Music

The State of Things
5:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Acclaimed Conductor/Musician On The State Of Things Tuesday

Dmitry Sitkovetsky
Credit Greensboro Symphony

The State of Things will be Live at Triad Stage in Greensboro on January 21.

Frank Stasio will have a number of guests including the Azerbaijani violinist who has led the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra for more than a decade.

Musician, arranger and conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky has performed across the globe: from Azerbaijan to Moscow and Los Angeles to New York.

For the last decade, he has served as music director of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.

Sikovetsky will perform live on the Triad Stage.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Durham Singer-Songwriter Anna Rose Beck Writes Of Love, Loss And Longing On New Album

Anna Rose Beck
Credit Anna Rose Beck / annarosebeck.com

When singer-songwriter Anna Rose Beck last appeared on our show, she was trading engineering studies at Duke University for a full-time career as a musician. Now she is fully devoted to her musical career and her newest album, Glass House in Outer Space, garnered a lot of support on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter.

Anna Rose Beck performs live in-studio, and talks with Frank Stasio about her new album. She is joined by Elana Scheiner on cello and Marc Harkness on guitar.

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Arts & Culture
1:24 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Two Cool Banjos On Display At New Earl Scruggs Center In Shelby, NC

The Super Earl
Credit Gibson

Earl Scruggs was a North Carolina native, a banjo virtuoso who was instrumental in the development of the classic bluegrass banjo sound.  There's a new museum, the Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, North Carolina, which honors his legacy. Annmarie Reiley-Kay is the curator. We asked Annmarie what she's most excited by in the new collection. She immediately told us about two of his instruments.

The Super Earl

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The State of Things
1:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Adding A Dash Of Synthesizer To Rock And Roll

Heads on Sticks performs on The State of Things.
Credit Logan Sayles

Adding A Dash Of Synthesizer To Rock And Roll, Heads on Sticks Play Live

David Mueller is well known for playing bass in Birds of Avalon, a band which has been signed on a big label and toured internationally.  

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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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Arts & Culture
12:48 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Duke's John Brown Jazzes Up Christmas With Durham's Nnenna Freelon

CD cover for 'Christmas' - Nnenna Freelon and the John Brown Big Band

Christmas music. It's nearly inescapable at this time of year - on the radio, in shops, in cafes, everywhere. When Phoebe Judge sat down to talk about "Christmas" with jazz double bassist John Brown, the question arose: Why would musicians want to add to the large catalog of existing Christmas songs and recordings?

"It comes from a place of joy," said the double bassist. "We wanted to take this material that's tested, tried and true and say something different about it."

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The State Of Things
11:59 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Irish Tenor Treks Across Ireland To Pursue His Dreams

Anthony Kearns singing at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Credit gageskidmore / Flickr

Irish Tenor Anthony Kearns Treks Across Ireland To Pursue His Dreams

Twenty-two year-old Anthony Kearns was working in sales when he decided to try out for the radio competition "Ireland's Search for a Tenor." He earned an in-person audition after singing "Danny Boy" over the phone. After hitchhiking across Ireland, he won the entire competition.  

Host Frank Stasio talks with Anthony Kearns, member of The Irish Tenors about his journey. The Irish Tenors are performing tonight at the Carolina Theater in Durham.   

Arts & Culture
6:30 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

He’s Greensboro North Carolina’s Famous ‘Singing Waiter’

Bobby 'Jaybird' Williams
Credit Soul Central Band

His name is Bobby 'Jaybird' Williams. He works at a diner in Greensboro, and he sings while he works. A lot. Sometimes he dances. 

He says he's worked with the family that owns Fincastles for a long time. He worked with them as a warehouse manager and he sang then. Now he has a bigger stage at the restaurant. 

And his band, Soul Central is also performing regularly.

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The State Of Things
4:02 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Integrating The Navy Through Music

The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy
Credit http://core.ecu.edu / ECU Creative Writing department

Integrating The Navy Through Music

  

The United States military today has a diverse array of service men and women. But in the early 20th Century, that was far from the case. In World War II, African American men were still predominantly relegated to minor roles. The B-1 Navy band began to change that. It was made up of the first African American men to hold a position higher than messman in the United States Navy. And it was the first of many black World War II Navy bands. 

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Wed December 11, 2013

African American Music Trails Of Eastern North Carolina

African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina
Credit uncpressblog.com / unc press

Maceo Parker, Billy Taylor, Thelonius Monk: many soul and jazz legends have North Carolina roots. The new book "African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina," creates a road map of African American musical history.

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