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: Craig Handy and 2nd Line Smithi
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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: 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.
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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.
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Video Beyond Category: Fred Hersch and Julian Lage

Veteran piano virtuoso Fred Hersch and celebrated young guitarist Julian Lage join host Eric Felten at Blues Alley to talk about their collaboration and to perform music from their Grammy-nominated album “Free Flying”
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Video Beyond Category: Dorado Schmitt All-Stars

Touring the U.S. and headlining the Django Reinhardt Festival in New York, the Dorado Schmitt All-Stars bring their exciting and heartfelt French Gypsy Jazz to the VOA stage.
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Video Beyond Category: New West Guitar Group

The New West Guitar Group is a three-guitar ensemble that combines jazz with pop, country and classical for a fresh sound. Guitarists Perry Smith, John Storie and Jeff Stein join Beyond Category host Eric Felten at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz club to talk about their music and to perform songs from
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Video Beyond Category: Jacky Terrasson

French-American pianist Jacky Terrasson is one of the most exciting musicians in jazz. Winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, Terrasson has been touring the world for two decades leading his trio.

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: Los Lonely Boysi
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April 23, 2014 4:42 PM
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: 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.
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Video The Hamilton Live: Rene Marie

Rene Marie is an award-winning jazz, soul, blues and gospel singer. Her latest album “Voice of My Beautiful Country” is her ambitious celebration of Americana and the cultural diversity of the United States.
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Video Hamilton Live: Nicholas Payton

Nicholas Payton is widely considered one of the greatest Jazz artists of our time. In Nicholas plays piano, bass, drums, tuba, trombone, clarinet and saxophone. During the performance Nicholas demonstrates his renowned prowess on the trumpet - while simultaneously playing the Fender Rhodes piano.
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Video The Hamilton Live: Pancho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band

The imaginative rhythms of Pancho Sanchez have made him one of the most influential conga players and percussionists in Afro-Cuban jazz and for more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman.

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: Mikai
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April 09, 2014 3:54 PM
With over 5 million records sold worldwide, singer-songwriter MIKA is best known for his hit single “Grace Kelly.” MIKA joins Border Crossings to perform live and to talk with host Larry London about his latest CD “The Origin Of Love.”
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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.”
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Video Border Crossings: Yuna

Larry London is joined by Malaysian singer and songwriter, Yuna, who performs and talks about songs from her new album, "Nocturnal."
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Video Border Crossings: Karmin

Karmin — Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan will be releasing their debut album, "Pulses" later this month and they sat down with Larry London to talk about it.
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Video Border Crossings: Jake Bugg

Larry London is joined by Jake Bugg, a British folk-rocker who stopped by the studio to perform music from his new CD “Shangri La.”
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Video Border Crossings: Fitz and The Tantrums

Fitz and The Tantrums, a neo soul/indie pop band from Los Angeles sits down with Larry London to talk about their sophomore cd “More Than Just a Dream.”
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Video Border Crossings: Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars

A reggae, soul and Afrobeat band that consists of refugees displaced during the Sierra Leone Civil War. They recently came and performed on the VOA stage songs from their third studio album, Radio Salone.
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Video Border Crossings: Jingle Ball & Ivan and Alyosha

Join Larry London backstage at the recent iHeart Jingle Ball where Larry caught up with some of today’s biggest stars to find out what they have in store for fans in 2014. Larry talks with Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Austin Mahone, and Fifth Harmony. In the second half of Border Crossings the s
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Video Border Crossings: Carolyn Malachi

Carolyn Malachi, an artist who combines Jazz with Hip Hop – which she does in studio, performing live on Border Crossings.
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Video Border Crossings: Joe Satriani

Guitarist Joe Satriani, who has performed with rock stars such as Mick Jagger and Alice Cooper, sits down to talk with host Larry London about his new CD “Unstoppable Momentum.”
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Video Border Crossings: Frank Turner

