Aaron Goldberg: "The Now"

January 13, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Pianist Aaron Goldberg talks with Simon Rentner about his Sunnyside CD The Now, which celebrates the improvisatory experience with his longtime trio of Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums.

The Now goes on sale Jan. 20, and you can stream the album in its entirety at WBGO.ORG/RADAR through Jan. 19.

Goldberg's trio performs at New York's Jazz Standard Jan. 15 through 18.

Pedro Sa Moraes: Brazilian Explorative Music

January 7, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Singer Pedro Sa Moraes talks with Tim Wilkins about the "Explorative Music Showcase" he organizes to introduce Brazil's rising generation of composers, instrumentalists and songwriters to international audiences.

Sa Moraes and other "explorative" Brazilian musicians, including Sergio Krakowski, Thiago Amud, and Thiago Thiago de Melo perform at New York's (le) Poisson Rouge on Jan. 12 at 6 p.m.

Saxophonist Steve Lehman's 2014 "Best Of"

December 31, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Saxophonist Steve Lehman, whose CD Mise en Abime topped many jazz critics' best-of lists for 2014, stops by to review his own favorite new releases this year.

Walter Smith III: Inspirations

December 16, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Saxophonist Walter Smith III talks about some of his surprising musical inspirations, including The Bodyguard and Rufus Wainwright.

Thanks to Josh Jackson for producing this interview.

Don Was: "Our Point Of View"

December 10, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Blue Note Records president Don Was talks with Simon Rentner about the label's rising generation of talent and the group "Our Point Of View," the label's supergroup with Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, Marcus Strickland on saxophone, Robert Glasper on piano, Lionel Loueke on guitar, Derrick Hodge on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums.

"Our Point Of View" performs at New York's Le Poisson Rouge on Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in a benefit concert for WBGO.

Ambrose Akinmusire: Inspirations

December 9, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire talks with Simon Rentner about some of his  musical inspirations, including Lester Bowie, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove and Charles Tolliver.

Akinmusire appears in a benefit concert for WBGO on Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at New York's Le Poisson Rouge with Blue Note Records' "Out Point Of View" band, with Marcus Strickland on saxophone, Robert Glasper on keyboards, Lionel Loueke, guitar and Kendrick Scott, drums.

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Kendrick Scott & Marcus Strickland: "Our Point Of View"

November 26, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Drummer Kendrick Scott and saxophonist Marcus Strickland talk with Simon Rentner about "Our Point Of View," a superband with keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarist Lionel Loueke, and bassist Derrick Hodge, which was created to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records.

The group performs at New York's Le Poisson Rouge on December 12 at 7:30 p.m., in their only East Coast appearance. The concert is a benefit for WBGO.

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Theo Croker & Dee Dee Bridgewater: "Afro Physicist"

November 11, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Trumpeter Theo Croker & singer Dee Dee Bridgewater talk with Josh Jackson about how they met and Croker's CD Afro Physicist, which Bridgewater produced. 
 
Theo Croker plays Jazz Standard November 18.
 
Thanks to Kyle Eagle and Jenna Ipcar for helping produce this segment.

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.