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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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.

The Best of 2014 NYC Winter Jazz Fest

January 7, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Josh Jackson previews performances at the tenth annual New York Winter Jazz Festival with Patrick Jarenwattananon of NPRMusic.org.

The Best Jazz Albums of 2013

January 3, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Josh Jackson reviews the best jazz albums of 2013 with Patrick Jarenwattananon of NPRMusic.org.

Mandela's Legacy In Music

December 18, 2013 by Joshua Jackson
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Etienne Shardlow, A South African radio personality and jazz host, talks with WBGO's Simon Rentner about music inspired by Nelson Mandela, the South African president and revolutionary who passed away December 5, 2013 at age 95. Farewell, Madiba!

Melissa Aldana: Five Saxophone Inspirations

October 2, 2013 by Joshua Jackson
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Tenorist and 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition winner Melissa Aldana talks with Josh Jackson about Don Byas, Mark Turner, and her other saxophone inspirations.

Playlist: Aaron Parks

April 30, 2013 by Joshua Jackson
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Aaron Parks shares a playlist with WBGO's Josh Jackson.  Hear selections from Lester Young, Aphex Twin, Bela Bartok, Gertrude Stein, Alice Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis.