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Apr 19, 2014 — Canadian jazz saxophonist Christine Jensen has begun using a full "jazz orchestra" of up to 18 players, opening new horizons for her. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Jensen about her new album, Habitat.
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Meet the Masters: Bill Smith, Basketmaker & Storyteller, Colton

Bill Smith is known throughout the Adirondacks and beyond as a master of many traditional arts of the region, including the making of split ash baskets. He also performs and records stories and songs about local life, including his 1994 collection Tales from the Featherbed.  Go to full article

Song: Helplessly Hoping performed by the Singing Sinners

The women's vocal ensemble Singing Sinners from St. Lawrence University performing Helplessly Hoping. Recorded in the NCPR studio, May 2000.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: La Famille Ouimet, French American Traditions

The Ouimet family see themselves as preservers of a number of vanishing traditions. They play traditional music in the French American ethnic tradition, and they pass the music on within the family, performing as a family band. Old-style Quebecois rugmaking is among the other talents of this Valley Falls family.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Don Woodcock, Champion Fiddler

Don Woodcock, a dairyman from Kendrew Corners won the New York Fiddling Championship so often, he was declared grand champion and asked to retire from the competition. He...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Mohawk Choir of St. Regis

Catholicism has its roots deeps in the history of Akwesasne, the St. Regis Mohawk reservation straddling the St. Lawrence River between the US and Canada, going back to the...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Clarence "Daddy Dick" Richards, Country Music Pioneer, Lake Luzerne

By the age of twelve, Clarence Richards was playing fiddle for local dances in the Corinth area of Saratoga County and substituting for the caller when necessary. Early in...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Jim & Colleen Cleveland, Ballad Singers, Brant Lake

Jim Cleveland and his daughter Colleen are descendants of Scottish and Irish settlers and sing the traditional ballads of those communities, usually without unaccompaniment....  Go to full article

Queen Jane performed by Sara Cleveland

Sara Cleveland was a nationally-famous ballad singer of her generation. We hear her version of the British ballad Queen Jane, the only known recording from a US...  Go to full article

The Last Farewell and Come All Ye Maidens performed by Colleen Cleveland

For their work as preservationists and performers, Colleen and her father Jim were recognized by TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York) with a North Country Heritage...  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Paul & Vic Kibler, Fiddler & Pianist, Vails Mills & Plattsburgh

Vic Kibler continues a strong musical tradition in the southern Adirondacks, performing many old-standard jigs, reels, and hornpipes he got from his family. Vic's youngest...  Go to full article

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