Michael Mwenso and the Shakes

April 26, 2016 by Corey Goldberg
Filed under Studio Sessions

Vocalist and bandleader Michael Mwenso's unique voice draws upon his roots in Sierra Leone, his tenure as an emcee at Ronnie Scott's in London, and many destinations (and record collections) in between. Bringing the charisma of James Brown and the theatricality of Broadway to his expression of jazz, Michael Mwenso and the Shakes join Simon Rentner for a live in-studio performance and interview. Produced by Cory Goldberg. Music mix: David Tallacksen.

Don't miss his new residency at Harlem's Ginny's Supper Club.

Watch his WBGO Studio Session here.  


Michael Mwenso: vocals
Vuyo Sotashe: vocals
Mathis Picard: piano
Kyle Poole: drums
Russell Hall: bass


King: We Are King

April 25, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under New Music

A dream soul trio from LA present their auspicious debut We Are King. This all-woman group, as their name may not suggest, has already received royal accolades in the pop realm including from Erykah Badu, ?uestlove, Robert Glasper, and even the late Prince himself.

Ben Williams on Prince

April 21, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Featured, Interviews

Ben Williams discovered Prince as a kid by way of the very adult film Purple Rain. The bassist tells that hilarious story plus shares one of his favorite songs by the late legendary rock star from the late 80s, a composition he arranged for his own large ensemble at Harlem Stage.  Photo by Jati Lindsey.

A Noise From The Deep: Dave Douglas

April 15, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Featured, Interviews

In 2015, Dave Douglas celebrated his 50th year by releasing four unique recordings, mostly on his own record label Greenleaf Music. We hear music from those albums plus the trumpeter talks about his father, brother, and the benefits of hosting his own jazz podcast A Noise From The Deep.  Recorded at 2016 Panama Jazz Festival.  Assistant Producer, Lydia Liebman.  Photo by Austin Nelson.