Our Point Of View Live: Glasper, Akinmusire, Loueke, Strickland

April 22, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Pianist Robert Glasper, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarist Lionel Loueke and saxophonist Marcus Strickland perform solos and original compositions as part of the "Our Point of View" concert celebrating Blue Note Records' 75th anniversary at New York's (le) Poisson Rouge on December 12, 2014.

Tigran Hamasyan: "Mockroot"

April 14, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Pianist Tigran Hamasyan talks with Simon Rentner about his debut Nonesuch album "Mockroot," which explores his Armenian musical heritage.

Photo credit: Maeve Stam

Thundercat, Claude Cozens In Cape Town

April 9, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Bassist and singer/songwriter Thundercat and drummer Claude Cozens talk with The Checkout at the 16th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

Drummer Claude Cozens: "Jubilee Jam"

April 9, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Drummer Claude Cozens talks with Giovanni Russonello at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival about his trio CD "Jubilee Jam" and the state of jazz in South Africa.

Photo credit: Ignatius Mokone

Thundercat: The Checkout Interview

April 8, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner talks with bassist and singer-songwriter Thundercat at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival about his albums and collaborations with Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, Eric Andre and more.

Photo credit: Ignatius Mokone

Cape Town Jazz Fest Special: Masekela, Jephta, Mombelli

April 3, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner travels to the Cape Town Jazz Festival to talk about the past, present and future of South African jazz with three of its greats: trumpeter Hugh Masekela, and bassists Carlo Mombelli and Benjamin Jephta.

Bassist Carlo Mombelli: "Stories"

April 3, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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South African bassist Carlo Mombelli talks with Simon Rentner at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival about his CD "Stories.

Click to hear more music from the Cape Town Jazz Festival.

Photo credit: Reza Khota

Benjamin Jephta: "The Homecoming"

April 3, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner talks with 22-year-old South African bassist Benjamin Jephta about his CD, "Homecoming," at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

Click to hear more music from the 2015 Cape Town Jazz Festival.

Hugh Masekela: The Checkout Interview

April 3, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner interviews trumpeter Hugh Masekela at the Cape Town Jazz Festival about his career and the past, present and future of South African jazz.

Click to hear more music from the 2015 Cape Town Jazz Festival.

Photo credit: Ignatius Mokone

Gregorio Uribe Big Band Live at Berklee

April 1, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Watch video of the Gregorio Uribe Big Band, live from the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 at 8 p.m. on April 1, 2015. A full list of personnel is below.

Every month, The Checkout Live brings acclaimed, New York-based Berklee alumni back to their alma mater to perform. The performances are broadcast live on WBGO-FM, and archived at WBGO's YouTube channel.

Vocals/Accordion: Gregorio Uribe

Guest vocalist: Maria Alejandra Jiménez

Trumpets: Sam Hoyt, Jonathan Powell, Hugo Moreno

Trombones: Matt McDonald, Kevin Moehringer, George Saenz (bass tbn)

Reeds: Caleb Curtis (a.sax), Linus Wyrsch (t. sax/clari), Justin Flynn (t. sax/clari), Tony Lustig (B. sax)

Guitar: Ignacio Hernández

Bass: Alejandro Zorrilla

Percussion: Jonathan Gómez, Erica "Kika" Parra

Drum Set: Franco Pinna