Snarky Puppy's Michael League: "Sylva"

May 27, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Bassist Michael League talks with Alex Ariff about his band Snarky Puppy and their new album Sylva, which features the Metropole Orkest.

Charles Lloyd: "Wild Man Dance"

May 20, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd talks with Simon Rentner about being named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts and his album "Wild Man Dance."

Photo credit: Michael G. Stewart

NEA Jazz Master Carla Bley: "Dream Keeper"

May 13, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Pianist, composer and 2015 NEA Jazz Master Carla Bley talks with Simon Rentner about her career and Dream Keeper, her upcoming Blue Note album with the Liberation Music Orchestra which honors the group's founder, bassist Charlie Haden.

Eric Harland: "Vipassana"

May 5, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Drummer Eric Harland talks with Simon Rentner about his album Vipassana and band Voyager.

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Our Point Of View Live: Glasper, Akinmusire, Loueke, Strickland

April 22, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Pianist Robert Glasper, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarist Lionel Loueke and saxophonist Marcus Strickland perform solos and original compositions as part of the "Our Point of View" concert celebrating Blue Note Records' 75th anniversary at New York's (le) Poisson Rouge on December 12, 2014.

Tigran Hamasyan: "Mockroot"

April 14, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Pianist Tigran Hamasyan talks with Simon Rentner about his debut Nonesuch album "Mockroot," which explores his Armenian musical heritage.

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Drummer Claude Cozens: "Jubilee Jam"

April 9, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Drummer Claude Cozens talks with Giovanni Russonello at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival about his trio CD "Jubilee Jam" and the state of jazz in South Africa.

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Bassist Carlo Mombelli: "Stories"

April 3, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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South African bassist Carlo Mombelli talks with Simon Rentner at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival about his CD "Stories.

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Benjamin Jephta: "The Homecoming"

April 3, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner talks with 22-year-old South African bassist Benjamin Jephta about his CD, "Homecoming," at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

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Chris Potter "Sirens" Live

March 12, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Tenor saxophonist Chris Potter's "Sirens" quartet plays music inspired by Homer's Odyssey at New York's Village Vanguard on February 6, 2013 with Ethan Iverson, piano, Larry Grenadier, bass and Eric Harland, drums.

Photo credit: John Rogers for WBGO/NYC