The State of Things
12:17 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

The Bucket Brothers' Young Talent

10-year-old Casey Valleroy, host Frank Stasio, and 14-year-old Logan Valleroy
Credit Carol Jackson / WUNC


Logan and Casey Valleroy have years of experience playing nine different instruments.

The years of musical experience are impressive since they have a combined total of 24 years of life.

The duo known as The Bucket Brothers has released three albums, played live with members of big-name local bands like The Old Ceremony and the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and they haven’t even entered high school yet.

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The State of Things
12:24 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Kate And Keith Become "Genevieve & Ferdinand"

Genevieve and Ferdinand Live

Host Frank Stasio talks with jazz duo Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz

Jazz vocalist Kate McGarry and her guitarist husband Keith Ganz have been collaborating for a decade. Kate headlined their New York City-based jazz ensemble that recorded five albums, including Grammy-nominated "If Less Is More, Nothing Is Everything."

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

NC Author Explores the Hidden Story Behind Lee Morgan's Killer

The Lady Who Shot Lee Morgan

Author Larry Thomas previews his new book, 'The Lady Who Shot Lee Morgan'


In 1972, jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan was fatally shot in a New York City club where he had performed. The killer of the 33 year-old? His common-law wife Helen Morgan. After the incident, she disappeared from the public eye and little else was known about her until recently.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Rising Star In Jazz Performs Thursday, Duke Performances

Credit Gregory Porter

A rising young star in jazz is headed to Durham Thursday night. Gregory Porter was a college football player when he was sidelined with an injury. So, he turned to music. He cut an album and was still an unknown singer when he was selected by Wynton Marsalis to do a residency with Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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The State of Things
12:23 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Louis Armstrong's Groundbreaking Decade In Chicago

Louis Armstrong Master of Modernism
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Professor and author Thomas Brothers talks about his latest book, Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism


Louis Armstrong is a integral figure in American popular music. And although many know him for his 1960s hits like "Hello Dolly" and "What a Wonderful World," his career in the 1920s and 30s really set a precedent for jazz vocals and instrumentals for future generations. 

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The State Of Things
12:29 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Stunning Images Detail Chicago's Jazz Renaissance

Archibald J. Motley Jr., Hot Rhythm, 1961. Oil on canvas, 40 x 48.375 inches (101.6 x 122.9 cm). Collection of Mara Motley, MD, and Valerie Gerrard Browne. Image courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, Chicago, Illinois. © Valerie Gerrard Browne.

Archibald Motley is one of the most well-known painters of the Harlem Renaissance even though he never lived in Harlem. He spent most of his career documenting the nightlife scene in both Chicago and Paris.

Motley's images explode with color. Reds, blues greens. It's almost impossible to look away. Yet his work is not widely available to the public. Many of his most important creations are held in private collections. But now, 42 works from 1919 to 1960 are on display at Duke University's Nasher Museum.

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The State of Things
1:00 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

The Evolution Of The Music Of Branford Marsalis

Credit Palma Kolansky

The Evolution Of The Music Of Branford Marsalis

Grammy-award winning artist Branford Marsalis is one of the world’s leading jazz artists. 

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The State of Things
12:54 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Need Fresh Music For The Holidays? Four Off-Beat Album Recommendations

Peter Lamb and the Wolves
Credit Peter Lamb / Peter Lamb and the Wolves

Peter Lamb and the Wolves know a great deal about community love and support. Their last two albums have been completely crowd-funded through Kickstarter. And although Peter Lamb says it doesn't alter the way they make music, he'll tell you it definitely turns up the heat. 

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The State Of Things
10:23 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Swing Music Has Come And Gone And Come Again

Mint Julep Jazz Band
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The Mint Julep Jazz Band plays live in the WUNC studio at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science


The Mint Julep Jazz Band was named “Best Musical Artist” by Durham Magazine. 

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The State of Things
11:09 am
Fri November 8, 2013

The Hot At Nights Release New Album

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The Hot at Nights are a Raleigh jazz trio with flare.

They have played some of the hottest jazz spots across the country. Now they appear on The State of Things to promote their new album, “Try This!” Host Frank Stasio talks with the band about their new album and they play live in the studio.

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