Here's the mostly female Cajun group Bonsoir, Catin live at the Cajun & Zydeco Nights Festival at Saulieu, in Burgundy region of France. Bonsoir, Catin will play on Sunday at this weekend's Cajun & Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival in Armstrong Park. If you can't be there, listen to our live broadcast of Sunday's performances.
Milwaukee's the alt-rock pioneers the Violent Femmes perform "Kiss Off," a track from their eponymous 1983 debut album. Singer Gordon Gano is in fine voice and sounds like the 1980s never ended... Recorded live in Studio A at WFMU at Fordham University on May 20, 2015.
For fans of the art of percussion: in this video, shot during SXSW in Austin this past spring by NPR Music, Brazilian rock band Apanhador Só makes rhythms and beats from found items, including a children's bicycle and a kazoo.
Stride piano pioneer William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith (1893-1973), a.k.a. Willie "The Lion" Smith, does a remarkable 6-song, 28 minute set on the BBC in 1965. If you're not sure what "stride" piano means, let Smith demonstrate and explain as he performs compositions ranging from Chopin to "St Louis Blues".
New Orleans jazz singer Sharon Martin performs "Take the A Train," one of Duke Ellington's signature numbers and composed by Billy Strayhorn. Sharon's version was recorded live by WWOZ last February, at the historic Basin St. Station in New Orleans.
"Queen of the Blues" and Blues Hall of Famer Koko Taylor (d. 2009) does Willie Dixon's "Wang Dang Doodle" in a 1967 studio performance. In 1966, Taylor's version reached #13 on the Billboard R&B chart and #58 on the pop chart.
For your hot summer holiday viewing pleasure, here's a 33-minute set of cool jazz from Dave Brubeck, recorded live in Germany in 1966. The tracks include "Take The ‘A’ Train," "Forty Days," "I’m In A Dancing Mood," "Koto Song," and "Take Five."
Legendary Texas country blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist extraordinare Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins (1912-1982) demonstrates his distinctive fingerstyle in this cover of the classic Ray Charles song "What'd I Say". Hopkins' New York Times obit called him "one of the great county blues" players, and "perhaps the greatest single influence on rock guitar players."