NEA Jazz Master Archie Shepp is interviewed by guest producer Lydia Liebman in Washington, DC, before receiving his award. Shepp reflects on his illustrious career and shares his thoughts about John Coltrane, his record label Archieball, and what the word 'jazz' means to him.
The composer and saxophonist/flutist Henry Threadgill wins the Pulitzer Prize for his recording In For A Penny, In For A Pound (Pi Recordings). He talks about that suite of music, his new band The Double Up Ensemble, plus belonging to the AACM for over 50 years.
Drummer Mike Clark played in the classic 70's line up of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters band. He sat down with WBGO's Gary Walker to talk about his experiences in that groundbreaking group.
The groundbreaking pianist and composer is on the verge of releasing a new album, some of that music to be showcased in concert at Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell, Thursday, August 11th. Hancock gives a rare interview about his recent collaborations with Flying Lotus and Jacob Collier, and discusses the many inventive ways he's exercising his creativity today, from education to NASA.
A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke is the name of a recording by pianist Vijay Iyer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. It's derived from a phrase written by the legendary modern Indian artist and drawer Nasreen Mohamedi, the subject and inspiration behind this ECM release. The artists talk about that and more at the Montreal Jazz Festival with Simon Rentner. Produced by Corey Goldberg.
After 30 years of teaching at Berklee College of Music, Hal Crook steps away from his esteemed post. He talks to The Checkout's Simon Rentner about presenting a once-in-a-lifetime retirement concert with his Alumni Sextet. Hear the concert that features an all-star band of former students Esperanza Spalding, Leo Genovese, Antonio Sanchez, Chris Cheek, and Lionel Loueke, plus Crook's soul/funk band, Behind These Eyes. Assistant Producer: Corey Goldberg.
Experimental jazz outfit Kneebody teamed up with electronic producer Daedelus to create something truly beyond genre - a project known as Kneedelus.
Simon Rentner sits down with neo-soul artist, Meshell Ndegeocello, at the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
The Checkout from WBGO host Simon Rentner sat down with multi-platinum recording artist and cosmically attuned thinker Charles Lloyd to talk about his trio Sangam, as well as his days living in Greenwich Village with Bob Dylan and meeting the giants of jazz as a child in his native Memphis.
2016 NEA Jazz Master Pharoah Sanders, along with his wife Tina Sanders, are interviewed by guest host Lydia Liebman.