Ben Williams discovered Prince as a kid by way of the very adult film Purple Rain. The bassist tells that hilarious story plus shares one of his favorite songs by the late legendary rock star from the late 80s, a composition he arranged for his own large ensemble at Harlem Stage. Photo by Jati Lindsey.
In 2015, Dave Douglas celebrated his 50th year by releasing four unique recordings, mostly on his own record label Greenleaf Music. We hear music from those albums plus the trumpeter talks about his father, brother, and the benefits of hosting his own jazz podcast A Noise From The Deep. Recorded at 2016 Panama Jazz Festival. Assistant Producer, Lydia Liebman. Photo by Austin Nelson.
Drummer Antonio Sanchez talks about his mentor, Berklee professor Hal Crook, followed by his performance with the Hal Crook Alumni Sextet at the Berklee Performance Center, February 18th, 2016.
Esperanza Spalding introduces a new character to go along with her adventurous new album Emily's D + Evolution (Concord). Recorded at Hal Crook's retirement concert at Berklee College of Music, February 18th, 2016.
Check out her CD release concert at the Apollo, April 14th.
Marc Cary moves jazz forward with his series of recordings Rhodes Ahead (Motema). He shares his obsession for Fender Rhodes, Washington DC Go-Go, and the music from West Africa. Recorded at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Also, don't miss one of the hottest late-night jam sessions hosted by Marc Cary, Thursdays, at Gin Fizz Harlem.
Don't count out Ray Angry becoming a famous hip-hop star. His talent on keys earned him a place in Lauryn Hill's band and beat-making ability a regular contributor to The Roots. On this show, Angry shows his affection for jazz with his "Celebration Of Life Suite" as featured on the album Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1 from Revive Music and Blue Note Records.
Dayna Stephens suffers from the rare kidney disease focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a condition that leads to kidney failure. The day before his life is renewed, when he undergoes the procedure of receiving new (donated) kidney, the young saxophonist talks about the years leading up to this moment, the countless treatments of dialysis, and the music that came from this experience, including listening to Coltrane's Transition and making his own recording That Nepenthetic Place (Sunnyside).
Guitarist Gilad Hekselman, who is always on the road, rarely finds a place he calls home. Homes (Harmonia Mundi) is the name of his latest recording that features two stellar drummers -- Jeff Ballard and Marcus Gilmore. He also talks about music he grew up listening to at home (Israeli) by Matti Caspi in addition to a rarely heard song by one of his guitar heroes, Kurt Rosenwinkel.
Montreal-based turntablist Eric San, aka Kid Koala, is jazz musician trapped inside a DJ's body. The "scratch artist" talks about transcending the limitations of his instrument, the details about his new operatic puppet show Nufonia Must Fall, and music from his recent American roots recording 12 Bit Blues (Ninja Tune).
Click here for Nufonia Must Fall's touring schedule.
Pilot Aaron Diehl takes us on a flight around Manhattan while sharing an aviation playlist consisting of the music Philip Glass, James P. Johnson, and D'Angelo. Plus, the pianist and composer shares music from his own recording Space Time Continuum (Mack Avenue) and music featuring rising star singer Cecile McLorin Salvant.