Introducing an ongoing series devoted to bringing the best in music to our worldwide audience.  From intimate settings to thrilling stage performances to artist interviews, Music Alley brings together a collection of original music programs that showcase the craftsmanship and creativity found in American music.

The series begins with two new programs: "Hamilton Live," a concert series filmed on location in Washington, D.C., and "Beyond Category," a jazz and blues show hosted by jazz musician Eric Felten. And j
oin host Larry London every third Wednesday for the world's best variety of music and your requests on "Border Crossings." Call or email us during the show and tell us what you want to hear!

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Beyond Category with Eric Felten

The great Duke Ellington described the best music as being "beyond category." The new VOA TV program "Beyond Category with Eric Felten" brings the best of jazz, blues, swing, and more. Host Eric Felten, a jazz trombonist in his own right, interviews great artists - and sits in to perform with them, taking the audience on an unpredictable musical adventure.

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Beyond Category: Romero Lubamboi
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June 19, 2014 1:52 PM
Guitarist Romero Lubambo is one of the great virtuosos of Brazilian jazz. He has recorded with everyone from Wynton Marsalis to Yo-Yo Ma, and his new solo album received five-stars in Down Beat magazine. Romero joins Beyond Category host Eric Felten to perform and talk about his career playing bossa-nova.
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Video Beyond Category: Romero Lubambo

Guitarist Romero Lubambo is one of the great virtuosos of Brazilian jazz. He has recorded with everyone from Wynton Marsalis to Yo-Yo Ma, and his new solo album received five-stars in Down Beat magazine. Romero joins Beyond Category host Eric Felten to perform and talk about his career playing bossa-nova.
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Video Beyond Category: John Pizzarelli

Singer and guitarist John Pizzarelli mixes his mastery of swing and standards with an affinity for melodic pop to create thoroughly entertaining musical mash-ups. Son of the celebrated jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, John has forged a compelling career of his own, touring as an opening act with Frank Sinatra, performing with Rosemary Clooney, and starring on Broadway. John Pizzarelli joins Beyond Category host Eric Felten at Washington’s Blues Alley to talk about his life in music and to perfor
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Video Beyond Category: Joshua Redman

Saxophonist Joshua Redman’s trio with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson is one of the most celebrated groups working in jazz today. On “Beyond Category with Eric Felten” they perform a riffing, rollicking “Mack the Knife” and also Joshua’s original composition “Soul Dance.”
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Video Beyond Category: Craig Handy and 2nd Line Smith

Saxophonist Craig Handy made his name as a “young lion” of jazz playing with artists such as Herbie Hancock and Dee Dee Bridgewater. He has an exciting new band called 2nd Line Smith, which combines the organ-jazz repertoire of Jimmy Smith with the “second line” rhythms of New Orleans parade music. Craig Handy joins Beyond Category host Eric Felten at Washington’s Bohemian Caverns jazz club to talk about the music and perform with his new band.
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Video Beyond Category: Myra Melford

Pianist Myra Melford’s new CD “Life Carries Me This Way” features solo piano interpretations of drawings by modern artist Don Reich. She performs songs from the album, talks about turning art into music, and joins host Eric Felten in some Chicago boogie-woogie.
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Video Beyond Category: Helen Sung

Pianist and composer Helen Sung talks with host Eric Felten about how she turned from classical music to jazz – a transition inspired by hearing Harry Connick, Jr. at the keyboard. She takes the stage at Washington’s Blues Alley nightclub with band-mates Alex Pope Norris, Gary Thomas, Boris Kozlov a
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Video Beyond Category: Etienne Charles

Trumpeter, percussionist and bandleader Etienne Charles was born in Trinidad and blends island rhythms with modern jazz.

The Hamilton Live

Through the door and down the stairs, VOA's "The Hamilton Live" brings the audience along to a state-of-the-art music club, hidden just blocks from the White House in Washington, D.C. It's a 30-minute night out in the nation's capital, and an exclusive backstage pass to American music.

