Cyro Baptista's Bluefly

September 14, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Cyro Baptista

Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista shares music from his recording Bluefly (Tzadik) and talks about "the Herbie Hancock experience" after touring with the piano master.

NEA Jazz Master Gary Burton

September 2, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Gary Burton

NEA Jazz Master Gary Burton speaks with guest producer Lydia Liebman about his expansive career including his fusion period, his opinion on the current state of jazz education, and his love for the guitar. 

NEA Jazz Master Archie Shepp

August 31, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Archie Shepp

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. 

Pulitzer Prize Winner Henry Threadgill

August 29, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Henry Threadgill

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.

Headhunter Mike Clark Brings The Rhythm

August 4, 2016 by Josh Landes
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Mike Clark

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.

Herbie Hancock performs August 11th in Prospect Park.

A Conversation with Herbie Hancock

August 1, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Herbie Hancock

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.

Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith at FIJM

July 18, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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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.

Hal Crook Retires from Berklee College of Music

July 13, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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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.

Kneebody Plus Daedelus Equals... Kneedelus

July 6, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Experimental jazz outfit Kneebody teamed up with electronic producer Daedelus to create something truly beyond genre - a project known as Kneedelus.

Meshell Ndegeocello at the Cape Town International Jazz Fest

July 5, 2016 by Kellan Brennan
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Simon Rentner sits down with neo-soul artist, Meshell Ndegeocello, at the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

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