Edmar Castañeda: "World Ensemble"

August 12, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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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.

The Edmar Castañeda World Ensemble performs at The Jazz Standard August 12. 

Jon Batiste on Newport & Colbert

August 4, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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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

August 4, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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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.

Gary Peacock & Marc Copland: "Now This"

July 22, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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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.

Stanley Clarke: "Vulcan Princess"

July 18, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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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.

The Story of Amy Winehouse

July 17, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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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.

Vision Festival at 20 in New York City

July 8, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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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.

The Vision Fest runs July 7th - July 12th at the Judson Church in NY's Greenwich Village.

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.