The Info List - Sessions At West 54th

Sessions at West 54th was an American television program that featured music performances, and was in some ways a pop music variation on the theme set by the long-lived Austin City Limits, though the featured musicians represented a number of musical genres. It was called Sessions at West 54th because it was taped at Sony Music Studios on West 54th Street in Manhattan. Jeb Brien and Niki Vettel, APS senior v.p. for program development, developed the series after working on APS concert specials with Suzanne Vega and Ottmar Liebert. It was produced for public television syndicator American Program Service (APS) (now American Public Television, Boston) and was carried on many public television stations. It first aired in most places on July 5, 1997, when it was included in the Saturday late-night lineup of stations covering 85% of the country. After the program ended, an edited for commercial television version also aired on the commercial Trio cable television network.

It was first hosted by radio disc jockey Chris Douridas of KCRW in Santa Monica, California, while former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne took over hosting duties during the second season and John Hiatt was the host during the third, and final, season.

Episode list

Season 1 (1997)

Ep# Performers Original airdate
1 "Paula Cole, k.d. Lang" July 5, 1997 (1997-07-05)
Lang's set includes "Don't Smoke in Bed" and "My Old Addiction." Cole sings "Carmen" and "I Don't Want to Wait." Hosted by Chris Douridas.[1]
2 "Taj Mahal, Albita Rodríguez" July 12, 1997 (1997-07-12)
Taj's blues set includes "She Caught the Katy," "Corrine, Corrina" and "Mr. Pitiful." Albita performs "Corazon rumbero," "El son del tahurete," "Valca el brillo de tus ojos" and "El chico Chevere." Hosted by Chris Douridas.[1]
3 "Nil Lara, Bobby McFerrin" July 19, 1997 (1997-07-19)
McFerrin's set features improvisational vocal harmonies and interactions with other performers. Lara's songs include "Crawl," "Bleeding," "Money Makes the Monkey Dance" and "How Was I to Know?" Hosted by Chris Douridas.[1]
4 "Billy Bragg, Nanci Griffith" July 26, 1997 (1997-07-26)
Nancy Griffith and Billy Bragg perform. Hosted by Chris Douridas.[1]
5 "Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra" August 2, 1997 (1997-08-02)
Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra perform selections from Marsalis's Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz oratorio "Blood on the Fields," featuring vocalists Cassandra Wilson, Jon Hendricks and Miles Griffith. Songs include: "Soul for Sale." [1]
6 "Sonic Youth, Bill Frisell" August 9, 1997 (1997-08-09)
New York City's Sonic Youth and Seattle's Bill Frisell perform. The eclectic Frisell is joined by a host of musicians, including Jimmie Dale Gilmore and drummer Patrick Hay, as well as legendary dobro player Jerry Douglas and vocalist Robin Holcomb. Host: Chris Douridas.[1]
7 "Richard Thompson, Suzanne Vega" August 16, 1997 (1997-08-16)
Richard Thompson and Suzanne Vega perform. Thompson's set features "I Feel So Good" and "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"; Vega's includes "Cracking," "Caramel," "Queen and the Soldier" and "Gypsy." Host: Chris Douridas.[1]
8 "Shawn Colvin, Keb' Mo'" August 23, 1997 (1997-08-23)
Performances by Shawn Colvin and Keb' Mo.' Colvin's set includes "Sunny Came Home," "Get Out of This House" and "You and the Mona Lisa." Keb' Mo' sings "City Boy," "More than One Way Home" and "Just Like You." [1]
9 "Philip Glass, eels" August 30, 1997 (1997-08-30)
Performances by Philip Glass and the trio Eels. Glass's music includes "Planctus" (with singer Natalie Merchant), and "Facades." Eels' set includes "Susan's House," "Flower," "Beautiful Freak" and "Novocaine for the Soul." [1]
10 "Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois" September 6, 1997 (1997-09-06)
Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois perform. Harris sings "Wrecking Ball" with her band Spyboy; Lanois joins her for "Deeper Well," and has a solo set that includes "Still Water." Host: Chris Douridas.[1]
11 "Meshell Ndegeocello, Café Tacuba" September 13, 1997 (1997-09-13)
Performances by Me'Shell NdegeOcello and Café Tacuba. NdegeOcello's set includes "Step into the Projects" and "Free My Heart." Café Tacuba plays "No Controles," "Esa Noche," "Fin dela Infancia" and "Chilanga Banda." Host: Chris Douridas.[1]
