Music

In Performance at the White House "A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement" on WXXI-TV

Thu, 02/11/2010 - 8:00pm

President and Mrs. Obama host a concert in the White House East Room in honor of Black History Month.

An Evening With Smokey Robinson

Sun, 02/07/2010 - 11:00pm

Gwen Ifill talks with Smokey Robinson, giving viewers an insider’s look at the life and career of the Motown legend.

AMERICAN MASTERS “Sam Cooke: Crossing Over”

Sat, 02/25/2012 - 3:00pm

Sam Cooke created a new American sound and set into motion a chain of events that forever altered the course of popular music and race relations in America.

New Year Resolution

Happy New Year! While zillions of people aspire to start fresh, to stop smoking, lose weight, and eat healthier foods, I resolve to eat better quality chocolate and update my blog more regularly. To that end, I offer you two items.

 

Best Music of 2009

In reviewing the music of 2009, I was struck by how good it actually was. My first thought was that no one recording knocked me out as the run away best of the year, but there were so many exceptional ones, it was hard to pick just ten.

Austin City Limits: Mos Def/ K'naan

Sun, 01/17/2010 - 12:00am

Canadian-Somali poet, rapper and musician, K'naan, performs on Austin City Limits.

The Rochester Festival of Lessons and Carols

Thu, 12/24/2009 - 11:00pm

Tune in for a Christmas Eve tradition.

Happy Holidays, or rather, "Feliz Navidad!"

Happy Holidays from your afternoon host guy on WXXI!  It's been a busy Fall, but now that the Winter is officially upon us, I thought I'd offer a little Christmas present to you.  The Eastman Wind Ensemble just toured to Michigan and Chicago, playing at the prestigious Midwest Clinic.

Murder By Mistletoe

I'm a sucker for this sound. It's The Felice Brothers. I'd recommend it for just the piano break alone, for the way it starts to tip over, but the lyrics are interesting too. There's a man drifting off to sleep in an "attic full of make believe" while carolers sing in the street. Later he watches a woman smile on TV and ends up "laying with last year's love, high as the moon above."

Independent Lens presents Young@Heart

Tue, 01/12/2010 - 9:00pm

Go on tour with two-dozen talented seniors who remain young in spirit.