The Checkout Live At Berklee: Revive Big Band

December 3, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Featured, Live

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WBGO's The Checkout Live and Jazz Night In America presented The Revive Big Band live from the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 in Boston on Wed., Dec. 3 at 9 p.m.

What would it sound like if someone bridged the gap between big band jazz and classic hip-hop anthems? Between Art Blakey and A Tribe Called Quest; between Freddie Hubbard and J. Dilla?

One answer is offered by trumpeter Igmar Thomas, the founder and musical director of the Revive Big Band. Between originals, standard jazz repertoire and orchestrations of contemporary classics, Thomas aligns a multi-generational ensemble with a black music tradition that leads to the present day.

The Revive Big Band is an anchor project of Revive Music Group, the concert production and online media organization that Berklee College of Music alum Meghan Stabile started six years ago. The Checkout Live heads to Berklee for a special live concert webcast of the Revive Big Band, presented with NPR Music's Jazz Night In America.

Igmar Thomas, Trumpet, Arranger and Musical Director*
Godwin Louis - alto sax*
Alex Han - alto sax*
Patience Higgins - baritone sax
Marcus Strickland - tenor sax
Doug Beavers - trombone
Stafford Hunter - trombone
James Rogers - bass trombone
Ryan Resky - trumpet
Josh Evans - trumpet
Billy Buss- trumpet*
Rhythm Section
Ray Angry - keys
Otis Brown III- drums
Dezron Douglas - bass
Raydar Ellis*
*denotes Berklee Alum


The Checkout Live At Berklee: Uri Gurvich

November 4, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Berklee, Featured, Live

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Watch video of saxophonist Uri Gurvich's "Bab El" concert with Asen Doykin on piano, Peter Slavov on bass, and Ronen Itzik on drums, live from the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 on Nov. 5, 2014.

Every month, The Checkout Live brings acclaimed, New York-based Berklee alumni back to their alma mater to perform. The performances are broadcast live on WBGO-FM, and archived at WBGO's YouTube channel.

Gurvich was a member of the Tel Aviv Jazz Orchestra and won the Jazz Player of the Year competition in his native Israel before coming to Berklee, where he studied with Joe Lovano and Hal Crook. Now based in New York, Gurvich won great acclaim as a bandleader with his debut album The Storyteller (Tzadik), featuring some of the most prominent voices on the contemporary jazz scene: Leo Genovese, Peter Slavov, Francisco Mela, and special guest Chris Cheek. All Music Guide called Gurvich, “a major new voice in jazz.”

Gurvich’s second album, BabEl, features his quartet and Moroccan multi-instrumentalist Brahim Fribgane on oud and percussion. The Los Angeles Times wrote that the music “transcends borders,” placing Israeli, Yemenite, East European, and North African music into a progressive jazz context. Gurvich will release his third Tzadik project, an interpretation of John Zorn’s Book of Angels, in 2015.


The Checkout Live at Berklee: Ferenc Nemeth

October 8, 2014 by David Tallacksen
Filed under Berklee, Live

Watch video of drummer Ferenc Nemeth's concert with Chris Cheek on saxophone and Matt Garrison on bass, live from the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 on Oct. 8 at 8 p.m.

This was the first in our series of The Checkout Live! concerts, which present critically acclaimed, New York-based alumni of the Boston music school as they return to their alma mater. Upcoming live broadcasts from Berklee include saxophonist Uri Gurvich on November 5, the Revive Big Band on December 3, Katie Thiroux on February 4, 2015 and Gregorio Uribe on April 1, 2015.

Jon Batiste And Stay Human Live At Newport 2014

August 6, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
Filed under Live, Studio Sessions

Pianist Jon Batiste's Stay Human Band plays gospel and New Orleans grooves live from the main stage at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.

Michael Blake's World Time Zone

June 17, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
Filed under Live, Studio Sessions

Tenor saxophonist Michael Blake performs live at WBGO with his World Time Zone ensemble of Ben Allison on bass and Ferenc Nemeth on drums, and talks with Michael Bourne.

Michael Blake performs at the 2014 Vancouver Jazz Festival on June 22 and 24.

Round Robin Improvisations At 92Y Tribeca

May 13, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
Filed under Live, Studio Sessions

Saxophonist John Ellis, pianist Fabian Almazan, drummer John Hollenbeck and nine other musicians perform in a round-robin improvisation at New York's 92Y Tribeca on May 12, 2012.

The Undead Music Festival and Red Bull Music Academy present a round-robin concert at New York's Town Hall on May 14, 2014.

Pianists Robert Glasper & Jason Moran Play Live

April 1, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
Filed under Interviews, Live

Pianists Robert Glasper and Jason Moran play a live duet at New York's Town Hall to celebrate Blue Note Records' 75th anniversary, and talk with WBGO's Josh Jackson about the evolution of jazz.

The Checkout Live: Melissa Aldana Crash Trio at Berklee

October 10, 2013 by Joshua Jackson
Filed under Berklee, Live, New Music

The Checkout presents tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana's Crash Trio live at the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 in Boston, MA.

Listen to the audio:

Photo © Kelly Davidson


Melissa Aldana, tenor saxophone
Pablo Menares, bass
Francisco Mela, drums

Set List:

"Bring Him Home" (Aldana)
"Turning" (Aldana)
"You're My Everything" (Warren/Young)
"Tira Pie" (P. Menares)
"SP" (Aldana)

The Checkout: Highlights from jazzahead!

May 14, 2013 by Joshua Jackson
Filed under Live, Shows

The Checkout visited the jazzahead! conference in Bremen, Germany.  We brought back some concert audio, thanks to a partnership with Radio Bremen.   Hosted by WBGO's Josh Jackson.

Hour One highlights - Omer Klein, subtone, Taksim Trio and Han Bennink.

Hour Two highlights - Jaimeo Brown Transcendence, Django Bates Beloved, Yotam and Eric Vloeimans with Oliver's Cinema.

Newport Jazz Festival Coverage on WBGO and NPR Music

August 2, 2012 by Joshua Jackson
Filed under Live

Photo by Irene Trudel

WBGO, WGBH and NPR Music present continuous coverage of the Newport Jazz Festival this weekend.  Josh Jackson hosts from Fort Adams State Park in Rhode Island.

The following times are for broadcast only.  Official set times are on the Newport Jazz Festival schedule (pdf).

Saturday, August 4th
11:00am Broadcast Preview
11:15am Pedrito Martinez Group
11:50am John Ellis Double-Wide
12:40pm Jack DeJohnette Group
1:40pm Dafnis Prieto Sextet
2:25pm Darcy James Argue Secret Society
3:25pm The Bad Plus w/ Bill Frisell
4:25pm Three Clarinets
5:05pm Jack DeJohnette All-Stars
6:10pm Bill Frisell Plays John Lennon
7:00pm END

Sunday, August 5th
11:00am Broadcast Preview
11:05am Lewis Nash Quintet
11:50am Jenny Scheinman/Bill Frisell
12:20pm Kurt Elling
1:00pm Rudresh Mahanthappa and Samdhi
1:55pm Three Cohens
3:00pm Miguel Zenon Rayuela Quartet
4:00pm Ryan Truesdell Gil Evans Centennial Project
4:40pm John Hollenbeck Claudia Quintet + 1
5:20pm Tedeschi/Trucks Band
7:00pm END