Taylor McFerrin: Fusion On The Checkout

September 13, 2016 by Stevan Smith
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In 2014, jazz/soul/electronic musician and producer Taylor McFerrin released his debut album “Early Riser” on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint. As he readies his 2016 follow up, guest host Stevan “Vegas” Smith revisits Taylor’s amazing debut.

For more on Taylor McFerrin: http://www.taylormcferrin.com/

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Herbie Hancock & Sampling: Fusion On The Checkout

August 4, 2016 by Stevan Smith
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Herbie posing in blue room.

During our #HerbieWeek celebration, Stevan "Vegas" Smith paid tribute to Herbie Hancock through the lens of Hip-Hop. It's a glimpse into the world of music sampling and Herbie's connection with Hip-Hop.

Herbie Hancock debuts his new band at Celebrate Brooklyn on Thursday, August 11th.

Photo by Douglas Kirkland

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Meshell Ndegeocello at the Cape Town International Jazz Fest

July 5, 2016 by Kellan Brennan
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Simon Rentner sits down with neo-soul artist, Meshell Ndegeocello, at the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

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Theo Croker: Fusion On The Checkout

June 29, 2016 by Stevan Smith
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Trumpeter, Composer, and Arranger Theo Croker's latest release "Escape Velocity" is a perfect example of where jazz is, has been, and will be. We feature some of his work, presented by guest host Vegas.

For more on Theo Croker: TheoCroker.com

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Black Milk & Nat Turner: Fusion On The Checkout

June 10, 2016 by Stevan Smith
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Detroit rapper and producer Black Milk collaborates with Washington D.C. based band Nat Turner for their debut release "The Rebellion Sessions," a Jazz Funk opus that was recorded over the span of one week. We present samples of their work, presented by guest host Steve "Vegas" Smith.

For more on Black Milk & Nat Turner: Blackmilk.biz

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Will Sessions: Fusion On The Checkout

May 8, 2016 by Stevan Smith
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Funk, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Fusion, and more are the tools in which the Detroit band Will Sessions captivates audiences. We present samples of their work, presented by guest host Stevan "Vegas" Smith.

For more on Will Sessions: will-sessions.squarespace.com

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WBGO Presents a Tribute to George Duke

August 17, 2013 by Joshua Jackson
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Christian McBride remembers George Duke in this WBGO special.
Hosted by Josh Jackson

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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: March 2, 2010

March 4, 2010 by Joshua Jackson
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The Checkout features a two-piano concert by Andy Milne and Benoit Delbecq performing original compositions for prepared piano.

Set list:

Portrait of Giorgio Thelos (Milne/Delbecq)
Task Sharing (Delbecq)
Divide Comedy (Delbecq)
Ice Storm (Milne)
Le Meme Jour (Delbecq)
Mu-Turn (Delbecq)
Water's Edge (Milne)

Listen to an interview with Andy Milne about the project here.

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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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