Martha High & Fred Wesley: The James Brown Legacy

October 29, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Singer Martha High and trombonist Fred Wesley talk with Simon Rentner about their experiences in the band of rhythm 'n' blues singer James Brown. High and Wesley appear in "Mr Dynamite," an HBO documentary on Brown's life and legacy.

"Mr. Dynamite" airs on HBO on Oct. 30, 2014 at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 2 at 1:00 p.m., and Nov. 4 at noon, and on HBO2 on Oct. 29 at 11:30 p.m., and Nov. 6 9:00 p.m.

South African Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim

October 23, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim talks with Rhonda Hamilton about his life and career, including his recording with The Jazz Epistles, a group he formed with trumpeter Hugh Masekela in the 1950s.


Ibrahim was in New York for the "Ubuntu" festival, a monthlong celebration of the arts & music of South Africa at Carnegie Hall and other venues which runs through Nov. 5.

Hugh Masekela: Life & Times

October 23, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Trumpeter Hugh Masekela talks with Gary Walker about his life and musical career in his homeland, South Africa, as part of the Ubuntu festival celebrating the 20th anniversary of democracy in that country.


Masekela was in New York for the "Ubuntu" festival, a monthlong celebration of the arts & music of South Africa at Carnegie Hall and other venues which runs through Nov. 5.

P-Funk's George Clinton: "Like George"

October 15, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Funk pioneer George Clinton, who founded the groups Parliament, Funkadelic & P-Funk, talks with guest host Soul Sister from WWOZ about his memoir, "Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?"

photo credit: William Thorem

Quincy Jones: "Keep On Keepin' On"

October 15, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Producer Quincy Jones & film director Alan Hicks talk with Gary Walker about "Keep On Keepin' On," a documentary about the teaching methods of trumpeter Clark Terry, Jones's musical mentor.

Bill Frisell: "GUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE!"

October 8, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Bill Frisell talks with Josh Jackson about the album GUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE!" which pays homage to the surf and rockabilly guitar styles of the 1950s and 1960s.

Odean Pope & Pharoah Sanders: Saxophone Choirs

October 2, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Tenor saxophonists Odean Pope (pictured) & Pharoah Sanders talk with Rhonda Hamilton about math in music, saxophone choirs and other collaborations.

Mark Turner: "Lathe Of Heaven"

October 1, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Tenor saxophonist Mark Turner talks with Josh Jackson about Lathe Of Heaven, his new ECM album, after a thirteen-year hiatus as a leader.

D'Angelo & Leitham At OutBeat

September 24, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Simon Rentner visits OutBeat, Philadelphia's first LGBT jazz festival, and talks with saxophonist Andrew D'Angelo and bassist Jennifer Leitham, who also perform.

Steve Lehman's Mise en Abime

August 20, 2014 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.