12 "Joshua Redman, Zap Mama" September 20, 1997 (1997-09-20)
Performances by saxophonist Joshua Redman and Zap Mama, a Belgian-based group that mixes African, European and American sounds. Host: Chris Douridas.[1]
13 "Patti Smith, Ron Sexsmith & Elvis Costello" September 27, 1997 (1997-09-27)
Performances by Patti Smith and Ron Sexsmith, whose set includes "Thinking Out Loud." Among Smith's selections: her tribute to Kurt Cobain, "About a Boy"; and "Wing." [1]
14 "Joe Jackson" October 4, 1997 (1997-10-04)
Joe Jackson performs selections from "Heaven & Hell," a thematic pop-classical hybrid about the seven deadly sins. Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is among the guest artists. Songs include "Angel," "Tuzla" and "Fugue 2/Song of Daedalus." Host: Chris Douridas.[1]
15 "Sinead O'Connor, World Party" October 11, 1997 (1997-10-11)
World Party and Sinead O'Connor perform. World Party's selections include "Is It like Today?" and "Vanity Fair"; O'Connor sings "To Mother You" and "John, I Love You." [1]
16 "Gipsy Kings, Squirrel Nut Zippers" October 18, 1997 (1997-10-18)
Performances by the guitar band Gipsy Kings and the revivalist jazz group Squirrel Nut Zippers, whose set includes "Hell," "Club Limbo" and "Put a Lid on It." Gipsy Kings play a rousing version of "Volare" and "Ami Wa Wa." Host: Chris Douridas.[1]
17 "Shawn Colvin, Yo-Yo Ma" October 25, 1997 (1997-10-25)
A double bill featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who performs with a tango quintet; and a repeat performance by Shawn Colvin. Ma's set includes "Tango Suite" and "Tango Remembrances." Colvin sings "You and the Mona Lisa" and "Sunny Came Home." [1]
18 "Rickie Lee Jones, Tindersticks" November 1, 1997 (1997-11-01)
Performing: Rickie Lee Jones; Tindersticks.[1]
19 "Beck, Ben Folds Five" November 8, 1997 (1997-11-08)
Performing: piano-based trio Ben Folds Five; and double-Grammy winner Beck, whose set includes "Devil's Haircut," "Where It's At" and "I Wanna Get with You." Ben Folds Five performs "Missing the War," "Smoke" and "One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces." Host: Chris Douridas.[1]
20 "David Byrne" November 15, 1997 (1997-11-15)
A visually arresting concert with David Byrne. Songs include "Take Me to the River," "Dance on Vaseline," "Miss America," "Psycho Killer" and "Fuzzy Freaky." Also: an interview with the singer-songwriter, who talks about contemporary music. Host: Chris Douridas.[1]
21 "Fiona Apple, Luscious Jackson" November 22, 1997 (1997-11-22)
Performing: Fiona Apple; Luscious Jackson. Apple's set includes "Shadowboxer," "Criminal" and "Never Is a Promise." Host: Chris Douridas.[1]
22 "Sheryl Crow, Gillian Welch" November 29, 1997 (1997-11-29)
Sheryl Crow performs "Everyday Is a Winding Road," "Home" and "Sweet Rosalyn" in a double bill she shares with alternative country artist Gillian Welch. Host: Chris Douridas.[1]
23 "Leo Kottke, Laura Love" December 6, 1997 (1997-12-06)
A double bill featuring guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke and singer-songwriter Laura Love, whose set includes "Octoroon" and Kurt Cobain's "Come As You Are." Kottke performs "Airproofing," "Across the Street," "Deep River Blues" and "Peckerwood." [1]
24 "Ani DiFranco, Tricky" December 13, 1997 (1997-12-13)
Performances by singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco and trip hop artist Tricky. DiFranco's set includes "Letter to a John," "32 Flavors" and "Swan Dive." Tricky performs "Makes Me Wanna Die," "Christiansands" and "Black Steel." Host: Chris Douridas.[1]
25 "Best of Season I, Vol. I" December 19, 1997 (1997-12-19)
Part 1 of two. A "best of" compilation that includes k.d. lang ("Don't Smoke in Bed"); Beck ("Jack-Ass") and Sheryl Crow ("Home"). Additional selections from Patti Smith, David Byrne, Sinead O'Connor and Zap Mama. Host: Chris Douridas.[1]
26 "Best of Season I, Vol. II" December 19, 1997 (1997-12-19)
The conclusion of a two-part "best of" compilation includes Richard Thompson ("I Feel So Good"); Fiona Apple ("Never Is a Promise"); David Byrne ("Miss America") and Wynton Marsalis ("Freedom's in the Trying"). Additional selections by Sheryl Crow. Host: Chris Douridas.[1]

