KCRW's Cafe LA

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    • Ryuichi Sakamoto
      Ryuichi Sakamoto
      Episode 9
      Tom interviews Ryuichi Sakamoto, the Academy Award-winning Japanese composer about his love for John Cage, Toru Takemitsu, his fame, and his latest two-CD set, "Playing the Piano and Out of Noise".
    • Herbie Hancock
      Herbie Hancock
      Episode 8
      He's a giant in modern music, a jazz titan who's nevertheless managed to achieve popular success as well. Lionized by musicians from both pop and jazz, by other giants like Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock achieved fame in the 60's as Miles Davis' pianist, in the 70's with the classic Head Hunters record, and in the 80's with Rockit, work with African musicians like Manu Dibango, Foday Musa Suso and Cuban percussionist Daniel Ponce. He also recently did the Joni album, a tribute to Joni Mitchell, honoring her songs and musical legacy. Hard to believe, this is his first visit to KCRW. He joins Tom at 1pm to talk about his latest endeavor, The Imagine Project.moreless
    • Caravan Palace
      Caravan Palace
      Episode 7
      Caravan Palace is a new French band, one that creates a scintillating melange of gypsy jazz a la Django Reinhardt and electronica. They stopped by our studios a few weeks ago in advance of a performance in Downtown LA that was, by all reports, pretty incredible. DJ Tom Schnabel airs the performance along with an interview with the band. It is their first live performance on U.S. radio.moreless
    • Little Dragon
      Little Dragon
      Episode 6
      Little Dragon is made up of Yukimi Nagano, late vocalist of Koop, and three super Swedish musicians. Little Dragon's one solo album has been phenomenally popular at KCRW and their fan base continues to grow all over the world. Ms. Nagano is of American and Japanese background, and grew up in Sweden. She is one of the most unusual and distinctive vocalists we have encountered.moreless
    • Austin Peralta
      Austin Peralta
      Episode 5
      Seventeen-year old jazz pianist Austin Peralta, son of filmmaker Stacy Peralta, performs live-on-tape at 2 pm. Peralta started playing classical piano at a very early age and discovered jazz at the age of 6. He looks like a typical westside skateboarder but he sounds like McCoy Tyner when he is seated at the keyboard. He has recorded several albums with jazz heavyweights for the Japanese market (on Sony), but has yet to sign with a US label. This is his KCRW debut. He's working with saxophonist Zane Musa, Cuban superbassist Carlitos del Puerto and drummer Joey Giachello.moreless
    • Dengue Fever
      Dengue Fever
      Episode 4
      A return live set and interview by your favorite Cambodian psychedelic surf band, Dengue Fever.
    • Ana Moura
      Ana Moura
      Episode 3
      Portuguese fado singer Ana Moura performs live on my show this Sunday at 2 p.m. She is a fast-rising star in the fado universe, just having completed a brilliant new cd, Para Alem do Saudade (Beyond Sadness). The Rolling Stones were so smitten by her sultry fados (archetypal Portuguese music form) that they recorded a version of their ballad "No Expectations" with her. This is her debut KCRW performance.moreless
    • Sophie Milman
      Sophie Milman
      Episode 2
      Though still a student attending university in Toronto, Sophie Milman nevertheless has recorded a great new cd "Make Someone Happy" which has captivated both fans and critics everywhere. She'll bring her group in for an exclusive live performance on Café LA.
    • Jessica Fichot
      Jessica Fichot
      Episode 1
      Born in the U.S and raised in France to a French father and Chinese mother, Jessica Fichot's multicultural upbringing had an early influence on her songwriting. Fichot's music career began in small coffee shops in Paris. After traveling to Boston and becoming a graduate of the Berklee School of Music; she wrote childrens' music for educational programs and has now traveled to Los Angeles to focus on her own music and songwriting. The result is a wonderful debut album called 'Le Chemin' which finds her beautiful voice singing in English, French, Spanish and Chinese. The songs range in style from classic Django-esque swing to a dreamy Anglo French rendition of the song 'Dream a Little Dream of Me'. Tom Schnabel, host of Café L.A was immediately captivated by this young chanteuse and quickly arranged to have her come and perform on his show. Despite confessing to being nervous, Jessica and her acoustic ensemble turned in a vivacious and enchanting set of five songs, featured on her CD 'Le Chemin'. Check out this marvelous star on the rise.moreless