South Africa's Melanie Scholtz, Snarky Puppy's Michael League

May 27, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner talks with South African vocalist Melanie Scholtz and rapper Jitsvinger; Alex Ariff talks with bassist Michael League about Snarky Puppy's new album "Sylva."

Snarky Puppy's Michael League: "Sylva"

May 27, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Bassist Michael League talks with Alex Ariff about his band Snarky Puppy and their new album Sylva, which features the Metropole Orkest.

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South Africa's Melanie Scholtz & Jitsvinger

May 27, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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South African singer Melanie Scholtz talks with Simon Rentner about her album "Our Time," which features the Afrikaans rapper Jitsvinger, and their performance together at the 2015 Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

Charles Lloyd: "Wild Man Dance"

May 20, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd talks with Simon Rentner about being named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts and his album "Wild Man Dance."

Photo credit: Michael G. Stewart

NEA Jazz Master George Coleman

May 20, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Tenor saxophonist George Coleman talks with Simon Rentner about growing up in Memphis, his long career with Miles Davis, Max Roach and others, and being named a 2015 NEA Jazz Master.

Photo credit: Michael G. Stewart

NEA Jazz Masters Charles Lloyd, George Coleman

May 20, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Tenor saxophonists Charles Lloyd and George Coleman talk with Simon Rentner about growing up in Memphis, their experiences with Miles Davis, Max Roach and many others, and being named Jazz Masters by the National Endowment for the Arts.

2015 NEA Jazz Masters Carla Bley, Joe Segal

May 13, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner talks with Joe Segal, founder of Chicago's Jazz Showcase, and composer Carla Bley about their careers. Both were named Jazz Masters by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2015

NEA Jazz Master Carla Bley: "Dream Keeper"

May 13, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Pianist, composer and 2015 NEA Jazz Master Carla Bley talks with Simon Rentner about her career and Dream Keeper, her upcoming Blue Note album with the Liberation Music Orchestra which honors the group's founder, bassist Charlie Haden.

NEA Jazz Master Joe Segal

May 13, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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2015 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Joe Segal talks with Simon Rentner about The Jazz Showcase, the club he founded in Chicago in 1947.

Drummer Eric Harland, bassist Reid Anderson

May 5, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Drummer Eric Harland and The Bad Plus bassist and composer Reid Anderson talk with Simon Rentner about their recent projects and new releases.