Shai Maestro's Untold Stories

January 26, 2016 by Simon Rentner
Filed under New Music


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
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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

Justefan on Blacktet & McCraven

September 9, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Justin Thomas

Justin “Justefan” Thomas is a professional vibraphonist and "just a fan" of music. 

He talks with Simon Rentner about performing at the 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival with Makaya McCraven’s In The Moment and Marquis Hill’s Blacktet.

Enrico Rava: "Wild Dance"

September 1, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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enrico rava

Trumpeter Enrico Rava shares music from his latest ECM release Wild Dance.  Rava, one of Italy’s most important cultural exports, reflects on his unorthodox entry to the music, witnessing Miles Davis and Lester Young together during a 1956 European concert tour. 

This interview was recorded at the 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Mario Castro: "Estrella de Mar"

August 13, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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mario castro

Puerto Rican saxophonist Mario Castro talks about his new album, "Estrella de Mar," which honors his father with a suite for voices and strings.

The album features Castro's group with Josh Shpak on trumpet, Tamir Shmerling, bass, KyuMin Shim, piano, and Jonathan Pinson, drums, as well as David Sanchez on tenor saxophone and Casey Benjamin on vocoder.

The strings are Kailey Shaffer, violin, Fung Chern, violin, Allyson Clare, viola, and Brian Sanders, cello.

Alex Ariff produced this segment.

Erik Deutsch: "Outlaw Jazz"

August 13, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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erik deutsch

Pianist Erik Deutsch talks with guest producer Kyle Eagle about the intersection of country and jazz on his album "Outlaw Jazz," which features his adaptations of Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, and his own compositions.