Tom Cole http://weku.fm en Remembering Jim Hall, A Different Sort Of Guitar God http://weku.fm/post/remembering-jim-hall-different-sort-guitar-god Jim Hall was a guitar god, but not in the sense that he could blaze through a zillion notes a minute. He was worshipped by guitarists around the world, but you'd never know it from talking to him.<p>"I don't really have all that much technique anyway, so I try to the best with what I have you know," he said to me earlier this year.<p>The best he had influenced half a century of jazz musicians, earned him the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master honor and widely designated him as one of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Tom Cole 53002 at http://weku.fm Remembering Jim Hall, A Different Sort Of Guitar God Richie Havens, Folk Singer Who Opened Woodstock, Has Died http://weku.fm/post/richie-havens-folk-singer-who-opened-woodstock-has-died <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf1B9ktRCkg</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:30:00 +0000 Tom Cole 43100 at http://weku.fm Richie Havens, Folk Singer Who Opened Woodstock, Has Died Saving The Sounds Of America http://weku.fm/post/saving-sounds-america We've been able to record sound for over 125 years, but many of the recordings that have been made in that time are in terrible shape. Many more, even recordings made in the past 10 years, are in danger because rapid technological changes have rendered their software obsolete. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:22:00 +0000 Tom Cole 39832 at http://weku.fm Saving The Sounds Of America What A Life: The Day I Met Elliott Carter http://weku.fm/post/what-life-day-i-met-elliott-carter Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Elliott Carter died this week, a month shy of his 104th birthday. He had a huge influence on modern classical music. So in 2008, when Elliott Carter was celebrating his centennial, NPR's Tom Cole went to New York City to interview him. And he has this remembrance of what it was like to meet the storied composer.<p>TOM COLE, BYLINE: I was terrified. Sat, 10 Nov 2012 12:33:00 +0000 Tom Cole 35656 at http://weku.fm Janet Feder: An Avant-Garde Artist Takes A Real Risk http://weku.fm/post/janet-feder-avant-garde-artist-takes-real-risk <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOzinX8e9Pw</p> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 10:58:00 +0000 Tom Cole 29968 at http://weku.fm Janet Feder: An Avant-Garde Artist Takes A Real Risk Steve Popovich, Producer And Label Exec Who Signed Meat Loaf, Is Dead http://weku.fm/post/steve-popovich-producer-and-label-exec-who-signed-meat-loaf-dead Steve Popovich, who died Wednesday, was one of those old-fashioned guys who started at the bottom and worked his way up to the top but never forgot why he got into the music business. It might sound like a cliché but it's true, and it's a good story. Popovich died in Tennessee, where he lived. He was 68 years old.<p>Popovich is probably best known for doggedly making <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/126619657/meat-loaf" target="_blank">Meat Loaf</a> a star. Take that for what you will - for my money, Popovich's own story is far more interesting. Thu, 09 Jun 2011 17:30:00 +0000 Tom Cole 6012 at http://weku.fm Library of Congress Launches 'National Jukebox' http://weku.fm/post/library-congress-launches-national-jukebox The National Jukebox is spinning tunes – and you don't have to drop any coin to get it to play. Today the Library of Congress and Sony Music Entertainment announced the launch of what's being billed as "the largest collection of historical recordings ever made publicly available online."<a href="http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/" target="_blank"></a><p><a href="http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/" target="_blank">The new website</a> provides access to more than 10-thousand historical recordings for free on a streaming-only basis – no downloads. Tue, 10 May 2011 22:45:00 +0000 Tom Cole 3395 at http://weku.fm Library of Congress Launches 'National Jukebox' Phoebe Snow, 'Poetry Man' Singer, Has Died http://weku.fm/post/phoebe-snow-poetry-man-singer-has-died Phoebe Snow had one of the most distinctive voices in pop music. It went silent Tuesday morning, more than a year after Snow suffered a brain hemorrhage. She was 58.<p>Snow was 22 when "Poetry Man" reached the Top 10 in 1975. The song sounded like nothing else on the radio. It was refreshing and unusual to see someone embraced on the strength of her voice and songwriting alone — and not her looks. Tue, 26 Apr 2011 16:30:00 +0000 Tom Cole 2270 at http://weku.fm Phoebe Snow, 'Poetry Man' Singer, Has Died A Kink Kook Listens Again — This Time With A Critical Ear http://weku.fm/post/kink-kook-listens-again-%E2%80%94-time-critical-ear <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15420606" target="_blank">The Kinks</a> are my favorite band. I am what used to be called (by their lame publicity machine anyway) a "Kink Kook."<p>One of my most indelible musical memories is of seeing/hearing the Kinks. It was sometime in the early 1970s. The band had previously canceled two Washington, D.C.-area concerts, and at the last the promoter came out on stage and told us to hold onto our ticket stubs. He said he would honor them the next time he could book the band in D.C. Mon, 25 Apr 2011 19:27:00 +0000 Tom Cole 2204 at http://weku.fm A Kink Kook Listens Again — This Time With A Critical Ear John Renbourn: Renaissance Dance http://weku.fm/post/john-renbourn-renaissance-dance John Renbourn was among the best of the guitarists to come out of the British folk-rock, folk-jazz, folk-Baroque or whatever-you-want-to-call-it movement of the early 1960s. Davey Graham forged the path of combining jazz, classical and folk on a fingerpicked, steel-stringed guitar. Thu, 14 Apr 2011 16:30:00 +0000 Tom Cole 1546 at http://weku.fm John Renbourn: Renaissance Dance Billy Bang, Jazz Violinist And Vietnam Veteran, Dies At 63 http://weku.fm/post/billy-bang-jazz-violinist-and-vietnam-veteran-dies-63 Billy Bang, a violinist known for intense performances and a wide-ranging sensibility, died Monday night, his manager Jean-Pierre Leduc confirmed. Bang, who had been suffering from lung cancer, was 63.<p>Born William Walker in 1947, Bang was an important figure on the experimental jazz scene that blossomed in New York in the 1970s. Tue, 12 Apr 2011 21:31:00 +0000 Tom Cole 1434 at http://weku.fm Billy Bang, Jazz Violinist And Vietnam Veteran, Dies At 63