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

Jean-Michel Pilc: "What Is This Thing"

February 4, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Pianist Jean-Michel Pilc talks with Simon Rentner about his album What Is This Thing and his inspirations for the disc, which include Cole Porter.

Steve Lehman's Mise en Abime

January 28, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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Steve Lehman talks to WBGO's Simon Rentner about "Mise en Abime," featuring his octet from Pi Records.  The alto saxophonist reveals his spectral-inspired compositions.

Aaron Goldberg: "The Now"

January 13, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Pianist Aaron Goldberg talks with Simon Rentner about his Sunnyside CD The Now, which celebrates the improvisatory experience with his longtime trio of Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums.

The Now goes on sale Jan. 20, and you can stream the album in its entirety at WBGO.ORG/RADAR through Jan. 19.

Goldberg's trio performs at New York's Jazz Standard Jan. 15 through 18.

Pedro Sa Moraes: Brazilian Explorative Music

January 7, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Singer Pedro Sa Moraes talks with Tim Wilkins about the "Explorative Music Showcase" he organizes to introduce Brazil's rising generation of composers, instrumentalists and songwriters to international audiences.

Sa Moraes and other "explorative" Brazilian musicians, including Sergio Krakowski, Thiago Amud, and Thiago Thiago de Melo perform at New York's (le) Poisson Rouge on Jan. 12 at 6 p.m.

Saxophonist Steve Lehman's 2014 "Best Of"

December 31, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Saxophonist Steve Lehman, whose CD Mise en Abime topped many jazz critics' best-of lists for 2014, stops by to review his own favorite new releases this year.

Walter Smith III: Inspirations

December 16, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Saxophonist Walter Smith III talks about some of his surprising musical inspirations, including The Bodyguard and Rufus Wainwright.

Thanks to Josh Jackson for producing this interview.