought down the house at Merkin Hall, with the dancing, singing and clapping in the aisles.

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