The Checkout: Booker T. Jones Meets Robert Randolph

August 14, 2013 by Joshua Jackson
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A little history was made when organist Booker T. Jones played with pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph for the very first time.   Hear the performance with WBGO's Michael Bourne.

Recorded July 29th, 2013 at WBGO-Newark

Simon Rentner, Producer
David Tallacksen, Engineer
Jeremy Stirone, Assistant Engineer

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The Checkout: Etienne Charles' Creole Soul

August 12, 2013 by Joshua Jackson
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WBGO's Josh Jackson interviews Etienne Charles about his new recording Creole Soul.  The Trinidadian-born trumpeter gives his definition of "creole," talks about the meaning of  "soul," plus shares selections from the new album.

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The Checkout: September 8, 2009

September 10, 2009 by Joshua Jackson
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Hear studio performances from the Roy Hargrove Big Band and Donny McCaslin's Quartet, plus an interview with British saxophonist John Surman.  WBGO's Josh Jackson is your host.

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Music We Are: Tango African

April 14, 2009 by Joshua Jackson
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musicweare_sDrummer Jack DeJohnette recently won a Grammy Award in the New Age category for his meditative work, Peace Time.  He’s back in action, this time with two longtime collaborators, pianist Danilo Perez and bassist John Patitucci.

Hear DeJohnette’s “Tango African,” from the supertrio recording, Music We Are.  It’s from Jack DeJohnette’s own label, Golden Beams Productions.  Give the drummer some – he also plays melodica, which he did on his very first recording as a leader.

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The Checkout: April 7, 2009

April 7, 2009 by Joshua Jackson
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Welcome to the first episode of The Checkout from WBGO.  In this show, we talk to trumpeter Tom Harrell, saxophonist Mark Turner, and pianist Omar Sosa.  Hear new music from the band of electric groove warriors called Rudder, and experience the new recording from the jazz trio Fly.

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Tom Harrell: An Interview

March 26, 2009 by Joshua Jackson
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harrell-sTrumpeter Tom Harrell is one of the most prolific composers and arrangers.  His writing has a certain airtight logic, and his fellow musicians love to play his music.  In January, Harrell released Prana Song, the second recording of all-original compositions featuring his working quintet.

The respected veteran trumpeter leads his band back downtown to perform his probing and accessible music.  Listen to this interview conducted at his home, and join us for the Tom Harrell Quintet on Live at the Village Vanguard.

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