King: We Are King

April 25, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under New Music


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.

Jason Moran's Salute to Cecil Taylor

December 16, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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Jason Moran

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.

Jacob Garchik's Ye Olde

December 7, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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Jacob Garchik

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.

The Bridge Trio: The Search

November 30, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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The Bridge Trio

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.

Joyce Moreno

October 29, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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Joyce Moreno

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.

Vijay Iyer: "Break Stuff"

September 22, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Featured, New Music

vijay iyer

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