Velvet Portraits: Terrace Martin at FIJM

July 19, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Terrace Martin

Alto saxophonist Terrace Martin may be better known in the hip-hop game as a producer for Kendrick Lamar's blockbuster recordings. Here we listen to his jazz side on his recording Velvet Portraits featuring Kamasi Washington, Rose Gold, The Emotions, and more. He shares that music plus his love for Q-Tip and Tribe Called Quest at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Assistant Producer: Sarah Geledi.

Terrace Martin plays with Herbie Hancock in Prospect Park's Bandshell August 11th.

Renaud Garcia-Fons On Innovation, Monk, and Montreal

July 13, 2016 by Josh Landes
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Renaud Garcia-Fons

Renaud Garcia-Fons knows no boundaries in his pursuit of musical perfection - his efforts to reapproach and redefine the bass has taken him to the heights of jazz innovation. Michael Bourne sat down with him at the Montreal International Jazz Festival to talk about the inspiration behind the craft. 

Bokani Dyer Makes "Anti-Genre" Music

June 28, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Bokani Dyer

Botswana-raised, South African pianist and producer Bokani Dyer shares songs from his "anti-genre" recording World Music - plus his favorite Bach jam from the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Segment produced by Josh Landes.

Lizz Wright at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival

June 21, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Lizz Wright on The Checkout

Before her performance at this year's Cape Town International Jazz Festival, singer Lizz Wright sits down with Simon Rentner to talk about her new album, Freedom and Surrender (Concord). She talks about singing music composed by her friend Toshi Reagon, taking on Nick Drake's Riverman, and more.

Lizz Wright performs at Ridgefield Playhouse this Saturday!

Oran Etkin Reimagines Benny Goodman

June 9, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Oran Etkin with his clarinet

Clarinetist and composer Oran Etkin discusses his debut for Motema, "What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman" with guest producer Lydia Liebman. 

King: We Are King

April 25, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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A dream soul trio from LA present their auspicious debut We Are King. This all-woman group, as their name may not suggest, has already received royal accolades in the pop realm including from Erykah Badu, ?uestlove, Robert Glasper, and even the late Prince himself.

Esperanza Spalding on Hal Crook

March 28, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding talks about her mentor, Berklee professor Hal Crook, followed by her performance with the Hal Crook Alumni Sextet at the Berklee Performance Center, February 18th, 2016.

Wax & Wane: Brandee Younger

March 14, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Brandee Younger

Brandee Younger is redefining her instrument for 21st Century. She pays respect to the original Afro-Harpist Dorothy Ashby with her recording Wax & Wane plus shares music from her indie hip hop collaborations with Mack Wilds and Common.

Chris Dingman: The Subliminal and the Sublime

March 2, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Chris Dingman

Vibraphonist and composer Chris Dingman meditates on the natural beauty of Pinnacles National Park in California with his recording The Subliminal and the Sublime.

Shai Maestro's Untold Stories

January 26, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Shai Maestro

As a young man Shai Maestro had a decision to make: become an elite fighter pilot for the Israeli air force or become a virtuoso jazz piano player. The pianist shares his Untold Stories which is also the name of his recording.

Shai Maestro plays the Gesu at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Thursday June 30th