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||CleanThe Checkout Profiles HighBreedMusic, A Best-Kept-Secret on the New York Scene||--||3/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn the Ground at the GroundUP Music Festival, with Snarky Puppy, David Crosby and More||The GroundUP Music Festival, which just wrapped its fourth edition in Miami, aims to dissolve the barrier between musician and fan. With a scarcity of VIP badges, famous artists mingling with festival goers, and jaw-dropping curation of unfamiliar||3/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLos Angeles Soul Artist Joey Dosik Shares His 'Inside Voice,' and Jazz Tales, on The Checkout||Multi-instrumentalist Joey Dosik, a 33-year old singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, crafts original soul music that draws from the pantheon: Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder. On this edition of The Checkout, we'll get inside some of h||3/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Checkout Live at Berklee with Godwin Louis, Sarah McKenzie, and Daniel Rotem||As we reflect on our eighth season featuring distinguished alumni from Berklee College Music, one theme becomes immediately apparent: jazz is flourishing internationally, especially among younger artists.||2/28/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanButcher Brown Packs A Musical Punch To Your Soul, on The Checkout||Butcher Brown — a group of five sophisticated musicians from Richmond, Va. — upholds a self-professed blue-collar approach to music. Stylistically speaking, that music falls somewhere on the spectrum between jazz, rock and funk.||2/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||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||Mark de Clive-Lowe, the Los Angeles-based live-electronics pioneer, is half-New Zealander and half-Japanese. He has lately turned his focus to his Japanese heritage — on a new album and on this episode of The Checkout, from the Berklee College of Musi||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|
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