Velvet Portraits: Terrace Martin at FIJM

July 19, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under New Music


Alto saxophonist Terrace Martin may be better known in the hip-hop game as a producer for Kendrick Lamar's blockbuster recordings. Here we listen to his jazz side on his recording Velvet Portraits featuring Kamasi Washington, Rose Gold, The Emotions, and more. He shares that music plus his love for Q-Tip and Tribe Called Quest at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Assistant Producer: Sarah Geledi.

Terrace Martin plays with Herbie Hancock in Prospect Park's Bandshell August 11th.

Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith at FIJM

July 18, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Interviews


A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke is the name of a recording by pianist Vijay Iyer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.  It's derived from a phrase written by the legendary modern Indian artist and drawer Nasreen Mohamedi, the subject and inspiration behind this ECM release. The artists talk about that and more at the Montreal Jazz Festival with Simon Rentner. Produced by Corey Goldberg.

Hal Crook Retires from Berklee College of Music

July 13, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Interviews


After 30 years of teaching at Berklee College of Music, Hal Crook steps away from his esteemed post. He talks to The Checkout's Simon Rentner about presenting a once-in-a-lifetime retirement concert with his Alumni Sextet.  Hear the concert that features an all-star band of former students Esperanza Spalding, Leo Genovese, Antonio Sanchez, Chris Cheek, and Lionel Loueke, plus Crook's soul/funk band, Behind These Eyes.  Assistant Producer: Corey Goldberg.

Renaud Garcia-Fons On Innovation, Monk, and Montreal

July 13, 2016 by Josh Landes
Filed under New Music


Renaud Garcia-Fons knows no boundaries in his pursuit of musical perfection - his efforts to reapproach and redefine the bass has taken him to the heights of jazz innovation. Michael Bourne sat down with him at the Montreal International Jazz Festival to talk about the inspiration behind the craft. 

Kneebody Plus Daedelus Equals... Kneedelus

July 6, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Interviews


Experimental jazz outfit Kneebody teamed up with electronic producer Daedelus to create something truly beyond genre - a project known as Kneedelus.

Meshell Ndegeocello at the Cape Town International Jazz Fest

July 5, 2016 by Kellan Brennan
Filed under Interviews


Simon Rentner sits down with neo-soul artist, Meshell Ndegeocello, at the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

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