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.

Walter Smith III: "Still Casual"

October 1, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
Filed under New Music


Tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III talks with Josh Jackson about his "elements of style" and approach to composition on his new album Still Casual.

Photo credit: Tim Wilkins

Kavita Shah: "Visions"

September 24, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
Filed under New Music


Kavita Shah performs live at WBGO with her "Visions" band and talks with Simon Rentner about her approach to music, which blends South Asian and African influences.

Shah performs with the "Visions" band at New York's Blue Note Jazz Club on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2014.

Oran Etkin's "Gathering Light"

August 20, 2014 by Simon Rentner
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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.

Bollani & de Holanda: "O Que Sera"

August 12, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Italian pianist Stefano Bollani and Brazilian mandolin player Hamilton de Holanda play duets from their ECM album O Que Sera and talk with Simon Rentner at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.

Miguel Zenon: "Identities Are Changeable"

August 12, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón plays a new orchestral suite that explores Puerto Rican-ness, "Identities Are Changeable," live on the main stage at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.

Darcy James Argue: "Tensile Curves"

August 6, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society premieres his new big band suite, "Tensile Curves," live on the main stage at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.

Mostly Other People Do The Killing: "Red Hot!"

July 30, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Bassist Moppa Elliott and pianist Ron Stabinsky from the band Mostly Other People Do The Killing talk with Simon Rentner about Red Hot!, their album which offers an ironic tour through early jazz.

The band appears at the Newport Jazz Festival's Harbor Stage on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.

Montreal Jazz Fest 2014: Toronto's BADBADNOTGOOD

July 9, 2014 by Simon Rentner
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The far-fetched story of Toronto jazz students becoming hip hop stars.  BADBADNOTGOOD speaks to WBGO's Simon Rentner at the 2014 Montreal Jazz Festival.