Donny McCaslin's Beyond Now

December 29, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Interviews


Donny McCaslin remembers his hero and former boss — the legendary David Bowie — one year after his death with Beyond Now (Motema Music). Plus, we hear our special live recording featuring the saxophonist with Jason Lindner (keys), Nate Wood (bass), and Mark Guiliana (drums) from the 2016 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Tompkins Square Park.
Music mix by David Tallacksen.

Donny McCaslin Group plays NYC Winter Jazzfest, January 6, 2017 at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

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The Westerlies

December 27, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Studio Sessions


The Westerlies -- two trumpeters and two trombonists from Seattle -- breeze into our performance studio. This chamber jazz setting features a "blues fugue" and an arrangement from a 17th-century English and Scottish folk ballad discovered by Sam Amidon and Nico Muhly.

The band features Riley Mulherkar & Zubin Hensler (trumpets), and Andy Clausen & Willem De Koch (trombones).

They play Day 1 of The 2017 NYC Winter Jazzfest Marathon on January 6th.

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Scott Tixier's Cosmic Adventure

December 27, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Studio Sessions


French violinist Scott Tixier celebrates his latest recording, Cosmic Adventure on Sunnyside Records with a live performance in our studios featuring Yvonnick Prene (harmonica), Glenn Zaleski (keys), Desmond White (bass), and Allan Mednard (drums).

Recording made by David Tallacksen. 

Scott Tixier plays Day 2 of the 2017 NYC Winter Jazzfest Marathon, January 7th, with special guest Tony Tixier.

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The Second Derrick Hodge

November 30, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under New Music


Here we get the three sides of Derrick Hodge: the multi-instrumentalist, the songwriter, and the producer. He showcases those talents on his latest Blue Note Records offering "The Second" and in this insightful conversation.

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One Man Orchestra: Jacob Collier

November 16, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Studio Sessions


Jacob Collier, the multi-instrumentalist and Quincy Jones backed artist, performs in-studio at WBGO. He talks about his rise to stardom via the internet, the new technology he introduces in his live performances, an interface allowing him to play and sing every part in a live band setting.

Engineers: David Tallacksen and Corey Goldberg

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STUFF. live at Jazz Middleheim

November 2, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Studio Sessions


STUFF., the 5-piece Flemmish electro-jazz band, performs in Antwerp Belgium at the Jazz Middelheim Festival. Drummer Lander Gyselinck and turntablist mixmonster Menno talk about the band's influences and share an excerpt of their groove suite: Hybrid Love.

Photo by Alexander Popelier 

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Blue Note "Sampled": Fusion on the Checkout

October 10, 2016 by Stevan Smith
Filed under Playlists


Featured Producer Stevan "Vegas" Smith examines the connection between Blue Note Records' classic recordings, and sampling in Hip-Hop music during the 1990s.

Check out Blue Note's Spotify Playlist "Blue Note's Most Sampled" for more.

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Taylor McFerrin: Fusion On The Checkout

September 13, 2016 by Stevan Smith
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In 2014, jazz/soul/electronic musician and producer Taylor McFerrin released his debut album “Early Riser” on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint. As he readies his 2016 follow up, guest host Stevan “Vegas” Smith revisits Taylor’s amazing debut.

For more on Taylor McFerrin: http://www.taylormcferrin.com/

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Herbie Hancock & Sampling: Fusion On The Checkout

August 4, 2016 by Stevan Smith
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During our #HerbieWeek celebration, Stevan "Vegas" Smith paid tribute to Herbie Hancock through the lens of Hip-Hop. It's a glimpse into the world of music sampling and Herbie's connection with Hip-Hop.

Herbie Hancock debuts his new band at Celebrate Brooklyn on Thursday, August 11th.

Photo by Douglas Kirkland

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Theo Croker: Fusion On The Checkout

June 29, 2016 by Stevan Smith
Filed under Playlists


Trumpeter, Composer, and Arranger Theo Croker's latest release "Escape Velocity" is a perfect example of where jazz is, has been, and will be. We feature some of his work, presented by guest host Vegas.

For more on Theo Croker: TheoCroker.com

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