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  • Ben Sidran talks with Gary Walker on "Jazz, Jews, And African Americans"

    December 10, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Pianist, singer, scholar, and writer Ben Sidran discusses his exploration of the relationships between Jews and African Americans with WBGO's Gary Walker. From music to food and lyrics to locations, Sidran examines the ties that bound two distinct cultures during the early development of jazz.

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  • Hendrix On A Horn: The World Of Robin Eubanks

    November 28, 2015. Posted by WBGO.

    There have been plenty of distinctions in Robin Eubanks' career. The award-winning musician, composer and educator has played with Stevie Wonder, Elvin Jones and Art Blakey; he's appeared on The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, the Grammys. He even plays electric trombone — the result of years of listening to rock and funk music and wanting to get in on the action.

    "I was a guest soloist with a band in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the sax player had a mic clipped on his bell," Eubanks explains. "During the intermission, I asked him if I could clip it on my bell. I plugged it into the guitar player's rig, and all kinds of bells and whistles went off in my head. I said, 'This is it.'"

    But for all his accolades and experiments, there's something Eubanks hasn't tried until now. His latest album, More Than Meets the Ear, is a collection of big-band arrangements.

    "It just offers so many possibilities, 'cause within a big band, you have solo, duo, trio — you have all the different combinations of small groups," he says. "Of course, it's like three times the size of a quintet, or more, so there's a lot more overhead. It's a challenging thing. ... But I just love the sound."

    Robin Eubanks spoke with NPR's Scott Simon about the making of More Than Meets the Ear and channeling his love of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin into jazz. Hear more of their conversation at the audio link.

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  • "Kokomo Kidd" Guy Davis on Afternoon Jazz: Interview and Performance

    November 23, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Guy Davis brings his electric presence- and his banjo- to WBGO's Afternoon Jazz with Michael Bourne, as he talks about his new record, "Kokomo Kidd", and plays a song or two with bassist Mark Murphy.

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