Tigran Hamasyan: "Mockroot"

April 14, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Pianist Tigran Hamasyan talks with Simon Rentner about his debut Nonesuch album "Mockroot," which explores his Armenian musical heritage.

Photo credit: Maeve Stam

Drummer Claude Cozens: "Jubilee Jam"

April 9, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Drummer Claude Cozens talks with Giovanni Russonello at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival about his trio CD "Jubilee Jam" and the state of jazz in South Africa.

Photo credit: Ignatius Mokone

Bassist Carlo Mombelli: "Stories"

April 3, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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South African bassist Carlo Mombelli talks with Simon Rentner at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival about his CD "Stories.

Click to hear more music from the Cape Town Jazz Festival.

Photo credit: Reza Khota

Benjamin Jephta: "The Homecoming"

April 3, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner talks with 22-year-old South African bassist Benjamin Jephta about his CD, "Homecoming," at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

Click to hear more music from the 2015 Cape Town Jazz Festival.

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.