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.
Author Ashley Kahn talks with Simon Rentner about the sixtieth anniversary of trumpeter Miles Davis's first appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Some of bassist William Parker's first jazz recordings were of Ornette Coleman. He shares the music that changed his life.
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.
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.
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!