Ibrahim Maalouf

September 29, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Ibrahim Maalouf

This French-Lebanese jazz artist may be a superstar overseas, but here in the States he's just getting started.  The (four-valve) trumpeter and composer talks about his recent recordings Kalthoum and Red & Black Light, plus his many collaborations with artists Amadou and Miriam, Sting, and Oxmo Puccino.

Maalouf celebrates Eygptian superstar singer Oum Kalthoum in concert Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room.

Jamison Ross

September 15, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Jamison Ross

Drummer, vocalist, and winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Jamison Ross talks about his debut album "Jamison" (Concord), his favorite drummers, and touring with Snarky Puppy.

Nihil Novi: Marcus Strickland

September 1, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Marcus Strickland

Saxophonist Marcus Strickland talks about his Blue Note Records debut Nihil Novi, which means "nothing new," an album produced by Meshell Ndegeocello. Plus, music from the Blue Note 75 Band featuring Robert Glasper, Lionel Loueke, Kendrick Scott, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Derrick Hodge. Recorded at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
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Lionel Loueke on Rock, Montreal, & Herbie

August 2, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Lionel Loueke

Gaia stands for Mother Earth in Greek mythology and it's the name of Lionel Loueke's latest Blue Note offering. The guitarist sits down with Simon Rentner at the Montreal International Jazz Festival to talk about his listening habits growing up in West Africa, from Jimi Hendrix to Mariam Makeba, plus he shares his favorite all-time Herbie Hancock composition.

Lionel Loueke plays Celebrate Brooklyn's Prospect Park Bandshell with Herbie Hancock Thursday, August 11th.

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.