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Art Ensemble of Chicago sun percussionist Famoudou Don Moye talks to Todd Steed about some of his favorite recordings and his upcoming performance at the Big Ears Festival.

Hidden away on a warm island, Carla Bley and Steve Swallow check in with Todd Steed about their enthusiasm for returning to Knoxville.  At the end of the interview, Todd makes an impossible promise to secure their happiness. 

Holly Rainey- The Love Kitchen

Lance Owens passed away on February 15th at the age of 95.  He was an inspirational figure in the Knoxville jazz scene.  Below is an interview from 2014. 

Knoxville’s zoning code hasn’t had a major overhaul in over 50 years. In that time the country has seen a return to downtown, the rise of gig economies, and seismic shifts in land use. Knoxville’s Metropolitan Planning Commission has been hard at work for nearly two years to redo city codes, and Recode Knoxville has gained more attention as the process inches closer to the finish line. But there’s been enough feedback to delay a vote on the changes until next year. If you’re wondering what Recode is and what it could mean to you, listen in.

Tom Lundberg's TV Jazz

Jun 1, 2018

Local musician Tom Lundberg talks with Todd Steed about his new recording, Prime Time.  

Knoxville's Big Ears Festival is a music celebration like none other, bringing contemporary classical, folk, rock, r&b, and much more to East Tennessee, captivating audiences both local and from abroad. In this feature, Garrett McQueen speaks with some of this year's artists, and explores conversations surrounding the tradition of music from Appalachia, how the tradition of string quartets inform new music, and the intersection of music and activism. 

Knoxville’s recent tech upgrades to streetlights, parking meters and some traffic lights represent the tentative first steps towards creating a smart city. The technology is designed to make streets safer, and serve the community better with more parking and less congestion. I spoke to Jeffrey Branham, Chief Traffic Engineer for the city, about those initiatives and what the future might hold in store.

Navigating American culture can be difficult for Spanish-speaking immigrants. Learning the language, getting kids through school, and integrating into the fabric of a community can be a daunting task. That’s where Centro Hispano comes in. The group provides education and social services to the Hispanic population in and around Knoxville, including adult education classes and after-school programs for kids and high school students.

The Chicago-based chamber group, eighth blackbird, combines the finesse of a string quartet, the energy of a rock band, and the staging of a theatre company. This energetic, four-time Grammy award-winning sextet celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016 and also celebrates being awarded the 2016 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.  eighth blackbird has been described by the Chicago Tribune as "one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet." 

Public Invited To See Artifacts At TVA Dig Site

Jul 10, 2013
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Tennessee Valley Authority officials are planning a public open house to display some of the archaeological discoveries unearthed during an excavation of a downtown Knoxville site.  Sealed for years beneath a parking lot, the site west of Market Square contains the foundations of three turn-of-the-century homes, one of which once belonged to businessman and politician Peter Kern.