Trumpeter, Composer, and Arranger Theo Croker's latest release "Escape Velocity" is a perfect example of where jazz is, has been, and will be. We feature some of his work, presented by guest host Vegas.
For more on Theo Croker: TheoCroker.com
Detroit rapper and producer Black Milk collaborates with Washington D.C. based band Nat Turner for their debut release "The Rebellion Sessions," a Jazz Funk opus that was recorded over the span of one week. We present samples of their work, presented by guest host Steve "Vegas" Smith.
For more on Black Milk & Nat Turner: Blackmilk.biz
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
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 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.
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.
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.