Lionel Loueke Trio - The West African guitarist and vocalist is one of the most distinctive artists on the world-music scene. Loueke gets African-style rhythms going, tapping on his guitar and using his effects pedals. At the Kennedy Center, the music grows, as the band revels in itself and then slims back down.
Geof Bradfield's 'Melba!' - Not long ago, when musicians needed good charts, they called Melba Liston. Now, saxophonist Geof Bradfield and his Chicago ensemble offer the radio premiere of a suite commissioned by Chamber Music America. The work traces Liston's remarkable life story.