Blue Note "Sampled": Fusion on the Checkout

October 10, 2016 by Stevan Smith
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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
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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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Black Milk & Nat Turner: Fusion On The Checkout

June 10, 2016 by Stevan Smith
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Detroit rapper and producer Black Milk collaborates with Washington D.C. based band Nat Turner for their debut release "The Rebellion Sessions," a Jazz Funk opus that was recorded over the span of one week. We present samples of their work, presented by guest host Steve "Vegas" Smith.

For more on Black Milk & Nat Turner: Blackmilk.biz

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Will Sessions: Fusion On The Checkout

May 8, 2016 by Stevan Smith
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Funk, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Fusion, and more are the tools in which the Detroit band Will Sessions captivates audiences. We present samples of their work, presented by guest host Stevan "Vegas" Smith.

For more on Will Sessions: will-sessions.squarespace.com

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The Checkout: September 8, 2009

September 10, 2009 by Joshua Jackson
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Hear studio performances from the Roy Hargrove Big Band and Donny McCaslin's Quartet, plus an interview with British saxophonist John Surman.  WBGO's Josh Jackson is your host.

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The Checkout: April 14, 2009

April 14, 2009 by Joshua Jackson
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In this episode, we talk to drummer Jack DeJohnette and John Comerford, the producer of the film documentary, Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense.  Singer Claudia Acuna and her band join us in the studio.  Marco Benevento plays music live in our studio. New York Times music critic, Ben Ratliff, discovers new music from pianist Horace Parlan recorded in 1961.  Hear "Tango African" from Music We Are, featuring Jack DeJohnette, bassist John Patitucci, and pianist Danilo Perez.

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Jack DeJohnette: Music We Are

April 14, 2009 by Joshua Jackson
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dejohnette_sHear the master drummer and independent musician talk about his new trio release with pianist Danilo Perez and bassist John Patitucci, Music We Are.  Learn more about the spirit and humanity of making music.

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Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense

April 14, 2009 by Joshua Jackson
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iau_sProducer John Comerford talks with WBGO's Josh Jackson about the world premiere of the jazz documentary, Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense.

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