Will Sessions: Fusion On The Checkout

May 8, 2016 by Stevan Smith
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Band members posing in a white room.

Funk, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Fusion, and more are the tools in which the Detroit band Will Sessions captivates audiences. We present samples of their work, presented by guest host Stevan "Vegas" Smith.

For more on Will Sessions: will-sessions.squarespace.com

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Ray Angry's Favorite Jazz In Pop

March 10, 2016 by Simon Rentner
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Ray Angry

One of the most versatile men in jazz, pianist and producer Ray Angry explores the other side of this music as it's manifested in some of his favorite pop tunes by The Roots, Stevie Wonder, Don Blackman, Sting, and more.

Rudresh Mahanthappa wins 2015 NPR Music Critics Poll

December 30, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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Rudresh Mahanthappa

Rudresh Mahanthappa tied for first place in the 2015 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll compiled by writer Francis Davis. The alto saxophonist talks about his victory, Bird Calls, a recording he calls a "blissful devotion" to Charlie Parker. Mahanthappa also shares his favorite recordings this year, music by Cecile McLorin Salvant, Rez Abassi, Liberty Ellman, and Amir ElSaffar.

2015 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll with Patrick Jarenwattananon

December 30, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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Maria Schneider

The critics have voted. The ballots are counted. The results of the 2015 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll are here.  A Blog Supreme's Patrick Jarenwattananon talks about its findings and shares some of its highlights, including music by Maria Schneider, Kamasi Washington, Arturo O'Farrill, Hiatus Kiayote, Mary Halvorson, and more.

See the poll results here.

Mike Reed: Chicago Jazz & A New Kind Of Dance

September 9, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Drummer Mike Reed, chairman of The Chicago Jazz Festival, talks about the 50th anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and A New Kind of Dance, the latest release by his band People, Places and Things.

Reed also runs one of Chicago’s best venues for experimental music,  Constellation.

Ashley Kahn on Miles Davis At Newport

August 4, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Author Ashley Kahn talks with Simon Rentner about the sixtieth anniversary of trumpeter Miles Davis's first appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival.

The anniversary is commemorated by a new box set of recordings of Davis's appearances at Newport from 1955 to 1975.

William Parker Remembers Ornette Coleman

July 9, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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Ornette Coleman

Some of bassist William Parker's first jazz recordings were of Ornette Coleman. He shares the music that changed his life.

William Parker's Martin Luther King Project Part 6: "Fire Flower" appears this Friday, July 10th at The Vision Festival.

NPR's Patrick Jarenwattananon On 2014's Best

December 31, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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The brainiest blogger in jazz, A Blog Supreme's Patrick Jarenwattananon, reviews NPRMusic's annual critics' poll of the best jazz CDs and trades notes with The Checkout on our own personal favorites for the year.

George Wein: 2014 Newport Preview

July 30, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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George Wein, pianist and founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, reviews his career and previews the acts at this year's fest with Tim Wilkins.

The Newport Jazz Festival will be held at Fort Adams State Park in Rhode Island August 1-3, 2014.

Montreal Jazz Fest 2014: Canada Jazz with David Ryshpan

July 9, 2014 by Simon Rentner
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The pianist and disc-jockey shares music from some of his favorite modern Canadian jazz artists -- the Doxas Brothers, Jérôme Beaulieu, Rich Brown, Kenny Wheeler, and Field Trip -- with WBGO's Simon Rentner at the Montreal Jazz Festival.