Folk, Jazz & World

  • Sara and Sean Watkins on Radio Heartland
    Brother and sister combination Sara and Sean Watkins perform music from Sara's new solo CD.April 25, 2009
  • Julie Fowlis sings songs with a Gaelic point of view
    Julie Fowlis sings in a language which even in her native Scotland only about 60,000 people understand, yet she's a national star. Now she's bringing her music to MinneapolisApril 24, 2009
  • Jazz innovator and educator
    Renowned jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon discusses his musical inspiration, his mastery of improvisation, and his quest to share both through music education.Midmorning, April 21, 2009
  • New Classical Tracks: A wide-ranging 'Journey'
    The new disc by guitarist Sharon Isbin begins with anonymous music from the Renaissance, and concludes with music from modern-day troubadours like Joan Baez and Mark O'Connor -- who also join in as performers.April 7, 2009
  • Wynton Marsalis, ambassador of jazz
    He's played with legends and some would say is becoming a legend himself. Wynton Marsalis has devoted his career to the crafting and promotion of jazz.Midmorning, March 5, 2009
  • Two former Jayhawks make music together again
    Minneapolis alt-country pioneers The Jayhawks may no longer be a band, but two of its co-founders have reunited as a folk duo. Mark Olson and Gary Louris have released a new CD entitled "Ready for the Flood."February 20, 2009
  • The Fireworks Ensemble Performs in the Classical MPR Studio
    The New York-based Fireworks Ensemble performs music in the studio from their genre-breaking repertoire.February 18, 2009
  • Dr. Billy Taylor comes to celebrate MLK
    There is a rare treat for Twin Cities music fans this weekend when jazz piano legend Dr. Billy Taylor comes to perform with the VocalEssence.February 13, 2009
  • Jon Hassell takes the trumpet to the Fourth World
    Trumpeter Jon Hassell knows the phrase "new music" is enough to get some people to turn and run. He includes himself in that group. That's a little strange because he has been at the forefront of new music for decades. Now he's on his first U.S. tour in two decades.February 12, 2009
  • Bringing a message of change - from Africa
    Vusi Mahlasela is known as "The Voice" in his native South Africa. A singer, guitarist, percussionist and poet, he came of age during the turmoil of the waning days of apartheid. He now plays around the world, singing of the joys and challenges of his homeland. This week, Mahlasela launches a U.S. tour with a concert Saturday night at the Ordway Center in St Paul.February 6, 2009
  • Ask the MPR president
    Minnesota Public Radio President Bill Kling joins MPR's Gary Eichten in the studio to answer listener questions.Midday, January 30, 2009
  • Sun sets on the Morning Show
    MPR's Morning Show hosts Dale Connelly and Jim Ed Poole join Gary Eichten on the eve of their final program.Midday, December 9, 2008
  • Folk music legend Odetta dies at 77
    Odetta, the folk singer with the powerful voice who moved audiences and influenced fellow musicians for a half-century, has died. She was 77.December 3, 2008
  • Minn. Orchestra appoints new Jazz Artistic Director
    New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield will be the Minnesota Orchestra's first Artistic Director of Jazz at Orchestra Hall.July 28, 2008
  • Planting the seeds of jazz
    For the past six years, a dozen Twin Cities jazz verterans have been sharing their expertise with young musicians at a jazz camp near Minneapolis. The students say it's an intense experience that helps them grow as improvising soloists.June 15, 2008

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