Bassist-singer Katie Thiroux Live at Berklee

February 11, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Featured, Live, New Music


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Bassist-singer Katie Thiroux performs music from her debut CD live at Café 939 of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Thiroux received a Presidential Scholarship at Berklee in 2007.

Thiroux's performance was part of WBGO's monthly series of live video webcasts which feature distinguished Berklee alumni. Watch the full video of her performance here.

David Virelles: "Mboko"

February 5, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Featured, New Music


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Pianist David Virelles talks with Simon Rentner about his ECM album Mboko,  inspired by the music of religious rituals in his native Cuba.

Photo credit: John Rogers for WBGO/NPR

Oran Etkin's "Gathering Light"

January 28, 2015 by Simon Rentner
Filed under New Music


Oran Etkin travels the globe -- West Africa, Middle East, and Indonesia -- collecting sounds for his recording "Gathering Light" (Motema).  The clarinetist speaks to WBGO's Tim Wilkins.

Revive Big Band Live at Berklee

January 21, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Featured, New Music


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Trumpeter Igmar Thomas leads his hip-hop inflected Revive Big Band live in Boston at his alma mater, the Berklee College of Music, at their Café 939.

Marquis Hill Blacktet Live At WBGO

January 14, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Featured, New Music


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Trumpeter Marquis Hill performs selections from his album "Modern Flows" live at WBGO with his Blacktet ensemble, and talks with Simon Rentner. Hill is the 2014 winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

Guitarist Anthony Pirog: "Palo Colorado Dream"

January 7, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Featured, New Music


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Guitarist Anthony Pirog talks about his CD "Palo Colorado Dream," which was inspired by childhood memories of northern California's rocky landscape.

Anthony Pirog performs at New York Winter Jazz Fest in the early morning of Sunday, Jan. 11 at 12:45 a.m. at Carroll Place, 157 Bleecker Street.

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

Joseph Branciforte: The Cellar And Point

January 7, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
Filed under Featured, New Music


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Multi-instrumentalist and sound designer Joseph Branciforte talks with Simon Rentner about the album "Ambit," which features the "garage chamber music" of his group The Cellar And Point.

The Cellar And Point performs at New York Winter Jazz Fest in the early morning of Saturday,  Jan. 10 at 1:15 a.m. at The Players theater, 115 MacDougal Street.

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