Season 2 (1998)

Ep# Performers Original airdate
1 "Lucinda Williams, The Mavericks" July 11, 1998 (1998-07-11)
Lucinda Williams and the Mavericks perform.[1]
2 "John Hiatt, Imani Coppola" July 18, 1998 (1998-07-18)
A double bill featuring musician Imani Coppola and veteran singer-songwriter John Hiatt, whose set includes "Have a Little Faith in Me," a rendition that's backed by a 10-member women's choir.[1]
3 "Pat Metheny Group, Angelique Kidjo" July 25, 1998 (1998-07-25)
Performing: the Pat Metheny Group, whose set includes guest bassist Charlie Haden. Also: Paris-based singer Angelique Kidjo, a West African native whose music reflects her heritage and the American soul music that inspires her. Host: David Byrne.[1]
4 "Natalie Merchant, Virginia Rodrigues" July 31, 1998 (1998-07-31)
Performances by singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant and Brazilian musician Virginia Rodrigues.[1]
5 "Lou Reed" August 7, 1998 (1998-08-07)
Lou Reed plays a set that includes the classic "Sweet Jane," as well as subsequent material such as "Set the Twilight Reeling." Other selections include "Perfect Day," "Pale Blue Eyes," "Dirty Boulevard" and "Satellite of Love." Host: David Byrne.[1]
6 "Medeski, Martin & Wood, Holly Cole" August 14, 1998 (1998-08-14)
A double bill featuring songstress Holly Cole and the trio Medeski, Martin and Wood, whose selections include "Wiggly's Way," "Coconut Boogaloo" and "Latin Shuffle." Cole's set includes the Tom Waits song "Jersey Girl." [1]
7 "Brian Setzer Orchestra, Jimmy Scott" August 21, 1998 (1998-08-21)
The Brian Setzer Orchestra; jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott. Setzer's set include "The Dirty Boogie," "Jump, Jive an' Wail," "This Cat's on a Hot Tin Roof," "Switchblade 327" and "Guitar Rag," a piece for solo guitar. Scott's selections include "All of Me" and "Slave to Love" Host: David Byrne.[1]
8 "Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach" August 30, 1998 (1998-08-30)
Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach perform songs from their 1998 release, "Painted from Memory," including the title track, "Toledo," "This House Is Empty Now" and "God Give Me Strength," which they wrote for the 1996 film "Grace of My Heart." Host: David Byrne.[1]
9 "Cowboy Junkies, Kronos Quartet" September 6, 1998 (1998-09-06)
A double bill featuring Kronos Quartet and Cowboy Junkies, whose set includes "Miles from Our Home" and a cover of the classic "Sweet Jane." Host: David Byrne.[1]
10 "Neil Finn, The Mavericks" September 13, 1998 (1998-09-13)
Former Crowded House front man Neil Finn plays selections from his 1998 solo release, "Try Whistling This," including "Last One Standing" and "Sinner," as well as the Crowded House hit "Don't Dream It's Over." Also: a performance by the Mavericks. Host: David Byrne.[1]
11 "Des'ree, John Hiatt" September 17, 1998 (1998-09-17)
A set by Des'ree includes "Feels So High," "Life," "I'm Kissing You" and "You Gotta Be." Also: an encore performance by John Hiatt, who performs "Drive South," "Tennessee Plates, "Cry Love" and "Have a Little Faith in Me." Host: David Byrne.[1]
12 "Lyle Lovett" September 27, 1998 (1998-09-27)
Lyle Lovett is the sole performer. Selections include "Step Inside This House," "More Pretty Girls than One," "Bears" and "Flyin' Shoes," all songs from his 1998 double-CD set. The set also features "If I Had a Boat," "She's No Lady" and "Rollin' By." Host: David Byrne.[1]
13 "Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Wasis Diop" October 4, 1998 (1998-10-04)
A set by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones includes "Big Country," "Almost 12," "Communication" and "Stomping Ground." Also: Senegalese singer Wasis Diop performs "Toxu," "Soweto Daal," "Colobane (Hymne for African Unity)." Host: David Byrne.[1]
