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April 4, 2020
This week’s Live From Here episode is a rebroadcast of the October 26, 2019 live performance.
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"One of America's defining voices of freedom and peace," said NPR of Mavis Staples. Be it music, culture, or civil rights, it's difficult to overstate the impact of this Grammy winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, National Arts Awards Lifetime Achievement recipient, and Kennedy Center honoree. Since the 1950s and her early days with her family band, The Staple Singers, she has wowed audiences in concert halls and at festivals worldwide. Her albums include If All I Was Was Black, with songs written by frequent collaborator Jeff Tweedy, and We Get By, her first full-length collaboration with songwriter Ben Harper.
For decades, actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo has been a fixture on TV (The West Wing, The Larry Sanders Show, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Wet Hot American Summer) and in films (The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Ratatouille, Reality Bites, Speech & Debate). Last year, she made her Broadway debut in Scott W. McPherson's play Marvin's Room. A longtime activist, she was a contributor to the first liberal radio network, Air America Radio, where she hosted her own talk show, The Majority Report.
Musician, songwriter, and Grammy-nominated producer Mike Elizondo is best known for his 11-year collaboration with Dr. Dre, as well as for co-writing Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady," Carrie Underwood's "Cowboy Casanova," and 50 Cent's "In Da Club." In course of his career, he has contributed to albums for artists across a wide range of genres, including Jay Z, Twenty One Pilots, Fiona Apple, Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, Ed Sheeran, Ry Cooder, Carrie Underwood, and Eric Clapton.
Even as a five-year-old, Rachael Price was drawn to jazz, listening to her dad's record collection and singing along to recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and others. Now this graduate in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music is frontwoman of pop-R&B-jazz-soul-disco band Lake Street Dive. Side Pony (Nonesuch) is the Brooklyn-based quartet's latest recording.
Powerhouse singer Rachael Price and guitarist/singer/whistler Vilray Bolles met when the two were students at the New England Conservatory of Music. Their duo grew from a shared reverence for the pop music of the 1930s and '40s and its breadth of emotions. With original songs and forgotten treasures, they create a sound that recalls both the warmth of radio's golden age and the intimacy of parlor concerts in a time before recordings. Their debut album is Rachael & Vilray (Nonesuch).
Violinist Jeremy Kittel is fluent in multiple genres, composing original music that draws from traditional roots, jazz, Celtic, classical, electronic, and more. He performs with his group Kittel & Co., as a soloist with orchestras, and in collaboration with many of today's leading artists, including the Turtle Island Quartet (of which he was a member for five years). "Chrysalis," from his album Whorls, is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Instrumental Composition category.
Gabriel Kahane deftly blends classical, rock, and indie pop traditions. The New York Times aptly dubbed him "a one-man cultural Cuisinart." This composer, pianist, songwriter, and singer's song cycle Book of Travelers resulted from his crisscrossing the U.S. on an 8,980-mile train trip that began the day after the 2016 presidential election. Rolling Stone called it a "stunning portrait of a singular moment in America."
Internationally praised multi-instrumentalist/composer/engineer/producer Armand Hirsch started out playing drums. He was five. But in his teen years, he turned his attention to guitar full time. He has shared the stage with the greats of jazz — Ravi Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock — played with the Hank Jones Quartet and toured with Bobby McFerrin (at the time, a detour from his studies at Columbia University, where he majored in neuroscience — really).
Drummer Joey Waronker gets around—from supergroup Atoms for Peace (formed by Radiohead singer Thom Yorke) and rock band Ultraísta to touring with R.E.M., Beck, Roger Waters, and Ben Folds to recording with Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash, Yoko Ono, Pink, Smashing Pumpkins, and countless others. As Spin magazine pointed out: "Joey Waronker is the definition of the drummer with whom every musician loves to work."
Brian Platzer has contributed humor pieces, reviews, and essays to The New Yorker, Salon, the New York Times, The New Republic, and other publications. His debut novel is 2017's Bed-Stuy Is Burning, set in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood. Two new books, The Body Politic (Atria/Simon & Schuster) and The Homework Handbook (Avery/Penguin Random House) are due out next year. In addition to writing, Brian teaches English and history, and he's the co-founder of Teachers Who Tutor | NYC, a New York City tutoring company.
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