Chris Potter "Sirens" Live

March 12, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Tenor saxophonist Chris Potter's "Sirens" quartet plays music inspired by Homer's Odyssey at New York's Village Vanguard on February 6, 2013 with Ethan Iverson, piano, Larry Grenadier, bass and Eric Harland, drums.

Photo credit: John Rogers for WBGO/NYC

Miguel Zenon "Identities"

March 12, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon performs selections from his "Identities Are Changeable" suite at New York's Village Vanguard with Luis Perdomo on piano, Hans Glawischnig, bass and Henry Cole, drums on May 15, 2013.

Zenón performs the suite with multimedia projections on March 20, 2015 at New York's Hostos Center, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx.

Photo credit: John Rogers for WBGO/NPR

Rudresh Mahanthappa: "Bird Calls"

March 5, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa talks with Simon Rentner about Bird Calls, his CD homage to Charlie Parker.

Bassist-singer Katie Thiroux Live at Berklee

February 11, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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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
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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
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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.

Revive Big Band Live at Berklee

January 21, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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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
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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
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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
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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.