Music

WEAA offers an exquisite mixture of music programming, with a focus on artists, not labels. Our music is rooted in mainstream and contemporary jazz and is complimented by gospel, blues, reggae, world music, and hip-hop and even house music.

BALTIMORE, MD (WEAA) — Award-winning journalist and professor at Morgan State University Wayne Dawkins joins Robert Shahid to celebrate the musical genius, Stevie Wonder.

Professor Dawkins shares his unique perceptive on the legendary performer as the two discuss the fascinating history of Stevie Wonders’ music. 

Tiny Desk Meets AFROPUNK: Luedji Luna

May 10, 2021

Tiny Desk Meets AFROPUNK: ChocQuibTown

Apr 27, 2021

Phil Schaap's 50-Year Career: The Raconteur Raised On Jazz

Apr 23, 2021

It's not hard to imagine a world where a search for the phrase "jazz connoisseur" turns up a photo of the grinning mug of Phil Schaap. As a historian and educator, a Grammy-winning reissue producer, a curator and a pontificator, Schaap has more than earned his prestigious stature as the 2021 A.B.

Demi Lovato: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Apr 20, 2021
NPR MUSIC

Very Very Henry Threadgill

Apr 15, 2021

We celebrate Threadgill's induction to the 2021 class of NEA Jazz Masters, with a rare retrospective from 2014 that celebrates the genius of Henry Threadgill.

Henry Threadgill's music has always pushed boundaries. Two tubas with two guitars, a "sextett" with seven members, a free-improvising trio with an instrument made of hubcaps, a dance orchestra: Nothing is off the table.

Sarah Vaughan : A Divine Jazz Pioneer

Apr 13, 2021
www.britannica.com/biography/Sarah-Vaughan

(WEAA) - Sarah Vaughan was an American jazz vocalist and pianist in the early 1940s.

 

She plays a role in jazz history, being known for the versatility of her vocal ability.

 

 

Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Sarah Vaughan was the daughter of amateur musicians.

 

She developed a love for music at the age of 7, studying piano and organ along with singing in the church choir at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

 

Ella Fitzgerald: The First Lady of Song

Apr 13, 2021
www.biography.com/musician/ella-fitzgerald

(WEAA) - Known for the rare sweetness in her voice, particularly in her scat singing, Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular American jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century.

 

Throughout her career, she has performed alongside other influential jazz artists such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole, and Dizzy Gillespie.

 

Before fame, Fitzgerald went through a rough patch in her life becoming an orphan at the age of 15.

 

Rick Ross: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Apr 13, 2021
NPR Music

April is Jazz Appreciation Month: our chance to herald and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz music. 

Spotlight on Women in Music with Mykel Hunter: Annie Lennox

Apr 2, 2021
Photo credit: @AnnieLennox on Twitter

(WEAA) —Known for her androgynous look and distinctive voice, Scottish singer-songwriter and political activist, Annie Lennox achieved moderate success in the late 1970s as a member of the new wave band The Tourists.

International success followed in the 1980s when she and Dave Stewart established Eurythmics.

Join Mykel Hunter on “Spotlight on Women in Music”  to hear the icon’s story.

  

 

Precious few have earned – just one, really – the honor to be proclaimed "the Grace Jones of jazz," but Lady Blackbird is not your average interpreter. Blackbird released a bold debut last year with her slow-burning version of Nina Simone's "Blackbird," while her second single, "Beware the Stranger," was a similarly intense reworking of "Wanted Dead or Alive," the rare groove classic popularized by the Voices of East Harlem. Last October, she released a gorgeously melancholy take on the James Gang's "Collage."

Black Coffee: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Mar 29, 2021

What does a line from a James Joyce novel sound like on the piano? Or a scribble from the visual artist Cy Twombly? Can you translate the organic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright into music? For pianist and composer Myra Melford, there is inspiration in all of the above, "a kind of dialogue for me – a thing to bounce my ideas off of."

Pages