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Hamilton Live: Tia Fulleri
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July 16, 2014 7:37 PM
Jazz saxophonist Tia Fuller has made her name appearing with such high-profile artists as Beyonce, Esperanza Spalding, and Terri Lyne Carrington. Tia and her quartet perform music from her CD “Angelic Warrior.”
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Video Hamilton Live: Tia Fuller

Jazz saxophonist Tia Fuller has made her name appearing with such high-profile artists as Beyonce, Esperanza Spalding, and Terri Lyne Carrington. Tia and her quartet perform music from her CD “Angelic Warrior.”
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Video Hamilton Live: Chatham County Line

The American bluegrass group Chatham County Line have been together for more than a decade. Over the course of seven studio albums and performances around the world they have pursued a style all their own. Their most recent album, “Tightrope,” was released in May.
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Video Nels Cline Singers

The Nels Cline Singers are a free jazz trio led by Nels Cline. Best known as the lead guitarist with the alt-rock band Wilco, Cline’s exciting and original playing combines a wide range of music from jazz, punk and alternative rock, to free improvisation and experimental electronica. Rolling Stone magazine has named Cline one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
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Video Hamilton Live: Los Lonely Boys

A trio of brothers best known for the hit “Heaven,” Los Lonely Boys take to the Hamilton stage to perform their unique style of music, “Texican Rock n’ Roll,” a combination of rock, Texas blues, soul, country and Tejano.
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Video Hamilton Live: Rebirth Brass Band

Rebirth is a brass band known for combining New Orleans tradition of second line with funk, jazz soul and hip hop.
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Video Hamilton Live: The Spirit Family Reunion

Spirit Family Reunion plays a form of homegrown music combining blue grass, country and folk. They started singing together on street corners, farmer’s markets and subway stations of New York City. When they play there is no dividing between performer and spectator.
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Video Music Alley Grammy Special

Celebrating this week's Grammy Awards, VOA's Music Alley presents exclusive performances from four of the best acts in jazz — Terri Lyne Carrington, Terence Blanchard, Fred Hersch & Julian Lage, and Donny McCaslin — artists who have all been nominated this year for Grammys.

Border Crossings

Join host Larry London every third Wednesday for the world's best variety of music and your requests on Border Crossings. Call or email us during the show and tell us what you want to hear! Larry will read your dedication on the air and play your song.

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Border Crossings: Irene Diazi
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July 23, 2014 1:59 PM
Los Angeles singer-songwriter Irene Diaz has a modern pop take on the jazz torch-song tradition. She sat down with Larry London to perform and talk about her music.
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Video Border Crossings: Irene Diaz

Los Angeles singer-songwriter Irene Diaz has a modern pop take on the jazz torch-song tradition. She sat down with Larry London to perform and talk about her music.
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Video Border Crossings: Luke Bryan

Country superstar Luke Bryan talks about his new CD “Crash My Party” and about his music career and life behind the scenes.
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Video Border Crossings: Jessi Malay

Jessi Malay, a rising talent who has just released her first CD as a solo artist, “Give Me Life.”
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Video Paul Rodgers

Paul Rodgers is the voice of not one but two supergroups from the ‘70s -- Free and Bad Company. He talks with host Larry London about his latest album “Royal Sessions.”
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Video Border Crossings: Rick Springfield

Border Crossings host Larry London is joined by ‘80s rock star Rick Springfield, who performs live in VOA Studio 4, including an acoustic take on his mega hit “Jessie’s Girl.”
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Video Border Crossings: The Oak Ridge Boys

The Oak Ridge Boys have received every award possible in Country music and in 2011 became members of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. All four members of the Oak Ridge Boys join Larry London on Border Crossings to talk about their first-ever live CD, “Boys Night Out,” and to sing a few of their biggest hits.
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Video Border Crossings: Linkin Park and Sharon Corr

Celebrated rock band Linkin Park talks with Border Crossings host Larry London about their upcoming tour and their new album, set to be released this summer. Then Larry is joined by singer and songwriter, Sharon Corr, who stopped by the studio to perform music from her new CD “Same Sun.”
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Video Border Crossings: Mika

With over 5 million records sold worldwide Mika is best known for his award winning hit single “Grace Kelly.” In 2007, Mika was nominated for a Grammy and earned a BRIT award as the Best British Break through Artist of the Year. Mika joins Border Crossings to perform live and to talk with host Larry London about his latest CD “The Origin Of Love.”