Folk, Jazz & World

  • A musician who bridges musical worlds
    Jazz great Branford Marsalis joins Midmorning to discuss his music, the meaning of jazz, and a career that has seen him work with artists from Miles Davis to Sting to the Grateful Dead.Midmorning, May 16, 2007
  • From the subway to the concert hall
    When they started out, the members of Trio Voronezh played their Russian folk instruments on the streets and in the subways in Germany, France and the Netherlands. Today they're more at home in concert halls across Europe and U.S.April 20, 2007
  • Red House Records enters a new era
    More than a year after the death of its founder and president, Bob Feldman, St. Paul-based Red House Records is still going strong, and embracing the digital age.April 16, 2007
  • Pachanga Society brings a new sound to polka country
    This weekend, a group called the Stearns County Pachanga Society will offer St. Cloud a unique musical experience that's homegrown, but it doesn't sound like it. The society blends Latin music with a heavy dose of audience participation.April 13, 2007
  • Connick celebrates the Bayou
    Musician, composer, and actor Harry Connick, Jr. Has won a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy, but his heart is still in performing jazz and supporting his hometown of New Orleans.Midmorning, April 5, 2007
  • Joy, faith, and music
    A Grammy award winning choir from South Africa brings their music to Minnesota. Midmorning talks with the director of Soweto Gospel Choir.Midmorning, March 22, 2007
  • "The Separation" joins crunchy guitars with crystalline polyphony
    The mystical sounds of a 15th-century choral mass mix with thrashing guitars and crashing drums this weekend at the Walker Art Center. The Walker brings together jazz drummer Bobby Previte with the St. Paul-based Rose Ensemble, a choral group more at home with ethereal medieval chant.February 2, 2007
  • This weekend's action is at the Concertina Bowl
    Football fanatics still have another week before their big day, Super Bowl Sunday, arrives. But for fans of a certain kind of accordion, the biggest bowl event of the year happens Saturday in Blaine, Minnesota -- the Concertina Bowl.January 26, 2007
  • Django Reinhardt: the father of Gypsy Jazz
    Guitarist Django Reinhardt would be 97 years old this week. When he was young, a fire mangled his hands, forcing him to come up with new ways to play his favorite instrument. His innovations led to a new type of jazz music that resonated through western Europe even as war tore the continent apart.January 23, 2007
  • Music from the heart
    A folk singing duo from rural Minnesota finds fulfillment if not riches in music.January 19, 2007
  • Roe Family creates Minneappalachia on Monday nights
    "Old-time" country music was born in the mountains of Appalachia, not the prairies of the upper Midwest. But a Minneapolis band is putting its own stamp on a traditional American art form.October 9, 2006
  • Walker images reside in Jason Moran's jazz
    Pianist Jason Moran has lately drawn inspiration from contemporary art. Music on his latest CD was influenced by what he found at the Walker Art Center.October 4, 2006
  • A band named Hem: Not bound by category
    Mark Wheat thinks there needs to be a new category to sum up the sound of the band Hem: prog folk. The Brooklyn-based group is sometimes a quartet and sometimes grows into a small orchestra.September 27, 2006
  • Jon Vezner, Celeste Krenz, and Lindsay Mac record for North House Folk School
    For the past five years, Nashville songwriter Jon Vezner has gathered some other musician friends together to perform a concert to help raise funds for the North House Folk School.September 26, 2006
  • "The Evening Call" in the morning hours
    A journalist once said of Greg Brown's music, "it's fixed in American mythology, cars, wandering, loneliness,love, innocence and the loss of it."September 15, 2006

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