Are you familiar with the Gypsy-punk band Junk Parlor? If not, listen into the second hour as songwriter, guitarist, lead vocalist Jason Vanderford talks with host Derk Richardson about the Oakland band and shares music from the new album, Electricity for Dreams. Also, musical tributes to the recently deceased Wah Wah Watson, Tony Joe White, … Continued

Myra Melford is one of the most important composers, pianists, and bandleaders in contemporary music. Tonight she discusses, with host Derk Richardson, the inspirations, strategies, and collaborations that shape her jazz-rooted music, especially as it manifests in her Snowy Egret ensemble, which has a new recording, The Other Side of Air (Firehouse 12 Records), and will appear at the SFJAZZ Center Nov. … Continued

In a special, live, in-studio concert, reed virtuoso and composer Sheldon Brown (alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, and laptop) leads an all-star Bay Area septet that includes Darren Johnston on trumpet, Alan Hall on drums, John Finkbeiner on guitar, Michael Wilcox on bass, Andrew Joron on Theramin, and the extraordinary vocalist Lorin Benedict. Poetry by the late … Continued

Tune in for a live in-studio concert by bassist/vocalist Jeff Denson‘s quartet with Paul Hanson, bassoon, Dahveed Behroozi, piano, and Dillon Vado, drums. It’s a preview of the CD release tour for Denson’s new album, Outside My Window. Derk Richardson hosts, and Tony Ferro engineers. In the second hour, bassist/composer Lisa Mezzacappa and saxophonist/composer Kasey Knudsen … Continued

On a rare visit to the Bay Area from his home in Bergamo, Italy, guitarist (and guitar-maker) Buck Curran stops by KPFA to visit with host Derk Richardson and perform his original music live in the performance studio, with Tony Ferro engineering. Initially known in acoustic guitar and freak-folk circles for the five albums he made with … Continued

Host Derk Richardson welcomes Avotcja and Michelle Jacques to “The Hear and Now” to talk about and share music from their respective groups — Avotcja & Modúpue and CHELLE! and Friends — to preview their upcoming double bill — “Tradition on the Fringe” — this Saturday night, September 8, at Ashkenaz in Berkeley. We also celebrate the life and honor the … Continued