Blue Note "Sampled": Fusion on the Checkout

October 10, 2016 by Stevan Smith
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Featured Producer Stevan "Vegas" Smith examines the connection between Blue Note Records' classic recordings, and sampling in Hip-Hop music during the 1990s.

Check out Blue Note's Spotify Playlist "Blue Note's Most Sampled" for more.

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Taylor McFerrin: Fusion On The Checkout

September 13, 2016 by Stevan Smith
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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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Herbie Hancock & Sampling: Fusion On The Checkout

August 4, 2016 by Stevan Smith
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During our #HerbieWeek celebration, Stevan "Vegas" Smith paid tribute to Herbie Hancock through the lens of Hip-Hop. It's a glimpse into the world of music sampling and Herbie's connection with Hip-Hop.

Herbie Hancock debuts his new band at Celebrate Brooklyn on Thursday, August 11th.

Photo by Douglas Kirkland

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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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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.

For more on Black Milk & Nat Turner: Blackmilk.biz

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Will Sessions: Fusion On The Checkout

May 8, 2016 by Stevan Smith
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Funk, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Fusion, and more are the tools in which the Detroit band Will Sessions captivates audiences. We present samples of their work, presented by guest host Stevan "Vegas" Smith.

For more on Will Sessions: will-sessions.squarespace.com

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Ray Angry's Favorite Jazz In Pop

March 10, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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One of the most versatile men in jazz, pianist and producer Ray Angry explores the other side of this music as it's manifested in some of his favorite pop tunes by The Roots, Stevie Wonder, Don Blackman, Sting, and more.

Rudresh Mahanthappa wins 2015 NPR Music Critics Poll

December 30, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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Rudresh Mahanthappa tied for first place in the 2015 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll compiled by writer Francis Davis. The alto saxophonist talks about his victory, Bird Calls, a recording he calls a "blissful devotion" to Charlie Parker. Mahanthappa also shares his favorite recordings this year, music by Cecile McLorin Salvant, Rez Abassi, Liberty Ellman, and Amir ElSaffar.

2015 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll with Patrick Jarenwattananon

December 30, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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The critics have voted. The ballots are counted. The results of the 2015 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll are here.  A Blog Supreme's Patrick Jarenwattananon talks about its findings and shares some of its highlights, including music by Maria Schneider, Kamasi Washington, Arturo O'Farrill, Hiatus Kiayote, Mary Halvorson, and more.

See the poll results here.

Mike Reed: Chicago Jazz & A New Kind Of Dance

September 9, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Drummer Mike Reed, chairman of The Chicago Jazz Festival, talks about the 50th anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and A New Kind of Dance, the latest release by his band People, Places and Things.

Reed also runs one of Chicago’s best venues for experimental music,  Constellation.