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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.

AKA Doc Pomus

He called himself “Doc Pomus,” and he wrote some of the most iconic songs of the 1950's and '60s; songs like “Viva Las Vegas,” “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “This Magic Moment.” But a new documentary called "AKA Doc Pomus” aims to share the story of the man behind the hits -- a disabled Brooklyn songwriter who succeeded in the music industry against all odds.

We talk with one of the film’s directors, Peter Miller, as well as Doc Pomus's daughter and the film’s producer, Sharyn Felder.


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


Watch: Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band

Watch Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band -- a new project from TV On The Radio's Tunde Adebimpe -- in the Soundcheck studio.

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