Martha High & Fred Wesley, Jochen Rueckert, Ches Smith

October 29, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Two veterans of James Brown's band - trombonist Fred Wesley and singer Martha High, and two experimental drummers - Jochen Rueckert and Ches Smith - join us on The Checkout.

Ches Smith: "Psycho Predictions"

October 29, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Drummer Ches Smith talks with Simon Rentner about his CD "Psycho Predictions," and a wide range of projects in jazz and beyond with the group These Arches and others.

Jochen Rueckert: "We Make The Rules"

October 29, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Drummer Jochen Rueckert talks with Josh Jackson about his CD "We Make The Rules" and the life of his alter ego Wolf Parkinson White, a composer and producer of electronica.

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Martha High & Fred Wesley: The James Brown Legacy

October 29, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Singer Martha High and trombonist Fred Wesley talk with Simon Rentner about their experiences in the band of rhythm 'n' blues singer James Brown. High and Wesley appear in "Mr Dynamite," an HBO documentary on Brown's life and legacy.

"Mr. Dynamite" airs on HBO on Oct. 30, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 2 at 1:00 p.m., and Nov. 4 at noon, and on HBO2 on Oct. 29 at 11:30 p.m., and Nov. 6 9:00 p.m.

South Africa's UHADI, Masekela, & Ibrahim

October 23, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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We celebrate 20 years since the end of apartheid in South Africa with a special "Ubuntu" version of the Checkout, with Johannesburg supergroup UHADI live at WBGO, and interviews with trumpeter Hugh Masekela, and pianist Abdullah Ibrahim.

"Ubuntu" is a monthlong celebration of the arts & music of South Africa at Carnegie Hall and other venues around New York, which runs through Nov. 5.

South African Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim

October 23, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim talks with Rhonda Hamilton about his life and career, including his recording with The Jazz Epistles, a group he formed with trumpeter Hugh Masekela in the 1950s.


Ibrahim was in New York for the "Ubuntu" festival, a monthlong celebration of the arts & music of South Africa at Carnegie Hall and other venues which runs through Nov. 5.

Hugh Masekela: Life & Times

October 23, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Trumpeter Hugh Masekela talks with Gary Walker about his life and musical career in his homeland, South Africa, as part of the Ubuntu festival celebrating the 20th anniversary of democracy in that country.


Masekela was in New York for the "Ubuntu" festival, a monthlong celebration of the arts & music of South Africa at Carnegie Hall and other venues which runs through Nov. 5.

South Africa's UHADI Live At WBGO

October 23, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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The Johannesburg sextet UHADI performs live at WBGO and talks with Rhonda Hamilton, with Sibongile Khumalo on vocals, McCoy Mrubata on saxophone, Feya Faku on trumpet, Paul Hanmer on piano, Herbie Tsoaeli on bass and Justin Badenhorst on drums.

This segment is part of a special "Ubuntu" edition of The Checkout. "Ubuntu is a monthlong festival of the music & arts of South Africa, which runs at Carnegie Hall and other venues around New York through Nov. 5.

George Clinton, Quincy Jones, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett

October 16, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Funk pioneer George Clinton, producer Quincy Jones & film director Alan Hicks, and Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga on their album of jazz duets.

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: "Cheek To Cheek"

October 15, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Singers Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga talk with Michael Bourne about the roots of their unusual friendship and new album of duets, "Cheek To Cheek."