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TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe's Side Project; SNL Bandleader Lenny Pickett; AKA Doc Pomus

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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Tunde Adebimpe performs with Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band in the Soundcheck studio. Tunde Adebimpe performs with Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: Tunde Adebimpe of Brooklyn indie heroes TV On The Radio joins us with his side project, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, to perform live in the studio.

Plus: AKA Doc Pomus is a documentary film that tells the story of Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder (aka Doc Pomus), who wrote some of the best known hits of the 1950s and '60s, including "Save the Last Dance for Me," "A Teenager in Love" and "Viva Las Vegas." Guests include filmmaker Peter Miller and Doc's daughter Sharyn Felder.

And: The sax-blasting musical director of the Saturday Night Live band, Lenny Pickett, talks about his 29th year on the job and shares a Pick Three.

SNL Bandleader Lenny Pickett

If there’s one sound that characterizes the Saturday Night Live opening theme, it’s that wailing, fluttering and occasionally ear-splitting lead tenor sax. Lenny Pickett has been playing those legendary solos with the SNL band for almost 30 years – and he’s been the band’s musical director for almost 20. He gives us a glimpse of life behind the scenes at SNL -- and shares with us a Pick Three

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