Composer Alexis Cuadrado celebrates his new album Poetica, a marriage of multilingual poetry and jazz featuring poets Rowan Ricardo Phillips and Melcion Mateu. Plus, the bassist shares his score for Charlie Chaplin's The Immigrant (1917) and reflects on the silent film's relevance in the age of Trump.
Watch its live performance at The New School University Center from April 27 2015, here.
Assistant producer: Sarah Geledi.
The multi-faceted guitarist Jeff Parker brings sounds from his latest releases -- his jazz/hip-hop project The New Breed, Tortoise's newest album The Catastrophist, and a duo with Rob Mazurek. Recorded at the Chicago Jazz Festival.
This French-Lebanese jazz trumpeter bridges worlds together. He may be a superstar overseas --appearing in cameos with Sting, Mali pop singers Amadou & Mariam -- but here in the States he's just getting started. Maalouf plays a four-valve trumpet, custom designed by his father, which allows him to explore both Eastern and Western modes in music. He talks about that, plus his musical tribute to Oum Kalthoum, the legendary feminist Arabic singer of the 20th century.
Drummer, vocalist, and winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Jamison Ross talks about his debut album "Jamison" (Concord), his favorite drummers, and touring with Snarky Puppy.
Saxophonist Marcus Strickland talks about his Blue Note Records debut Nihil Novi, which means "nothing new," an album produced by Meshell Ndegeocello. Plus, music from the Blue Note 75 Band featuring Robert Glasper, Lionel Loueke, Kendrick Scott, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Derrick Hodge. Recorded at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
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Gaia stands for Mother Earth in Greek mythology and it's the name of Lionel Loueke's latest Blue Note offering. The guitarist sits down with Simon Rentner at the Montreal International Jazz Festival to talk about his listening habits growing up in West Africa, from Jimi Hendrix to Mariam Makeba, plus he shares his favorite all-time Herbie Hancock composition.
Alto saxophonist Terrace Martin may be better known in the hip-hop game as a producer for Kendrick Lamar's blockbuster recordings. Here we listen to his jazz side on his recording Velvet Portraits featuring Kamasi Washington, Rose Gold, The Emotions, and more. He shares that music plus his love for Q-Tip and Tribe Called Quest at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Assistant Producer: Sarah Geledi.
Terrace Martin plays with Herbie Hancock in Prospect Park's Bandshell August 11th.
Renaud Garcia-Fons knows no boundaries in his pursuit of musical perfection - his efforts to reapproach and redefine the bass has taken him to the heights of jazz innovation. Michael Bourne sat down with him at the Montreal International Jazz Festival to talk about the inspiration behind the craft.
Botswana-raised, South African pianist and producer Bokani Dyer shares songs from his "anti-genre" recording World Music - plus his favorite Bach jam from the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Segment produced by Josh Landes.
Before her performance at this year's Cape Town International Jazz Festival, singer Lizz Wright sits down with Simon Rentner to talk about her new album, Freedom and Surrender (Concord). She talks about singing music composed by her friend Toshi Reagon, taking on Nick Drake's Riverman, and more.
Lizz Wright performs at Ridgefield Playhouse this Saturday!