Matthew Stevens Live at Berklee

December 16, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Berklee, Featured, New Music


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Guitarist Matthew Stevens performs live at the Berklee College of Music's Café 939 with pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Vicente Archer, drummer Eric Doob and percussionist Paulo Stagnaro.

Broadcast live by WBGO's The Checkout from Boston on April 2nd, 2014.

Photo credit: Michael Borgida

Derrick Hodge: "Live Today"

December 9, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Featured, New Music


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Bassist Derrick Hodge performs "Dances With Ancestors and "Gritty People" from his Blue Note debut CD, "Live Today," live at WBGO, and talks with Josh Jackson. With Travis Sayles on piano and keyboard, Mark Colenburg, drums and Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet.

Hodge appears in a benefit concert for WBGO on Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.  at New York's Le Poisson Rouge with Akinmusire, Marcus Strickland on saxophone, Robert Glasper keyboards, Lionel Loueke, guitar, and Kendrick Scott, drums.

Read more about Hodge's album, and this concert, here.

Photo credit: John Rogers

Otis Brown III: "The Thought Of You"

December 3, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Featured, New Music


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Drummer Otis Brown talks with Simon Rentner about his Blue Note CD debut, "The Thought Of You," which was in part inspired by Brown's godfather, soul and funk drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie.

Brown performed Wed., Dec. 3 at 9 p.m. with the Revive Big Band in The Checkout Live's live audio and video webcast from the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 in Boston.

Thanks to Jenna Ipcar and Kyle Eagle for their help producing this segment.

Photo credit: Deneka Peniston

Warren Wolf: "Wolfpack" Live

November 18, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Berklee, Featured, New Music


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Vibraphonist Warren Wolf's "Wolfpack" plays live at the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 in Boston with Tim Green on sax, Alex Brown, piano, Kris Funn, bass and Billy Williams Jr., drums.

Photo credit: Tim Wilkins

Uri Gurvich: "BabEl" Live at Berklee

November 18, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Berklee, Featured, New Music


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Israeli saxophonist Uri Gurvich's "BabEl" group plays live at the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 in Boston with Asen Doykin on piano, Peter Slavov on bass, and Ronen Itzik on drums.

Holophonor: Live At WBGO

November 11, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Featured, New Music


Holophonor members

Holophonor, a seven-piece ensemble of graduates of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, play live at WBGO and talk with Josh Jackson about their self-titled debut CD.

Holophonor is:

Josh Johnson, alto saxophone
Mike Cottone, trumpet
Eric Miller, trombone
Diego Urbano, vibraphone
Miro Sprague, piano
Dave Robaire, bass
Jonathan Pinson, drums

Photo credit: Xiomara Espinoza

Ches Smith: "Psycho Predictions"

October 29, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Featured, New Music


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Drummer Ches Smith talks with Simon Rentner about his CD "Psycho Predictions," and a wide range of projects in jazz and beyond with the group These Arches and others.

Jochen Rueckert: "We Make The Rules"

October 29, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Featured, New Music


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Drummer Jochen Rueckert talks with Josh Jackson about his CD "We Make The Rules" and the life of his alter ego Wolf Parkinson White, a composer and producer of electronica.

Photo credit: Tim Wilkins

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: "Cheek To Cheek"

October 15, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
Filed under Featured, New Music


Singers Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga talk with Michael Bourne about the roots of their unusual friendship and new album of duets, "Cheek To Cheek."

Kris Bowers: "Heroes & Misfits"

October 8, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
Filed under New Music

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Pianist Kris Bowers talks with Simon Rentner and performs compositions from his Concord album Heroes & Misfits live at WBGO in this two-part interview.

Bowers appears at New York's Blue Note Jazz Club on Oct. 15 with guitarist Nir Felder.