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  • The Checkout Live from Berklee: Walter Smith III

    March 7, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO presents saxophonist Walter Smith III live from the Red Room at Cafe 939 at the Berklee College of Music in Boston on Thursday, March 7 at 8 p.m.

    The Checkout – Live at Berklee brings critically acclaimed, New York-based Berklee alumni back to their alma mater for concerts. Smith will be joined in the concert by fellow Berklee alumnus Matt Stevens on guitar, bassist Harish Raghavan, Taylor Eigsti on piano, and Clarence Penn on drums.

    Watch the concert live right here or listen to our on-air stream with host Josh Jackson, and join the conversation below.

    Like WBGO's other live broadcasts every month, these shows live on in our video archive and at NPRmusic.org.

    If you like what you hear, tune in to WBGO's sister station, The Jazz Bee, to hear recordings by Smith, his bandmates and other cutting-edge performers. Enjoy!

  • The Checkout – Live at Berklee with Jaleel Shaw February 7

    January 31, 2013. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    WBGO presents saxophonist Jaleel Shaw Live from the Red Room at Cafe 939, at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, on Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m. Shaw will be joined in the concert by fellow Berklee alumnus Lawrence Fields on piano, bassist Boris Kozlov, and drummer Johnathan Blake.

    Watch the concert live right here or listen to our on-air stream with host Josh Jackson, and join the conversation below.

    Like WBGO's other live broadcasts every month, these shows live on in our video archive and at NPRmusic.org.

    If you like what you hear, tune in to WBGO's sister station, The Jazz Bee, to hear recordings by Shaw and other cutting-edge performers. Enjoy!

    The Checkout – Live at Berklee brings critically acclaimed, New York-based Berklee alumni back to their alma mater for concerts. Shaw is a member of the Roy Haynes Quartet and the Mingus Big Band, and has performed with Christian McBride, Jason Moran, Stefon Harris, Roy Hargrove, Dave Holland, Jimmy Cobb, and more.

    Upon graduating from high school in his native Philadelphia, Shaw received a full-tuition scholarship to attend Berklee, where he graduated with degrees in music education and performance. At Berklee, he received the Billboard Endowed Scholarship, two Woodwind Department Awards, the Outstanding Student Teacher Award, and the Boston Jazz Society Award. Shaw then earned a master's in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

  • The Checkout Live from Berklee: Dayna Stephens Quartet

    November 15, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO presented a live broadcast of saxophonist Dayna Stephens with Julian Lage on guitar, Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass and Jaimeo Brown on drums, live from the Red Room @ Cafe 939, at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, on November 15 at 8 p.m.

    Co-presented by WBGO, NPR Music, and Berklee, this concert was part of a series hosted by Josh Jackson that brings critically acclaimed, New York-based Berklee alumni back to their alma mater for concerts.

    If you missed the show, check out our video archive, where you will find all of our live broadcasts, including our shows from the Village Vanguard and the 92Y Tribeca.

    If you like what you hear, tune in to WBGO's sister station, The Jazz Bee, to hear recordings by Stephens and other up-and-coming performers. And don't forget WBGO's broadcasts from the 92Y and Village Vanguard live on in our video archive.

    Enjoy!

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  • The Checkout: Live from Berklee Presents Chihiro Yamanaka

    October 18, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO is proud to present pianist Chihiro Yamanaka live from the Red Room @ Cafe 939, at the Berklee College of Music in Boston tonight at 8 p.m. Co-presented by WBGO, NPR Music, and Berklee, the series brings critically acclaimed, New York-based Berklee alumni back to their alma mater for concerts. They will also be archived, and available for on-demand listening, at NPRmusic.org, and WBGO. Watch the concert live or listen to our on-air stream with host Josh Jackson, and join in our chat below with Patrick Jarenwattananon and Tim Wilkins.

    If you like what you hear, tune in to our sister station, The Jazz Bee, to hear recordings by Yamanaka and other up-and-coming performers. And don't forget WBGO's broadcasts from the 92Y and Village Vanguard live on in our video archive. Enjoy!

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  • Berklee, NPR Music, and WBGO to broadcast and webcast second season worldwide

    October 10, 2012. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    WBGO, NPR Music, and Berklee College of Music are teaming up to present a second year of The Checkout – Live at Berklee. The series brings critically acclaimed, New York-based Berklee alumni back to their alma mater for concerts in the Red Room @ Cafe 939. The shows will be webcast live worldwide in high definition over NPRmusic.org and in New York over WBGO-FM as a special edition of The Checkout, the acclaimed multimedia show featuring what’s new on New York’s jazz scene. They will also be archived, and available for on-demand listening, at NPRmusic.org, and WBGO.

    Chihiro Yamanaka
    Chihiro Yamanaka

    Year two of The Checkout – Live at Berklee will debut with pianist and composer Chihiro Yamanaka’98 on October 18. The series continues with saxophonist and composer Dayna Stephens’01 on November 15, alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw’00 on February 7, 2013, and tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III ’02 on March 7, 2013. Concerts and broadcasts will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET. Tickets to the live performances at the Red Room @ Cafe 939 are $10 for the general public and $5 with a Berklee ID. Tickets are available at cafe939.com.

    “Boston is a major incubator for jazz, and this series aims to underline that fact,” said Josh Jackson, host and producer of The Checkout. “WBGO and The Checkout are delighted to return to Berklee. We look forward to showcasing these young talents as they pursue their artistry and inspire future generations.”

    Chihiro Yamanaka is one of the most exciting jazz pianists and composers of her generation, and is the leader of the Chihiro Yamanaka Trio. 2012 has been a milestone year: she performed in the Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center, in a concert featured on JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater, at the Iridium Jazz Club and Dizzy's at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, at the Regattabar in Boston, and in a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. Yamanaka’s new CD, Reminiscence is her second U.S. release. Reminiscence reached the #1 spot on the Japanese jazz charts and won the Nissan Presents Jazz Japan Award for Album of the Year.