The Checkout Live at Berklee: Lawrence Fields

November 30, 2016 by David Tallacksen
Filed under Studio Sessions

The Checkout and Berklee College of Music present pianist Lawrence Fields, class of 2008. He joins Vicente Archer (bass), Corey Fonville (drums), and John Ellis (saxophone) at Cafe 939's Red Room in Boston.

The Comet Is Coming

November 30, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under Interviews


The Comet is Coming is an electro-jazz outfit from the UK that features Shabaka Hutchings on saxophone, Betamax Killer on drums, and Danalogue The Conqueror on synth. They tell their story, share music from their debut recording Channel The Spirits, and comment on the status of the planet and galaxy from the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Shabaka Hutchings kicks off the Winter Jazz Festival in New York City on Thursday, January 5th.

The Second Derrick Hodge

November 30, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under New Music


Here we get the three sides of Derrick Hodge: the multi-instrumentalist, the songwriter, and the producer. He showcases those talents on his latest Blue Note Records offering "The Second" and in this insightful conversation.

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Life Carries Me This Way: Myra Melford

November 21, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Myra Melford tells us how her journey to central Mexico's highlands and the literature of Eduardo Galeano inspired music from of her new recordings Snowy Egret and Life Carries Me This Way. Plus, she plays a little Chicago blues, solo in our performance studio.

One Man Orchestra: Jacob Collier

November 16, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Jacob Collier, the multi-instrumentalist and Quincy Jones backed artist, performs in-studio at WBGO. He talks about his rise to stardom via the internet, the new technology he introduces in his live performances, an interface allowing him to play and sing every part in a live band setting.

Engineers: David Tallacksen and Corey Goldberg

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Derek Gripper's Libraries on Fire

November 11, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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The classical guitarist from Cape Town goes rogue in studying the music of the griot kora masters from Mali. He talks about adapting the music of Toumani Diabaté and others on his latest recording Libraries On Fire.

Derek Gripper plays Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall this Saturday, November 12th with Trio Da Kali.

Tumi Mogorosi's Project Elo

November 8, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under New Music


South African drummer and composer Tumi Mogorosi talks about his debut recording Project Elo, featuring a trio of drums, bass, and sax. Its distinctive and most important ingredient: a vocal quartet.

Recorded at the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

STUFF. live at Jazz Middleheim

November 2, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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STUFF., the 5-piece Flemmish electro-jazz band, performs in Antwerp Belgium at the Jazz Middelheim Festival. Drummer Lander Gyselinck and turntablist mixmonster Menno talk about the band's influences and share an excerpt of their groove suite: Hybrid Love.

Photo by Alexander Popelier 

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Introducing Zahili Gonzalez Zamora

November 1, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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In this edition of "My Music," the Cuban pianist, singer, and composer Zahili Gonzalez Zamora introduces us to her debut recording "Z-isms," an album featuring a multitude of styles such as jazz, salsa, and R&B.

Photo by Tom Ehrlich