The Westerlies

December 27, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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The Westerlies -- two trumpeters and two trombonists from Seattle -- breeze into our performance studio. This chamber jazz setting features a "blues fugue" and an arrangement from a 17th-century English and Scottish folk ballad discovered by Sam Amidon and Nico Muhly.

The band features Riley Mulherkar & Zubin Hensler (trumpets), and Andy Clausen & Willem De Koch (trombones).

They play Day 1 of The 2017 NYC Winter Jazzfest Marathon on January 6th.

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Scott Tixier's Cosmic Adventure

December 27, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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French violinist Scott Tixier celebrates his latest recording, Cosmic Adventure on Sunnyside Records with a live performance in our studios featuring Yvonnick Prene (harmonica), Glenn Zaleski (keys), Desmond White (bass), and Allan Mednard (drums).

Recording made by David Tallacksen. 

Scott Tixier plays Day 2 of the 2017 NYC Winter Jazzfest Marathon, January 7th, with special guest Tony Tixier.

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The Checkout Live at Berklee: Lawrence Fields

November 30, 2016 by David Tallacksen
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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.

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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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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Avishai Cohen's Triveni Live at Berklee

October 27, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Trumpeter Avishai Cohen celebrates the 10th anniversary of Triveni, an augmented trio featuring Johnathan Blake (drums) and Ben Street (bass). Recorded on September 28, 2016 at The Red Room at Cafe 939, as part of The Checkout Live at Berklee College of Music series.

John Raymond's Real Feels

May 12, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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John Raymond shows off his unique band "Real Feels" in our studio with guitar and live looping by Gilad Hekselman and drums by Colin Stranahan.  The trumpeter takes a modernist approach to traditional songs such as "Scarborough Fair" and  "Amazing Grace," inventively remakes Thom Yorke's "Atoms for Peace," plus pays tribute to Thad Jones. Mixed by David Tallacksen. Assistant Producer: Cory Goldberg.

Michael Mwenso and the Shakes

April 26, 2016 by Corey Goldberg
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Vocalist and bandleader Michael Mwenso's unique voice draws upon his roots in Sierra Leone, his tenure as an emcee at Ronnie Scott's in London, and many destinations (and record collections) in between. Bringing the charisma of James Brown and the theatricality of Broadway to his expression of jazz, Michael Mwenso and the Shakes join Simon Rentner for a live in-studio performance and interview. Produced by Cory Goldberg. Music mix: David Tallacksen.

Don't miss his new residency at Harlem's Ginny's Supper Club.

Watch his WBGO Studio Session here.  


Michael Mwenso: vocals
Vuyo Sotashe: vocals
Mathis Picard: piano
Kyle Poole: drums
Russell Hall: bass


David Bowie's Blackstar with Donny McCaslin and Jason Lindner

February 4, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Two of David Bowie's last band members, saxophonist Donny McCaslin and pianist Jason Lindner, visit our studios to celebrate the British rockstar's final album Blackstar, a recording that features some of the finest New York jazz-trained musicians. McCaslin and Lindner give us a unique duo performance.