Lucas Pino: "The No-Net Nonet"

July 21, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Saxophonist Lucas Pino talks about his new recording and ensemble, both named "The No Net Nonet." The group appears regularly at New York's Smalls Jazz Club.

Mammal Hands: "Animalia"

July 18, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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The name of this trio from Norwich in the U.K. is Mammal Hands. Don't know them? You should. Simon Rentner talks to saxophonist Jordan Smart (pictured), pianist Nick Smart and drummer Jesse Barrett about their album "Animalia" at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Phronesis: "Life To Everything"

July 17, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner talks with bassist Jasper Hoiby (pictured), pianist Ivo Neame, and drummer Anton Eger from the group Phronesis about their album Life To Everything. They spoke at the 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Elizabeth Shepherd's "The Signal"

July 12, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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The Montreal-based singer/songwriter explains the motivation behind making her recording "The Signal."  The conversation takes place at the 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival with host Simon Rentner.

Saxophonist Joshua Redman Joins The Bad Plus

July 8, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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Joshua Redman joins Simon Rentner at the 2015 Montreal Jazz Festival.  Redman talks about about collaborating with The Bad Plus for their new recording on Nonesuch, plus shares his love for his hometown basketball team, The Golden State Warriors, now world champions.

BadBadNotGood: "Sour Soul"

June 25, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Members of the band BadBadNotGood talk with Simon Rentner about their collaborations with rapper Ghostface Killah and other hip-hop artists.

BadBadNotGood perform with Ghostface Killah at the Montreal International Jazz Festival July 4 at 8:30 p.m.

Norway's Jaga Jazzist Celebrates 20 Years

June 25, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Saxophonist Lars Horntveth talks with Simon Rentner about the 20th anniversary of his band, Norway's Jaga Jazzist, and their album "Starfire."

Jaga Jazzist performs at the Montreal International Jazz Festival June 29 at 10 p.m.

Hiatus Kaiyote: "Choose Your Weapon"

June 16, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Singer Nai Palm (pictured) and other members of the Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote talk with Simon Rentner about their album "Choose Your Weapon."

Kamasi Washington: The Epic

June 15, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Saxophonist Kamasi Washington talks with Simon Rentner about his 2015 3-CD release The Epic,  his ten-piece band, the West Coast Get Down, and the L.A. jazz scene.

The album's release was celebrated at  L.A.'s Regent Theater with the band, a choir, strings and guest musicians, in a live broadcast for NPRMusic and WBGO's Jazz Night In America.

Makaya McCraven: "In The Moment"

June 12, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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