Esperanza Spalding on Hal Crook

March 28, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under New Music


Esperanza Spalding talks about her mentor, Berklee professor Hal Crook, followed by her performance with the Hal Crook Alumni Sextet at the Berklee Performance Center, February 18th, 2016.

Antonio Sanchez on Hal Crook

March 28, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Interviews


Drummer Antonio Sanchez talks about his mentor, Berklee professor Hal Crook, followed by his performance with the Hal Crook Alumni Sextet at the Berklee Performance Center, February 18th, 2016.

The "tromitizer" Hal Crook in concert

March 28, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Shows


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The only "Tromitizer" in this land steps down from his high post at Berklee College of Music after 30 years. Five of his most lauded students -- Esperanza Spalding, Antonio Sanchez, Chris Cheek, Leo Genovese, and Lionel Loueke -- join their professor onstage at Berklee Performance Center for one special night. Recorded February 18th, 2016.

Wax & Wane: Brandee Younger

March 14, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under New Music


Brandee Younger is redefining her instrument for 21st Century. She pays respect to the original Afro-Harpist Dorothy Ashby with her recording Wax & Wane plus shares music from her indie hip hop collaborations with Mack Wilds and Common.

Ray Angry's Favorite Jazz In Pop

March 10, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Playlists


One of the most versatile men in jazz, pianist and producer Ray Angry explores the other side of this music as it's manifested in some of his favorite pop tunes by The Roots, Stevie Wonder, Don Blackman, Sting, and more.

Introducing Emily aka Esperanza Spalding

March 9, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Interviews


Esperanza Spalding introduces a new character to go along with her adventurous new album Emily's D + Evolution (Concord). Recorded at Hal Crook's retirement concert at Berklee College of Music, February 18th, 2016.

Check out her CD release concert at the Apollo, April 14th.

Chris Dingman: The Subliminal and the Sublime

March 2, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under New Music


Vibraphonist and composer Chris Dingman meditates on the natural beauty of Pinnacles National Park in California with his recording The Subliminal and the Sublime.

Rhodes Ahead with Marc Cary

March 1, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Interviews


Marc Cary moves jazz forward with his series of recordings Rhodes Ahead (Motema). He shares his obsession for Fender Rhodes, Washington DC Go-Go, and the music from West Africa. Recorded at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Also, don't miss one of the hottest late-night jam sessions hosted by Marc Cary, Thursdays, at Gin Fizz Harlem.