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The Beatles and Black America

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Friday, August 05, 2011

The early sound of the Beatles was shaped by African American musicians like Chuck Berry and Little Richard. Today, guest host Elliott Forrest looks at how The Fab Four influenced - and were influenced by - the music of black America. Plus: The piano trio Trio con Brio Copenhagen plays live in the studio.


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Elliott Forrest

Coming Together

A new CD collection called “Come Together” compiles Beatles covers that were recorded by African-American artists. We'll discuss how black musicians shaped – and were shaped by – the Fab Four. Guests include the author of the disc’s liner notes, Tony Rounce, and music journalist Nelson George.

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Your Comments: Boogie Nights and Belching Bassoons

Soundcheck guest host Elliott Forrest shares some of our listeners' comments and suggestions from our segments on New York's roller disco scene and the "clown of the orchestra," otherwise known as the bassoon.


In Studio: Trio con Brio Copenhagen

Trio con Brio Copenhagen likes to say that two plus two equals three. That’s because the group is made up of two pairs – sisters Soo-Jin and Soo-Kyung Hong… and married couple Jens Elvekjaer and Soo-Kyung Hong. While you’re doing the math, the award-winning piano trio will play live in our studio.


Playlist: The Beatles & Black America + Trio con Brio Copenhagen

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Roy Eaton

Gig Alert: Roy Eaton

Classical concert pianist Roy Eaton first played Carnegie Hall in 1937 at the tender age of 7. Download "Fantasie Impromptu" from The Meditative Chopin here.

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Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra

Gig Alert: Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra

The Brooklyn crooner Ethan Lipton has a certain lounge-singer charm and a mischievous mustache. Download “Girl from the Renaissance Faire” here.


Bassam Saba

Gig Alert: Bassam Saba and the New York Arabic Orchestra

Arabic musician Bassam Saba is a master of middle-eastern instrumentation and composition. Download "Wonderful Land" here for free.