BadBadNotGood: "Sour Soul"

June 25, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Members of the band BadBadNotGood talk with Simon Rentner about their collaborations with rapper Ghostface Killah and other hip-hop artists.

BadBadNotGood perform with Ghostface Killah at the Montreal International Jazz Festival July 4 at 8:30 p.m.

Jaga Jazzist: "Starfire"

June 25, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Saxophonist Lars Horntveth talks with Simon Rentner about the 20th anniversary of his band, Norway's Jaga Jazzist, and their album "Starfire."

Jaga Jazzist performs at the Montreal International Jazz Festival June 29 at 10 p.m.

Hiatus Kaiyote: "Choose Your Weapon"

June 16, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Singer Nai Palm (pictured) and other members of the Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote talk with Simon Rentner about their album "Choose Your Weapon."

Kamasi Washington: The Epic

June 15, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Saxophonist Kamasi Washington talks with Simon Rentner about his 2015 3-CD release The Epic,  his ten-piece band, the West Coast Get Down, and the L.A. jazz scene.

The album's release was celebrated at  L.A.'s Regent Theater with the band, a choir, strings and guest musicians, in a live broadcast for NPRMusic and WBGO's Jazz Night In America.

Makaya McCraven: "In The Moment"

June 12, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Flying Lotus: "You're Dead!"

June 5, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Electronic musician, producer and DJ Steven Ellison, also known as Flying Lotus, talks with Simon Rentner about his album "You're Dead!," the Los Angeles jazz scene and saxophonist Kamasi Washington's "The Epic," which Ellison released on his label, Brainfeeder.

Flying Lotus performs Sunday, June 7 at the Governors' Island Ball on Randalls' Island at 8 p.m., and at (le) Poisson Rouge in Manhattan at 11:30 p.m.

Snarky Puppy's Michael League: "Sylva"

May 27, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Bassist Michael League talks with Alex Ariff about his band Snarky Puppy and their new album Sylva, which features the Metropole Orkest.

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Charles Lloyd: "Wild Man Dance"

May 20, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Tenor saxophonist Charles Lloyd talks with Simon Rentner about being named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts and his album "Wild Man Dance."

Photo credit: Michael G. Stewart

NEA Jazz Master Carla Bley: "Dream Keeper"

May 13, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Pianist, composer and 2015 NEA Jazz Master Carla Bley talks with Simon Rentner about her career and Dream Keeper, her upcoming Blue Note album with the Liberation Music Orchestra which honors the group's founder, bassist Charlie Haden.

Eric Harland: "Vipassana"

May 5, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Drummer Eric Harland talks with Simon Rentner about his album Vipassana and band Voyager.

Photo credit: johnrogersnyc.com for WBGO