Today's music is inspired by today's cold temperatures across Minnesota. It's called "Hot Fun." It's by renowned jazz compose and base player Stanley Clarke. He plays tonight at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. He's going perform his entire 1976 album, "School Days." "Hot Fun" was part of that hit album.
And speaking of school, Stanley Clarke told NPR that he only picked up the bass because he showed up late on the day they were handing out instruments at school and all the ones he wanted were taken. So instead of the violin, flute, or saxophone, he picked up an accoustic bass that was sitting in the corner. Clarke says playing it was like trying to climb Mount Everest, and he's been climbing ever since.