Ibrahim Maalouf: Bridging Two Worlds Together

September 29, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under New Music


This French-Lebanese jazz trumpeter bridges worlds together. He may be a superstar overseas --appearing in cameos with Sting, Mali pop singers Amadou & Mariam -- but here in the States he's just getting started. Maalouf plays a four-valve trumpet, custom designed by his father, which allows him to explore both Eastern and Western modes in music. He talks about that, plus his musical tribute to Oum Kalthoum, the legendary feminist Arabic singer of the 20th century.

Maalouf celebrates Oum Kalthoum this Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room.

Jamison Ross

September 15, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under New Music


Drummer, vocalist, and winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Jamison Ross talks about his debut album "Jamison" (Concord), his favorite drummers, and touring with Snarky Puppy.

Cyro Baptista's Bluefly

September 14, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Interviews


Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista shares music from his recording Bluefly (Tzadik) and talks about "the Herbie Hancock experience" after touring with the piano master.

Taylor McFerrin: Fusion On The Checkout

September 13, 2016 by Stevan Smith
Filed under Playlists


In 2014, jazz/soul/electronic musician and producer Taylor McFerrin released his debut album “Early Riser” on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint. As he readies his 2016 follow up, guest host Stevan “Vegas” Smith revisits Taylor’s amazing debut.

For more on Taylor McFerrin: http://www.taylormcferrin.com/

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NEA Jazz Master Gary Burton

September 2, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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NEA Jazz Master Gary Burton speaks with guest producer Lydia Liebman about his expansive career including his fusion period, his opinion on the current state of jazz education, and his love for the guitar. 

Nihil Novi: Marcus Strickland

September 1, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under New Music


Saxophonist Marcus Strickland talks about his Blue Note Records debut Nihil Novi, which means "nothing new," an album produced by Meshell Ndegeocello. Plus, music from the Blue Note 75 Band featuring Robert Glasper, Lionel Loueke, Kendrick Scott, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Derrick Hodge. Recorded at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
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