Donny McCaslin's Beyond Now

December 29, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Donny McCaslin remembers his hero and former boss — the legendary David Bowie — one year after his death with Beyond Now (Motema Music). Plus, we hear our special live recording featuring the saxophonist with Jason Lindner (keys), Nate Wood (bass), and Mark Guiliana (drums) from the 2016 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Tompkins Square Park.
Music mix by David Tallacksen.

Donny McCaslin Group plays NYC Winter Jazzfest, January 6, 2017 at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

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Ilhan Ersahin's Istanbul Sessions

December 7, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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The Turkish/Swedish saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin is an underground impresario based in the Lower East Side in Manhattan as the owner and curator of the new Nublu jazz club. He joins us to talk about that and his new recording Istanbul Sessions.

The Nublu Jazz Festival takes place now through December 16th.

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The Comet Is Coming

November 30, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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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.

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.

Fred Hersch's Sunday Night at the Vanguard

October 10, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Pianist and composer Fred Hersch shares music from his latest trio recording Sunday Night at the Vanguard on Palmetto Records -- featuring John Hebert (bass) and Eric McPherson (drums) -- plus, his tribute to French experimental pianist Benoit Delbecq. Recorded at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Photo credit: Mark Niskanen

Cyro Baptista's Bluefly

September 14, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista shares music from his recording Bluefly (Tzadik) and talks about "the Herbie Hancock experience" after touring with the piano master.

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. 

NEA Jazz Master Archie Shepp

August 31, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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NEA Jazz Master Archie Shepp is interviewed by guest producer Lydia Liebman in Washington, DC, before receiving his award.  Shepp reflects on his illustrious career and shares his thoughts about John Coltrane, his record label Archieball, and what the word 'jazz' means to him. 

Pulitzer Prize Winner Henry Threadgill

August 29, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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The composer and saxophonist/flutist Henry Threadgill wins the Pulitzer Prize for his recording In For A Penny, In For A Pound (Pi Recordings). He talks about that suite of music, his new band The Double Up Ensemble, plus belonging to the AACM for over 50 years.

Headhunter Mike Clark Brings The Rhythm

August 4, 2016 by Josh Landes
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Drummer Mike Clark played in the classic 70's line up of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters band. He sat down with WBGO's Gary Walker to talk about his experiences in that groundbreaking group.

Herbie Hancock performs August 11th in Prospect Park.