14 "Liz Phair, John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards" October 11, 1998 (1998-10-11)
Liz Phair sings "Polyester Bride," "6'1" " and "Mesmerizing." Also: John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards perform "She Drove Me Mad" and "Queen of All Ears." Host: David Byrne.[1]
15 "Phish, Rufus Wainwright" October 20, 1998 (1998-10-20)
A performance by Phish includes "Birds of a Feather," "Ghost" and "Taste." Rufus Wainwright sings "Danny Boy," "Millbrook," "In My Arms," "April Fools" and "Foolish Love."[1]
16 "Los Amigos Invisibles, Afro-Cuban All Stars" October 27, 1998 (1998-10-27)
Los Amigos Invisibles and the Afro-Cuban All Stars perform separate sets. Los Amigos' selections include "Sexy," "Ultra Funk," "La Groupie" and "Ponerte En Cuatro." The All Stars' set includes "Amor Verdadero." Host: David Byrne.[1]
17 "John Mellencamp, Randy Newman" November 3, 1998 (1998-11-03)
John Mellencamp and Randy Newman perform separate sets. Mellencamp's selections include "Small Town," "Rain On The Scarecrow" and "Eden Is Burning." Newman's set includes "Last Night," "Marie," "You've Got a Friend in Me," "I Miss You" and "Burn On." Host: David Byrne.[1]
18 "PJ Harvey, Chocolate Genius" November 10, 1998 (1998-11-10)
P.J. Harvey and Chocolate Genius play separate sets. Harvey's selections include "Catherine," "My Beautiful Leah" and "Is This Desire?"; Chocolate Genius sings "Half a Man," "My Mom" and "Safe and Sound," among others. Host: David Byrne.[1]
19 "Tori Amos" November 17, 1998 (1998-11-17)
Tori Amos performs. Her set includes "iieee," "Past the Mission," "Caught a Lite Sneeze" and "The Waitress." Host: David Byrne.[1]
20 "Beth Orton, Joe Henry" November 24, 1998 (1998-11-24)
Joe Henry and Beth Orton perform separate sets. Henry's selections include "Bob & Ray" and "Ohio Air Show Airplane Crash." Orton's set includes "Galaxy of Emptiness" and "She Cries Your Name." Host: David Byrne.[1]
21 "Balanescu Quartet, Ozomatli" December 1, 1998 (1998-12-01)
Host David Byrne joins the Balanescu Quartet for their set, which includes reworkings of some of his classics, as well as a version of "I Wanna Dance with Somebody." Also: Ozomatli performs.[1]
22 "Steve Earle, Del McCoury Band" December 8, 1998 (1998-12-08)
Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band perform a set of original and classic bluegrass songs. Host: David Byrne.[1]
23 "Vic Chesnutt, Lucinda Williams" December 15, 1998 (1998-12-15)
The Nashville band Lambchop backs Georgia native Vic Chesnutt for his set. The hour also features a repeat of Lucinda Williams' September 1998 appearance, which includes "Drunken Angel" and "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road."[1]
24 "Anggun, John Mellencamp" December 22, 1998 (1998-12-22)
A set by John Mellencamp includes "Pink Houses" and "Lonely Ol' Night." Also: Indonesian songstress Anggun performs "Selamanya" and "A Rose in the Wind." Host: David Byrne.[1]
25 "Best of Season II, Vol. I" December 29, 1998 (1998-12-29)
A "best of" compilation that includes performances by Natalie Merchant, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, John Mellencamp, Randy Newman, P.J. Harvey, Lou Reed, Chocolate Genius, Steve Earle and Tori Amos. Host: David Byrne.[1]
26 "Best of Season II, Vol. II" January 5, 1999 (1999-01-05)
A "best of" compilation includes performances by the Mavericks, Lyle Lovett, Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Holly Cole, Jimmy Scott and Cowboy Junkies, as well as Angelique Kidjo, the Kronos Quartet with David Bryne, and the Balanescu Quartet.[1]

