• Guitarist Allan Harris Talks with Michael Bourne

    November 1, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    Guitarist Allan Harris spoke with  WBGO's Michael Bourne on October 16 about his new CD of original compositions, "Open Up Your Mind," and his life on the road as as a globetrotting performer. Bourne's conversation with Harris features the album's title track, as well as "Shores of Istanbul", "There She Goes"  and "Autumn."

    Harris describes himself as an "ambassador of love for the world" in this candid interview.  He is in New York for the next month, and you can catch him every Sunday through December 4th at Smoke Jazz Club on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

  • Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi with Michael Bourne

    October 21, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    Take a dose of Delta blues, add some Memphis soul, stir in sixties rock and seventies funk, and you have a hearty helping of the Tedeschi Trucks Band and their new album, "Revelator." Click on the link below to hear more:

    Tedeschi Trucks Band at Newport Jazz 2012 photo by Tim Wilkins

    The band is the brainchild of husband and wife team of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi who sat down with WBGO's Michael Bourne Friday afternoon to talk about their new album, a session at their home studio with Herbie Hancock, and their fall U.S. tour, which they kicked off at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Friday night. "Revelator" features an eleven-piece powerhouse band with brothers Oteil Burbridge on bass, Kofi Burbridge on flute and keyboards and Maurice Brown on trumpet.

  • Bill Charlap With WBGO's Gary Walker

    October 6, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    Bill Charlap

    Bill Charlap's generous and nuanced touch at the piano has made him one of the foremost interpreters of the American Songbook. More often than not, he does so in the company of his bandmates of 14 years, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. The trio is at the Village Vanguard through October 9th.

    Charlap sat down with WBGO's Gary Walker on Wednesday for an illuminating conversation. Charlap says feels "at home" and a sense of humility when he performs at the Vanguard, which has presented piano legends such as Bill Evans, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, Fred Hersch, and Tommy Flanagan.

    Charlap also talks about how he was musically nurtured by his mother, jazz vocalist Sandy Stewart, and his father, Moose Charlap, a  Broadway songwriter.   Bill and his mother regularly perform together, and will appear at the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel during the first two weeks in November.

    Also in the interview, Charlap relays his knowledge, love, and respect for Vernon Duke, who wrote "Autumn In New York," "April In Paris," "I Can't Get Started" and "Taking a Chance on Love."

    Listen to the full interview below.