Theo Croker: Fusion On The Checkout

June 29, 2016 by Stevan Smith
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Trumpeter, Composer, and Arranger Theo Croker's latest release "Escape Velocity" is a perfect example of where jazz is, has been, and will be. We feature some of his work, presented by guest host Vegas.

For more on Theo Croker: TheoCroker.com

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Bokani Dyer Makes "Anti-Genre" Music

June 28, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Botswana-raised, South African pianist and producer Bokani Dyer shares songs from his "anti-genre" recording World Music - plus his favorite Bach jam from the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Segment produced by Josh Landes.

Lizz Wright at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival

June 21, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Before her performance at this year's Cape Town International Jazz Festival, singer Lizz Wright sits down with Simon Rentner to talk about her new album, Freedom and Surrender (Concord). She talks about singing music composed by her friend Toshi Reagon, taking on Nick Drake's Riverman, and more.

Lizz Wright performs at Ridgefield Playhouse this Saturday!

Jazz Icon Charles Lloyd on Memphis, The Elixirs Of Gotham, and Bob Dylan

June 15, 2016 by Josh Landes
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The Checkout from WBGO host Simon Rentner sat down with multi-platinum recording artist and cosmically attuned thinker Charles Lloyd to talk about his trio Sangam, as well as his days living in Greenwich Village with Bob Dylan and meeting the giants of jazz as a child in his native Memphis.

Black Milk & Nat Turner: Fusion On The Checkout

June 10, 2016 by Stevan Smith
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Detroit rapper and producer Black Milk collaborates with Washington D.C. based band Nat Turner for their debut release "The Rebellion Sessions," a Jazz Funk opus that was recorded over the span of one week. We present samples of their work, presented by guest host Steve "Vegas" Smith.

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Oran Etkin Reimagines Benny Goodman

June 9, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Clarinetist and composer Oran Etkin discusses his debut for Motema, "What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman" with guest producer Lydia Liebman. 

NEA Jazz Master Pharoah Sanders

June 7, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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2016 NEA Jazz Master Pharoah Sanders, along with his wife Tina Sanders, are interviewed by guest host Lydia Liebman. 

Jason Moran Plays Fats Waller

June 7, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Pianist Jason Moran talks to Simon Rentner about All Rise, his critically acclaimed recording that reinvents the music of Fats Waller.

NEA Jazz Master Wendy Oxenhorn

June 7, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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2016 NEA Jazz Master Wendy Oxenhorn talks with guest producer Lydia Liebman about her work with the Jazz Foundation of America. 

Randy Weston at 90

June 6, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Pianist and composer Randy Weston was the guest of honor at the 2016 Panama Jazz Festival, where he celebrated his 90th birthday. Simon Rentner talks to Weston in Panama about the evolution of his music, and how it reveals many profound and universal truths of the African diaspora.