Season 3 (1999-2000)

Ep# Performers Original airdate
1 "Rubén Blades" September 25, 1999 (1999-09-25)
Performances by salsa legend Rubén Blades, and Editus, a band of Costa Rican musicians. Host: John Hiatt.[1]
2 "Macy Gray, Sheryl Crow" October 8, 1999 (1999-10-08)
Sheryl Crow and Macy Gray perform. Songs include "My Favorite Mistake," "There Goes the Neighborhood" and "It Don't Hurt" (Crow); and "I Try" and "Why Didn't You Call Me" (Gray). John Hiatt is the host.[1]
3 "Los Lobos, Diana Krall" October 17, 1999 (1999-10-17)
Jazz singer Diana Krall plays a sensuous cat-and-mouse game of alternating hesitation and sustain vocally, while Los Lobos showcases their adventurous mix of rock, R&B, traditional Mexican folk and experimental sounds. Songs include "I've Got You Under My Skin," "This Time," "Peel Me a Grape," "Oh Yeah," "When I Look in Your Eyes" and "Kiko and the Lavender Moon." [1]
4 "Robert Cray, Kim Richey" October 22, 1999 (1999-10-22)
Blues guitarist-singer Robert Cray and singer-songwriter Kim Richey perform. Songs include "24-7," "Can't Lose Them All," "Pardon," "I Know," "That Wasn't Me" and "I'm Alright." Host: John Hiatt.[1]
5 "Parliament-Funkadelic" October 30, 1999 (1999-10-30)
The 20-piece R&B juggernaut Parliament/Funkadelic performs. Host: John Hiatt.[1]
6 "A Tribute To Gram Parsons" November 7, 1999 (1999-11-07)
A tribute to Gram Parsons, a pioneering artist in alternative country music, features performances by host John Hiatt, Sheryl Crow, the Mavericks, Emmylou Harris, Whiskeytown, Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, Chris Hillman and Margot Timmons.[1]
7 "Branford Marsalis, Cesaria Evora" November 14, 1999 (1999-11-14)
Jazz group the Branford Marsalis Quartet performs, as does Cesaria Evora, the Barefoot Diva from West Africa's Cape Verde Islands. Host: John Hiatt.[1]
8 "Dixie Chicks" November 21, 1999 (1999-11-21)
Grammy-winning country-rock-bluegrass stars the Dixie Chicks (Natalie Maines, Martie Seidel and Emily Robison) perform and are interviewed by host John Hiatt.[1]
9 "Jewel Christmas special" November 28, 1999 (1999-11-28)
A Christmas program by singer-songwriter Jewel includes "Joy to the World," "O Holy Night," "Ave Maria," "Winter Wonderland," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Face of Love," "Gospel Melody," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."[1]
10 "Parliament-Funkadelic, Cibo Matto" January 2, 2000 (2000-01-02)
George Clinton's 20-piece funk juggernaut Parliament/Funkadelic plays a rousing set, and pop/hip-hop/jazz fusionists Cibo Matto perform with Sean Lennon and other guests. Host: John Hiatt.[1]
11 "John Prine" January 30, 2000 (2000-01-30)
Folk-musician John Prine performs. John Hiatt is the host.[1]
12 "Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals" February 6, 2000 (2000-02-06)
Performances by Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals. Host: John Hiatt.[1]
13 "Wilco, Patty Griffin" February 13, 2000 (2000-02-13)
Wilco and Patty Griffin perform. Songs include "Outtasite (Outta Mind)," "Mary," "I'm Always in Love," "Flaming Red," "California Stars," "Peter Pan," "Nothing'severgonnastandinmyway," "Carry Me," "I Must Be High," "Silver Bell" and "My Darling."[1]
14 "Neville Brothers, Ottmar Liebert" February 21, 2000 (2000-02-21)
Performers include the Neville Brothers and Ottmar Liebert. John Hiatt hosts.[1]
15 "Rollins Band, Speech" February 28, 2000 (2000-02-28)
Performers include the Rollins Band (led by singer-spoken word artist Henry Rollins) and former Arrested Development front man Speech, who performs songs from his 1999 CD "Hoopla."[1]
16 "Marianne Faithfull" April 15, 2000 (2000-04-15)
Singer Marianne Faithfull, whose dalliances with the rock elite in the 1960s are as widely known as her hits of that time, performs with an edgy band and tells fascinating stories. Songs include "Come and Stay with Me," "Broken English" and "Working Class Hero."[1]
17 "Chris Isaak, Kelly Willis" April 22, 2000 (2000-04-22)
Rock crooner Chris Isaak (with his longtime band Silvertone) and country singer Kelly Willis perform. Songs include "Somebody's Crying," "Not Forgotten You," "Flying," "Heavenbound," "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing" and "What I Deserve."[1]
18 "Iggy Pop, Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos" April 30, 2000 (2000-04-30)
From 2000: Iggy Pop and Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos perform. Veteran punker Iggy puts on a dynamic set that includes "Lust for Life," while Ribot's band plays a garage band version of Cuban music, highlighted by Ribot's guitar playing.[1]
19 "Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Hiatt" May 6, 2000 (2000-05-06)
Singer-songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter and John Hiatt perform. Four-time Grammy winner Carpenter's set includes "The Hard Way"; Hiatt sings "Memphis in the Meantime" with his band the Goners, reunited for the first time in a decade.[1]
20 "The Cranberries, Moby" May 14, 2000 (2000-05-14)
Irish rockers the Cranberries and techno artist Moby perform. The Cranberries' set includes "Dreams," "Linger" and "Zombie," while Moby plays "Natural Blues" and "Bodyrock." Host: John Hiatt.[1]
21 "Willie Nelson" May 21, 2000 (2000-05-21)
Willie Nelson performs with a seven-piece band. Songs include "Crazy," "Night Life," "On the Road Again," "'Til I Gain Control Again," "Funny How Time Slips Away" and "Pancho and Lefty."[1]
22 "G. Love and Special Sauce, Sheryl Crow" May 28, 2000 (2000-05-28)
G. Love and Special Sauce and Sheryl Crow perform at New York's Sony Studios. Host: John Hiatt.[1]
23 "Latin Playboys, Ziggy Marley" June 11, 2000 (2000-06-11)
Avant garde roots-rockers the Latin Playboys (featuring David Hidalgo and Louie Perez of Los Lobos) and reggae stars Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers perform. Host: John Hiatt.[1]
24 "Mandy Barnett, Chris Isaak" June 18, 2000 (2000-06-18)
Mandy Barnett and Chris Isaak perform. Host: John Hiatt.[1]
25 "Diana Krall, Mark Isham" June 18, 2000 (2000-06-18)
Jazz performances from vocalist Diana Krall and trumpeter Mark Isham. Isham plays Miles Davis compositions from his tribute CD; Krall's set includes "Under My Skin," "I Love Being Here with You," "Lost Mind," "Peel Me a Grape" and "When I Look in Your Eyes."[1]
26 "Best of Season III, Vol. I" July 22, 2000 (2000-07-22)
A "best of" episode includes Moby, Macy Gray, Ruben Blades, Branford Marsalis, Patty Griffin, the Rollins Band, John Prine, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris and Ryan Adams.[1]
27 "Best of Season III, Vol. II" July 29, 2000 (2000-07-29)
The conclusion of a two-part "best of" compilation includes Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Cesaria Evora, Los Lobos, Wilco, Kim Richey, Chris Isaak, Sheryl Crow, Diana Krall, Dixie Chicks, John Hiatt, Iggy Pop and Jewel.[1]


