Montreal-based turntablist and illustrator Kid Koala (Eric San) talks with Simon Rentner about the stage adaptation of his graphic book Nufonia Must Fall, which he performs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's New Wave Festival Sept. 17-20.
Koala and designer K.K. Barrett (Her, Lost In Translation, Being John Malkovich) adapted his 2003 illustrations for the stage featuring puppets and live music by Eric San and the Afiara Quartet. Camera crews shoot and edit the puppets in real time and project the action onscreen thus creating a live silent film.
Muhal Richard Abrams, co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, celebrates the organization's 50th anniversary at the 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival.
The legendary pianist and composer talks with Simon Rentner about his life and the historic reunion of his Experimental Band at the festival.
Vancouver-born, New York-based trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg shares her new arrangements of music popularized by Sidney Bechet and Anita O’Day.
Skonberg performed at the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival with her Jazz Compatriots, Evan Arntzen, Dalton Ridenhour, Sean Cronin, and Darrian Douglas.
You can support Bria’s current recording project with Ali Jackson, Aaron Diehl, and Reginald Veal by making a contribution to her Pledge Music Campaign.
Audio Engineer: David Tallacksen
Colombian Edmar Castañeda brings musicians from eight different countries together with his World Ensemble. The harpist also performs solo in our studio. He talks about growing up in the high plains of Colombia and Queens, and his group's new album, recorded live at New York's Jazz Standard.
The group includes Gregoire Maret on harmonica, Marshall Gilkes, trombone, Itai Kriss, flute, Shlomi Cohen, soprano sax, Pablo Vergara, piano, Rodrigo Villalon, drums, David Silliman, percussion, Andrea Tierra on vocals, Tamer Pinarbasi on kanun and Sergio Krakowski on pandeiro.
Pianist Jon Batiste talks with Simon Rentner about his appearances at the Newport Jazz Festival and his hiring as bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein talks with guest producer Leo Sidran about the 2015 festival and some of his favorite musicians.
The segment includes music by John Hollenbeck, Anat Cohen, Amir ElSaffar, Paul Gonsalves with Duke Ellington, Stan Getz and Lew Tabackin, all of whom have performed at the Newport Jazz Festival over the years.
This is an excerpt of Leo's 90-minute interview with Wein which can be heard at third-story.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.