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 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.
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.
Vibraphonist and composer Chris Dingman meditates on the natural beauty of Pinnacles National Park in California with his recording The Subliminal and the Sublime.
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.
Pianist Jason Moran honors one the greatest experimentalists of the 20th century: Cecil Taylor. Moran selects some of his favorite Taylor recordings including a Cole Porter song and duo with Mary Lou Williams. Moran also pays tribute to him in concert, a solo performance captured at Harlem Stage.
The trombonist and composer's Jacob Garchik's adventure into fictional medieval Brooklyn with his recording Ye Olde. Recorded at the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival.
Keyboardist Conun Pappas, bassist Max Moran, and drummer Joe Dyson are The Bridge Trio. The young innovative collective from New Orleans presents music from their debut recording The Search: Departure. Recorded at the 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Formally known has Joyce, the second-generation bossa nova guitarist and singer talks about her early recordings, creating music under a brutal Brazilian dictatorship, and the hidden feminist meaning behind many of her controversial songs. Recorded at the 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Pianist Vijay Iyer, voted “jazz artist of the year” by the 2015 Downbeat International Critics Poll, shares music from his latest ECM recording Break Stuff, with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore.
Break Stuff is available as a premium to those who pledge to support WBGO during our Fall Fund Drive.
The pianist creates a composition inspired by minimalist Detroit techno producer DJ Robert Hood, and Then he shares his thoughts about Billy Strayhorn’s emotionally-crushing last tune, "Blood Count."
This interview was recorded at the 2015 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.
Photo credit: Barbara Rigon