Gary Peacock & Marc Copland: "Now This"

July 22, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Bassist Gary Peacock (pictured) and pianist Marc Copland talk with Simon Rentner about their new ECM album, Now This. They spoke at the 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Stanley Clarke: "Vulcan Princess"

July 18, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Bassist Stanley Clarke talks with Simon Rentner about his seminal 1974 recording "Vulcan Princess," and some of his favorite younger musicians, including the bassist Thundercat.

The Story of Amy Winehouse

July 17, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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We knew Amy Winehouse, the soul singer and superstar, but what about the jazz musician?  Filmmaker Asif Kapadia joins former Amy Winehouse manager Nick Shymansky to talk about "Amy," the misunderstood musical genius, in theaters now.

Vision Festival at 20 in New York City

July 8, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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Arts for Art Patricia Nicholson Parker and her husband bassist William Parker celebrate 20 years of New York's Vision Festival.  They speak to Simon Rentner about the triumphs and obstacles of producing one of top avantjazz music festivals.

The Vision Fest runs July 7th - July 12th at the Judson Church in NY's Greenwich Village.

Wayne Shorter On Career Retrospective

June 25, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter talks with Simon Rentner about his early career and a concert homage to him at Jazz At Lincoln Center.

The Wayne Shorter Quartet performs at the Montreal International Jazz Festival June 30 at 7 p.m.

Zev Feldman on Wes Montgomery's Lost Sessions

June 16, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Producer Zev Feldman talks with the Institute for Jazz Studies' Vincent Pelote about Resonance Records' release of Wes Montgomery's In The  Beginning, which features 26 newly discovered tracks from the guitarist's early career.

South Africa's Melanie Scholtz & Jitsvinger

May 27, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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South African singer Melanie Scholtz talks with Simon Rentner about her album "Our Time," which features the Afrikaans rapper Jitsvinger, and their performance together at the 2015 Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

NEA Jazz Master George Coleman

May 20, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Tenor saxophonist George Coleman talks with Simon Rentner about growing up in Memphis, his long career with Miles Davis, Max Roach and others, and being named a 2015 NEA Jazz Master.

Photo credit: Michael G. Stewart

NEA Jazz Master Joe Segal

May 13, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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2015 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Joe Segal talks with Simon Rentner about The Jazz Showcase, the club he founded in Chicago in 1947.

Reid Anderson: "Silence Is The Question"

May 5, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Bassist and composer Reid Anderson talks with Simon Rentner about his approach to composition with the band The Bad Plus and other projects.

Photo credit: Axel Stalljohann