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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.
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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
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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
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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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The State of Things
10:44 am
Fri December 6, 2013

'The Voice' Finalist Comes Home To Raleigh

Kat on "The Voice"

Kat Robichaud was a musician long before she got her big break on this season of NBC’s  “The Voice.” She was in a cover band for years before landing a spot on the hit television series. She was eliminated from the show a few weeks ago, but said on the State of Things today that her time there was a highlight of her career.

"It was a dream come true," she said. "It was amazing."

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The State of Things
11:39 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Hillside Hornets March Through History

Hillside High School Marching Band
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Host Frank Stasio talks with Rhonda Klevansky, director of One Band Indivisible; Xavier Cason, former band director of the Hillside Marching Hornets; and Britany Burch, a former student in the Hillside Marching Hornets

  

The Hillside High School Marching Hornets is one of the premier marching bands in the state. The Durham band hails from one of North Carolina's only historically-black schools. Generations of families in Durham have marched with the Hornets. A new documentary, One Band Indivisble, follows a year in the life of the Marching Hornets. 

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Classical Music Comes Alive In The Triangle

Musicians from New Music Raleigh perform in a production called Penelope at Kings Barcade.
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Host Frank Stasio talks to John Supko, an assistant professor at Duke University and the creator of All Souls; and Shawn Galvin, curator for New Music Raleigh

  

Indy Rock does a good job of getting new music out to the ears of listeners. The same cannot be said of classical style music or opera. 

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The State of Things
11:53 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Breakthrough Year In Bluegrass for Steep Canyon Rangers

The Steep Canyon Rangers
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First Host Frank Stasio talks with The Steep Canyon Rangers and they perform live on The State of Things

    

2013 has been a huge year for the western North Carolina bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers. The band released a new album “Tell The Ones I Love,” won a Grammy award for “Best Bluegrass Album,”  and toured with actor Steve Martin. 

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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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