Monday, December 03, 2012
Iconic R&B singer Bettye LaVette tells all in her dramatic new memoir. Melena Ryzik of the New York Times' Carpetbagger column on this year's Oscars season. And Gabriel Kahane performs in the studio.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Saxophonist Paul Winter joins us to talk about how, 50 years ago today, his sextet brought jazz to the White House for the very first time, at the request of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Plus, the R&B singer Martha Redbone has set the poems of William Blake to the sounds of Appalachian folk music. And where does your digital music go when you die?
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Music and culture writer Dream Hampton joins us to talk about two R&B stars making headlines: Odd Future member Frank Ocean, who last week publicly detailed his former relationship with a man, and the singer, pianist and guitarist D'Angelo, who is in the midst of a comeback from a 12 year hiatus.
Friday, July 06, 2012
By Katie Bishop : Producer, Death, Sex & Money
In this new series, Soundcheck stops headphone-wearing strangers on the street and gets between their ears. This week, we talk with O’Neil – a hip hop and soca-loving deliveryman who introduces us to his latest downloads and R-rated playlists.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
R&B singer Etta James passed away last week at the age of 73. While she's best remembered for her heartwrenching ballads like “At Last” and “I’d Rather Go Blind,” the diva's life also contained struggles with addiction and abuse. Joining us to remember the late singer is writer David Ritz, who co-wrote her 1995 autobiography, "Rage to Survive: The Etta James Story." And, Etta's longtime guitarist, Bobby Murray, joins us from Detroit to talk about working with the rhythm and blues legend toward the end of her career.
Friday, January 08, 2010
Willie Mitchell – trumpeter, arranger and producer for Hi Records – who launched the careers of such great soul singers as Al Green, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 5 at a hospital in Memphis. Gabriel Roth, owner of Daptone Records, discusses Willie's great career.