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

Thundercat: The Checkout Interview

April 8, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner talks with bassist and singer-songwriter Thundercat at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival about his albums and collaborations with Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, Eric Andre and more.

Photo credit: Ignatius Mokone

Hugh Masekela: The Checkout Interview

April 3, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner interviews trumpeter Hugh Masekela at the Cape Town Jazz Festival about his career and the past, present and future of South African jazz.

Click to hear more music from the 2015 Cape Town Jazz Festival.

Photo credit: Ignatius Mokone

MOPDTK's Elliott & Stabinsky: "Blue"

March 5, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Bassist Moppa Elliott (pictured) and panist Ron Stabinsky from the band Mostly Other People Do The Killing talk with Simon Rentner about Blue, their note-for-note CD tribute to Miles Davis's album Kind Of Blue, and the nature of jazz.

Gretchen Parlato Live at Le Poisson Rouge

February 11, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Singer Gretchen Parlato presents selections from her 2014 New York Winter Jazz Fest live performance at (le) Poisson Rouge.

Photo credit: David Bartolomi, courtesy of the artist