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.
Colombian transplant Gregorio Uribe wears many hats as an accordionist, singer, composer, and big band leader. Uribe presents the contagious afro-influenced music of his homeland and updates it for modern jazz big band in Cumbia Universal. This concert was captured at his alma mater Berklee College of Music as part of The Checkout Live series hosted by Simon Rentner. See video of his awesome performance here.
Gregorio Uribe’s Cumbia Universal appears at NYC’s Pangea Jazz Fest Sunday, November 15th.
Audio Engineer: Jeremy Stirone
Saxophone polymath and MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient Steve Coleman explores the human anatomy, the trade winds of Ghana, and Amazon bird calls in his recording Synovial Joints (Pi).
Don't miss Coleman's Charlie Parker listening party at Jazz at Lincoln Center Thursday, October 29th at 7pm.
Also, his residency at the Village Vangaurd (November 10 - 15), where he will feature an augmented version of Five Elements plus the premier his band Natal Eclispe.
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.