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From the Archives: Our Favorite Fresh Air Concerts, Part 3.

Kansas City pianist Jay McShann. As a big band leader in the 40s and 50s, McShann helped start the careers of jazz stars like Charlie Parker and Big Joe Turner. He performs "When I Grow To Old To Dream." (rebroadcast from 10/8/87)

Arthel "Doc" Watson, one of America's premier acoustic folk guitarists. His flat-pick style of playing traditional folk and bluegrass has made his sound one of the most distinctive of any folk artist. He's won at least four Grammys. In the folk music community, Watson is best known for his part in preserving the traditional ballads and melodies of southern Appalachia. He'll perform "Make Me a Pallet on the Floor." Jack Lawrence joins Watson. (Rebroadcast of 1/13/1989)

Songwriter, pianist and singer Dr. John. Known in his native New Orleans as Mac Rebennack, his music has evolved from the psychedelic voodoo-rock he played in the 1960's to the classic piano he plays today. Dr. John performs his hit "Lazy River." (Rebroadcast from 3/25/1988)

A live concert with New Orleans songwriter, pianist and singer Allen Toussaint, he performs his timeless hit "Working in the Coal Mine." For over twenty years he's been a force in New Orleans rhythm and blues scene. (Rebroadcast. Originally broadcast on Friday, May 27, 1988.)


Other segments from the episode on October 29, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 29, 1993: Interviews with various musicians; Commentary on rock, teens, and suicide.


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