CD Releases

Release Date Title Artists Label
September 4, 2001 The Best of Sessions at West 54th Sheryl Crow

David Byrne
John Hiatt
Ben Folds Five
Natalie Merchant
Suzanne Vega
The Mavericks
Richard Thompson
Ani DiFranco
Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach
Shawn Colvin
Emmylou Harris
Sinead O'Connor
Lou Reed


DVD Releases

Release Date Title Artists Label
December 10, 1997 The Best of Sessions at West 54th Volume 1 Wynton Marsalis with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra

Suzanne Vega
Richard Thompson
Shawn Colvin
Ani DiFranco
Nil Lara
Rickie Lee Jones
Daniel Lanois
Emmylou Harris
Ben Folds Five
Keb' Mo'
Sinead O'Connor
Yo-Yo Ma
Patti Smith
Jane Siberry

Columbia Music Video
December 5, 2000 Sessions at West 54th: Recorded Live in New York Keb' Mo' Sony Pictures
December 19, 2000 Sessions at West 54th Neil Finn Sony Pictures
March 13, 2001 The Best of Sessions at West 54th Volume 2 The Mavericks

Imani Coppola
Kronos Quartet
Neil Finn
Lyle Lovett
Afro-Cuban All Stars
Natalie Merchant
John Hiatt
Randy Newman
Lucinda Williams
Steve Earle
Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach
Lou Reed

Columbia Music Video
September 11, 2001 John Prine - Live from Sessions at West 54th John Prine Oh Boy Records Music Video
October 9, 2001 Ben Folds Five – The Complete Sessions at West 54th Ben Folds Five Epic Music Video

VHS Releases

Release Date Title Artists Label
December 8, 1998 Painted from Memory: Sessions at West 54th Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach Polygram Music Video


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