Revive Big Band Live at Berklee

January 21, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Trumpeter Igmar Thomas leads his hip-hop inflected Revive Big Band live in Boston at his alma mater, the Berklee College of Music, at their Café 939.

Marquis Hill Blacktet Live At WBGO

January 14, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Trumpeter Marquis Hill performs selections from his album "Modern Flows" live at WBGO with his Blacktet ensemble, and talks with Simon Rentner. Hill is the 2014 winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

Guitarist Anthony Pirog: "Palo Colorado Dream"

January 7, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Guitarist Anthony Pirog talks about his CD "Palo Colorado Dream," which was inspired by childhood memories of northern California's rocky landscape.

Anthony Pirog performs at New York Winter Jazz Fest in the early morning of Sunday, Jan. 11 at 12:45 a.m. at Carroll Place, 157 Bleecker Street.

Thanks to Jenna Ipcar and Kyle Eagle for producing this segment.

Joseph Branciforte: The Cellar And Point

January 7, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Multi-instrumentalist and sound designer Joseph Branciforte talks with Simon Rentner about the album "Ambit," which features the "garage chamber music" of his group The Cellar And Point.

The Cellar And Point performs at New York Winter Jazz Fest in the early morning of Saturday,  Jan. 10 at 1:15 a.m. at The Players theater, 115 MacDougal Street.

Matthew Stevens Live at Berklee

December 16, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Guitarist Matthew Stevens performs live at the Berklee College of Music's Café 939 with pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Vicente Archer, drummer Eric Doob and percussionist Paulo Stagnaro.

Broadcast live by WBGO's The Checkout from Boston on April 2nd, 2014.

Photo credit: Michael Borgida

Derrick Hodge: "Live Today"

December 9, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Bassist Derrick Hodge performs "Dances With Ancestors and "Gritty People" from his Blue Note debut CD, "Live Today," live at WBGO, and talks with Josh Jackson. With Travis Sayles on piano and keyboard, Mark Colenburg, drums and Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet.

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

Read more about Hodge's album, and this concert, here.

Photo credit: John Rogers

Otis Brown III: "The Thought Of You"

December 3, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Drummer Otis Brown talks with Simon Rentner about his Blue Note CD debut, "The Thought Of You," which was in part inspired by Brown's godfather, soul and funk drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie.

Brown performed Wed., Dec. 3 at 9 p.m. with the Revive Big Band in The Checkout Live's live audio and video webcast from the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 in Boston.

Thanks to Jenna Ipcar and Kyle Eagle for their help producing this segment.

Photo credit: Deneka Peniston

Warren Wolf: "Wolfpack" Live

November 18, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Vibraphonist Warren Wolf's "Wolfpack" plays live at the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 in Boston with Tim Green on sax, Alex Brown, piano, Kris Funn, bass and Billy Williams Jr., drums.

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Uri Gurvich: "BabEl" Live at Berklee

November 18, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Israeli saxophonist Uri Gurvich's "BabEl" group plays live at the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 in Boston with Asen Doykin on piano, Peter Slavov on bass, and Ronen Itzik on drums.

Holophonor: Live At WBGO

November 11, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Holophonor members

Holophonor, a seven-piece ensemble of graduates of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, play live at WBGO and talk with Josh Jackson about their self-titled debut CD.

Holophonor is:

Josh Johnson, alto saxophone
Mike Cottone, trumpet
Eric Miller, trombone
Diego Urbano, vibraphone
Miro Sprague, piano
Dave Robaire, bass
Jonathan Pinson, drums

Photo credit: Xiomara Espinoza