It's a special preview of the 2014 Montreal International Jazz Festival with singer José James, drummer Jeff Ballard's trio with Lionel Loueke and Miguel Zenón, and pianist Danilo Pérez's "Panama 500" project, with John Patitucci on bass and Brian Blade on drums, live at WBGO.
Pianist Danilo Perez plays excerpts from his "Panama 500" suite live at WBGO with John Patitucci on bass and Brian Blade on drums, and they talk with Rhonda Hamilton about the project, and the shared influence saxophonist Wayne Shorter has had on their musical lives. The trio, all alumni of Shorter's bands, perform together as "Children Of The Light."
Drummer Jeff Ballard talks with Tim Wilkins about Time's Tales, his OKeh CD with Lionel Loueke on guitar and Miguel Zenon on alto sax, and the trio's rhythm-driven approach to composition and improvisation.
Pianist Cat Toren, from the Vancouver-based band Pugs And Crows, talks with Kyle Eagle about their album Everyone Knows Everyone, which features Cole Schmidt on guitar, Russell Sholberg on bass, Meredith Bates on violin, Ben Brown on drums, and guest guitarist Tony Wilson.