Bassist-singer Katie Thiroux Live at Berklee

February 11, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Featured, Live, New Music


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Bassist-singer Katie Thiroux performs music from her debut CD live at Café 939 of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Thiroux received a Presidential Scholarship at Berklee in 2007.

Thiroux's performance was part of WBGO's monthly series of live video webcasts which feature distinguished Berklee alumni. Watch the full video of her performance here.

The Checkout Live: Katie Thiroux

February 3, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Featured, Live

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WBGO presents singer-bassist Katie Thiroux live from the Berklee College of Music's Café 939 in Boston, as her quartet with Graham Dechter, Matt Witek, and Roger Neumann celebrates the release of her debut CD.

Thiroux received a Presidential Scholarship at Berklee in 2006, and recently completed the album "Introducing Katie Thiroux" under the guidance of her mentor, John Clayton, and coproducer Jeff Hamilton.

"Her musicality, swinging drive, and attention to detail are values seldom heard in players of her age group," says DownBeat's Kirk Silsbee.

Every month WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM/wbgo.org and the Berklee College of Music present The Checkout – Live at Berklee. The series brings critically acclaimed, New York–based Berklee alumni back to their alma mater for concerts in at the college's Red Room @ Cafe 939.

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.

REVIVE BIG BAND PERSONNEL
Igmar Thomas, Trumpet, Arranger and Musical Director*
 
Saxes
Godwin Louis - alto sax*
Alex Han - alto sax*
Patience Higgins - baritone sax
Marcus Strickland - tenor sax
 
Trombones
Doug Beavers - trombone
Stafford Hunter - trombone
James Rogers - bass trombone
 
Trumpets
Ryan Resky - trumpet
Josh Evans - trumpet
Billy Buss- trumpet*
 
Rhythm Section
Ray Angry - keys
Otis Brown III- drums
Dezron Douglas - bass
 
Emcee
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

Personnel:

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)