By Simon Rentner
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Music and interviews featuring cutting edge artists from around the world.
||CleanJames Francies Is Soaring, and Has High-Flying Recordings to Prove It, on The Checkout||The meteoric rise of James Francies is no surprise to anyone embedded in New York’s thriving jazz scene. Besides celebrating his auspicious debut, Flight, on Blue Note Records, this multi-pronged pianist keeps an ambitious touring schedule with guitar||2/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMark de Clive-Lowe Explores His Japanese Heritage on The Checkout Live at Berklee||--||2/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn Unsettling Times, Thiefs Offers A Musical Antidote In Video from Nublu, on The Checkout||Last fall, The Checkout presented Thiefs in concert at Nublu in the East Village. The French-American jazz ensemble with a hip-hop edge takes on some of the concerning issues of today — specifically the rise of racism in Western society. Watch the ban||1/31/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNellie McKay Pays Homage to her Friend and Mentor Bob Dorough, on The Checkout||It makes sense that Nellie McKay would find a close kinship with the late NEA Jazz Master Bob Dorough. Despite being separated by nearly 60 years in age, both artists found a niche for their quirky and original songs. The duo made one memorable recordin||1/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCelebrating Brainfeeder at 10: A Key Force Behind Jazz's Resurgence, on The Checkout||There are many theories as to why jazz is cool again. Perhaps we’re not giving enough credit to Brainfeeder, the genre-agnostic indie label founded by composer-producer Flying Lotus. Ten years have passed, and one thing is clear: the L.A. based compan||1/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLooking Ahead, and To the Cosmos, with Guitarist and Composer Kurt Rosenwinkel||Anniversaries can be a time for reflection, and taking stock of where we’ve been. So in celebration of WBGO's 40th anniversary, this episode of The Checkout dips into the archives, recalling the era when it was hosted and produced by its founder, Josh||1/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGet Acquainted with a Promising Singer and Pianist, Alina Engibaryan, on The Checkout||Alina Engibaryan is a contemplative singer, keyboardist and composer whose musical roots go back to her childhood in Russia. Her grandfather, Nikolay Goncharov, was a master jazz drummer in an era when jazz was perceived as “the devil’s music.” No||1/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJason Lindner Talks About Sculpting Sound, As a Synth Catalyst and Big Band Arranger||When Jason Lindner became embedded in New York’s jazz scene in the mid 1990s, he led an underground big band. These days, he's paving the way for a new breed of jazz synth artists, with the same renegade spirit. On this episode of The Checkout, Lindne||12/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom The Checkout Archives: Trumpeter Etienne Charles Celebrates 'A Creole Christmas'||A few years ago, the Trinidadian jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles released A Creole Christmas , a brilliant musical meld of Christian hymns, Venezuelan parangs, and island calypsos. He brought that festive sound into our studio in 2016, leading a sharp an||12/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHear Pianist Aaron Parks and 'Little Big,' Boldly Expanding Jazz's Sonic Palette, In Our Studio||It’s been a decade since pianist Aaron Parks released his debut album, Invisible Cinema , which blurs the line between jazz and rock. After a prolonged absence from that sonic trajectory, he has issued an update with Little Big . He and his band came||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStreams of East and West Form ‘Rivers of Sound’ for Amir ElSaffar, on The Checkout||Amir ElSaffar, a Chicago-born jazz trumpeter and composer, incorporates Iraqi musical traditions in his 17-piece Rivers of Sound orchestra. In this edition of The Checkout, we delve deep into the maqam, a system of melodic modes in Arabic music that||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReflecting on the Year in Jazz with Our Own Nate Chinen, the Author of 'Playing Changes'||Has jazz ever sounded so varied and diverse? In this Checkout podcast, Nate Chinen — WBGO’s director of editorial content, and the author of Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century — reckons with the music’s current moment and how we got here.||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrumpeter Maurice Brown and His Band Create 'The Mood' at WBGO, Before Winter's Eve||Maurice “Mobetta” Brown ends his late-night residency at the Blue Note Jazz Club on Saturday, and performs on Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square , New York’s largest holiday festival, on Monday.||11/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGuitarist Julian Lage Reflects on Jazz Legends and 'Modern Lore,' Before a Show in Brooklyn||Earlier this year guitarist Julian Lage released Modern Lore , the second album to feature his trio with Scott Colley on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums. The group appears at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Nov. 29. Lage, a former child prodigy,||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVocalist Jeremy Dutcher, Polaris Prize Winner, Amplifies the Songs of His First Nation People||While the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements have shaped the debate in the United States, our neighbor, Canada, is going through its own cultural awakening and moment of reckoning. Rising stars like Jeremy Dutcher are giving its mistreated indigeno||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFlash Back to Justin Brown and NYEUSI at Nublu, with a Series of New Concert Videos||For years, Justin Brown has been a drummer in high demand, constantly on the road with the likes of Thundercat and Ambrose Akinmusire. At the same time, he’s been carefully writing his own compositions, and plotting his debut as a bandleader. He relea||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGuitarist Philip Catherine and Pianist Fulco Ottervanger: Two Generations of Fine Euro Jazz||All too often, great jazz talent overseas goes underappreciated in the United States. The Checkout spotlights two such figures: guitarist Philip Catherine, a legendary guitarist who once collaborated with Chet Baker and Dexter Gordon; and pianist Fulco||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMark de Clive-Lowe's East Coast Tour Lands in Boston, in Brooklyn, and on The Checkout||Mark de Clive-Lowe is a grand pianist and jazz technologist who fuses acoustic and electric sounds. Along with his keyboards and live electronics, his band on tour features Teodross Avery on saxophones, Corbin Jones on bass, and Gene Coye on drums.||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKamasi Washington on Igor Stravinsky, Art Blakey, and a Certain Vintage Arcade Game||Kamasi Washington’s Heaven and Earth Tour reached New York City on Tuesday, with a stop at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center opening for Florence and the Machine. Over the summer we spoke with the Herculean saxophonist about some of his most important earl||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlong with a New Album by Chic, Nile Rodgers Has Some Incredible Jazz Stories To Tell||You probably know Nile Rodgers for his trailblazing work in disco, and as producer behind some of the 20th century’s most enduring pop songs. Did you also know that Rodgers started out as a jazz musician? At this summer’s North Sea Jazz Festival in||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
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