Montreal 2015: Phronesis, Redman, Shepherd

June 30, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner talks with the trio Phronesis, saxophonist Joshua Redman and vocalist Elizabeth Shepherd at the Montreal International Jazz Festival 2015.

2015 Montreal Jazz Fest Special

June 27, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Wayne Shorter, Norway's Jaga Jazzist and Toronto's BadBadNotGood on this 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival special. 

BadBadNotGood: "Sour Soul"

June 25, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Members of the band BadBadNotGood talk with Simon Rentner about their collaborations with rapper Ghostface Killah and other hip-hop artists.

BadBadNotGood perform with Ghostface Killah at the Montreal International Jazz Festival July 4 at 8:30 p.m.

Norway's Jaga Jazzist Celebrates 20 Years

June 25, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Saxophonist Lars Horntveth talks with Simon Rentner about the 20th anniversary of his band, Norway's Jaga Jazzist, and their album "Starfire."

Jaga Jazzist performs at the Montreal International Jazz Festival June 29 at 10 p.m.

Wayne Shorter On Career Retrospective

June 25, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter talks with Simon Rentner about his early career and a concert homage to him at Jazz At Lincoln Center.

The Wayne Shorter Quartet performs at the Montreal International Jazz Festival June 30 at 7 p.m.

Zev Feldman on Wes Montgomery's Lost Sessions

June 16, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Producer Zev Feldman talks with the Institute for Jazz Studies' Vincent Pelote about Resonance Records' release of Wes Montgomery's In The  Beginning, which features 26 newly discovered tracks from the guitarist's early career.

Hiatus Kaiyote: "Choose Your Weapon"

June 16, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Singer Nai Palm (pictured) and other members of the Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote talk with Simon Rentner about their album "Choose Your Weapon."

Makaya McCraven, Haitus Kaiyote, Wes Montgomery

June 16, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner interviews Chicago drummer Makaya McCraven and the Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote. Vincent Pelote from Rutgers University's Institute for Jazz Studies interviews Zev Feldman, the producer of an album of newly discovered early tracks by guitarist Wes Montgomery.

Kamasi Washington, Flying Lotus

June 16, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner explores the Los Angeles jazz scene with two of its most creative contemporary musicians: DJ and producer Flying Lotus, and saxophonist Kamasi Washington.

Kamasi Washington: The Epic

June 15, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Saxophonist Kamasi Washington talks with Simon Rentner about his 2015 3-CD release The Epic,  his ten-piece band, the West Coast Get Down, and the L.A. jazz scene.

The album's release was celebrated at  L.A.'s Regent Theater with the band, a choir, strings and guest musicians, in a live broadcast for NPRMusic and WBGO's Jazz Night In America.