Josh Vietti: Hip-Hop Violinist

Josh Vietti

This week, WVUD spoke with violinist Josh Vietti. Vietti is currently working on his fifth and sixth albums and is touring the United States. Specializing in hip-hop and jazz, Vietti says the next two albums will feature music from both genres.

Vietti is currently touring the United States, and you can catch him for free on Friday, September 29 at 10 p.m. at Perkins Student Center for the Perkins Live series.

Listen to the Interview

Josh Vietti, recorded on September 25, 2017. Aired September 26, 2017.
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About the Violinist

Josh Vietti first picked up the violin when he was four, and at age seven he earned a violin scholarship with Mischa Lefkowitz, whom he studied with for ten years. Vietti has performed on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown and played the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium. The violinist has opened for iconic artists like Earth Wind & Fire Ne-Yo and Lil Wayne. He is currently working on two new albums with hip-hop and jazz influences.

The Music

Due to copyright issues this podcast only features excerpts of the songs that appeared in the radio broadcast.

  • Artist / Track / Album / Year
  • Josh Vietti / Empire State of Mind / Best of Both Worlds / 2012
  • Josh Vietti / Black & Yellow / Best of Both Worlds / 2012
  • Josh Vietti / Closer / New Single / 2017

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Singin’ with Heather Pierson

Heather Pierson Singin' Cover Heather Pierson joined WVUD’s The Music Room to talk about her musical history and her trio’s newest album  Singin’.

Her trio offers a variety of sounds such as blues, folk and jazz, while incorporating each member’s talents playing an array of instruments. Pierson raved about the importance of the love of music in her life and the influence it has on her songwriting and performing.

Listen to the Interview

Heather Pierson, recorded live September 12, 2017

About the Band

Debuting in 2015 with their EP Still She Will Fly, The Heather Pierson Trio consists of Heather Pierson, Shawn Nadeau, and Davy Sturtevant. Shawn plays upright bass while Davy specializes in guitar, fiddle, dobro, mandolin and more. Their newest album, Singin’, displays the trio’s diverse abilities to play a variety of instruments and styles of music. They are touring the country offering intimate concerts at a multitude of venues.

The Music

  • Artist / Track / Album / Year
  • Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio / The Get Up and Go / Singin’ / 2017
  • Heather Pierson / The Gumbo’s Too Hot / Motherless Child / 2014
  • Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio / Singin’ / Singin’ / 2017

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June 6: New jazz music!

During the summer, The Music Room will usually run for an hour, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This week, we played new jazz records for the first 30 minutes, then played an interview with the Athens, GA, band Juan de Fuca.

Playlist for 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Artist / Song / Disk / Disk Released

Daniel Bennett Group / John Lizard Comes Home / Sinking Houseboat Confusion / 2016

Ron Sowell / Dead Egyptian Blues / Little Movies / 2017

The Andrew Collins Trio / Fish & Fowl / And it was Good / 2016

Yellowjackets / Shenandoah / Cohearence / 2016

Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan / Wildwood Flower / Small Town / 2017

Aziza / Aquila (feat. Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Eric Harland) / AZIZA / 2016