British singer and songwriter, Frank Turner, has had five albums since 2007. He is a regular at some of the UKs biggest festivals and often on the charts. Frank Turners new CD is called Tape Deck Heart.
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Video Border Crossings: Il Volo

The Italian pop-opera group Il Volo sat down with Larry London to talk about their new CD “Buon Natale: The Christmas Album” and to sing several holiday favorites from the disc.
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Video Border Crossings: Switchfoot

The Alternative Rock band Switchfoot is best known for the hits “Dare You To Move” and “Meant To Live.” They sit down to talk with host Larry London about their Grammy nomination and their new CD and movie “Fading West.”
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Video Border Crossings: Jimmy Cliff

Jamaican singer, musician and actor, Jimmy Cliff, is best known for his hits “Wonderful World, Beautiful People”, The Harder They Come” and “Sitting in Limbo.” Cliff had a role in the movie “The Harder They Come” and his soundtrack from that movie helped popularize reggae music across the world.
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Video Border Crossings: Alfie Boe

Known for his performances on Broadway and London’s West End, tenor Alfie Boe has toured the globe. He won a Tony Award for his role in La Boheme and sang for the Queen of England at her Diamond Jubilee concert.
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Video Border Crossings: Third Day

Inspirational rock band Third Day has earned 4 Grammy awards and more than 20 Dove awards for their faith-based hits. Third Day recently topped the religious music charts for the 28th time with their latest release, the new CD “Miracle.”
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Video Border Crossings: McCreery, Glover and Manilow

This week Larry London caught up with three American Idol’s performing for “A Capitol Fourth.” Two earned the title on the popular US television show: country singer Scotty McCreery in 2011 and soulful vocalist Candice Glover on the most recent American Idol season. The third earned the distinction long before there was an American Idol TV show. He did it by selling over 80 million records around the world – the singer who writes the songs, Barry Manilow.
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Video Border Crossings: Icona Pop / Kodaline

Every so often a song comes along that defines a group’s career. That is the case for the Swedish duo Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo known as Icona Pop and the hit that has landed at the top of the charts around the world is called “I Love It." That one song has appeared in tv commercials, sporting events, and already sold millions of copies. For today’s program we will meet the two young ladies behind Icona Pop and their new found fame. We also welcome the Irish band called Kodaline. In 2007 their single “Give Me a Minute” topped the charts in Ireland. Steven, Vinny, Jason, and Mark are far from Dublin but not from the music that has made them famous. The music of Kodaline has been featured in film, on television and the BBC included them in their annual Sound of 2013 list of the year’s best artists.
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Video Border Crossings: Ryan Tedder / Jeffrey Osborne

Ryan Tedder is one of today’s most successful producer songwriters, as a member of One Republic you know his voice from such hits as “Stop and Stare”, “Apologize”, “All the Right Moves” and many more. As a songwriter you have heard his hits from “Bleeding Love” sung by Leona Lewis to Jordan Sparks “Battlefield” and Adeles “Rumor Has It”. Ryan Tedder and Onerepublic are on tour for their new CD “Native.” Jeffrey Osborne is one of music’s most successful R&B performers whose career spans over three decades. Whether it was with LTD or as a solo performer the unmistakable voice of Jeffrey Osborne has earned 4 Grammy nominations and contributed to the sales of over 7 million records worldwide. He is one of the most successful R&B singers to emerge from the 1980s producing such chart topping hits as “On the Wings of Love”, “Stay with Me Tonight”, and “You Should Be Mine”. He was one of the many singers along with Michael Jackson on 1985s global megahit “We Are the World” and he is back with a new CD called “A Time for Love” which debut at #1 on the Smooth Jazz charts.
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Video Border Crossings: Mya

Mya is a talented R&B singer who has won a Grammy and appeared in the mega box office hit musical, “Chicago” but she has toured the world for her musical hits like “Case of the Ex and Lady Marmalade” and for her latest album “KISS – Keep It Sexy and Simple.” Mya sat down with Larry London to talk about her latest project and her love for tap dancing.