Matt Stevens, The Nighthawks, Walter Smith III

December 17, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Guitarist Matt Stevens' quintet live at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Vince Giordano's Nighthawks live at WBGO and saxophonist Walter Smith III's surprising inspirations.

Blue Note's "Our Point Of View": Was, Hodge & Akinmusire

December 10, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Blue Note Records' president Don Was, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and bassist Derrick Hodge talk about their music and the future of the iconic jazz label.

Akinmusire and Hodge are members of "Our Point Of View," a Blue Note supergroup with Marcus Strickland on saxophone, Robert Glasper on piano, Lionel Loueke on guitar, Marcus Strickland on saxophone and Kendrick Scott on drums.

The group performs Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at New York's Le Poisson Rouge in a benefit concert for WBGO.

Drummer Otis Brown III, Pianist Sam Harris's Trio Live

December 3, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Drummer Otis Brown's talks with Simon Rentner about the inspirations for his Blue Note debut, and Sam Harris's trio performs "Interludes" live at WBGO.

South African Duo, Scott & Strickland's Our Point Of View"

November 26, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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South African drummer Kevin Naidoo & pianist Kyle Shepherd play live, and saxophonist Marcus Strickland and drummer Kendrick Scott talk about their Blue Note Records supergroup's East Coast debut. The group, "Our Point Of View," also features keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarist Lionel Loueke, and bassist Derrick Hodge, and was created to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records.

"Out Point Of View" performs at New York's Le Poisson Rouge on December 12 at 7:30 p.m., in their only East Coast appearance. The concert is a benefit for WBGO.

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Klein, Gurvich & Wolf Lead Groups Live At Berklee

November 18, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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It's an All-Berklee extravaganza, as composer Guillermo Klein, saxophonist Uri Gurvich and vibraphonist Warren Wolf return to their alma mater to lead ensembles live at the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 in Boston.

Blanchard & Almazán, Holophonor, Croker & Bridgewater

November 11, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Trumpeter Terence Blanchard plays with pianist Fabian Almazán, the Holophonor ensemble of Monk Institute alums play songs from their self-titled debut CD, and trumpeter Theo Croker visits WBGO with singer Dee Dee Bridgewater to talk about Afro Physicist, his DDB/OKeh debut CD, which Bridgewater produced.

Martha High & Fred Wesley, Jochen Rueckert, Ches Smith

October 29, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Two veterans of James Brown's band - trombonist Fred Wesley and singer Martha High, and two experimental drummers - Jochen Rueckert and Ches Smith - join us on The Checkout.

South Africa's UHADI, Masekela, & Ibrahim

October 23, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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We celebrate 20 years since the end of apartheid in South Africa with a special "Ubuntu" version of the Checkout, with Johannesburg supergroup UHADI live at WBGO, and interviews with trumpeter Hugh Masekela, and pianist Abdullah Ibrahim.

"Ubuntu" is a monthlong celebration of the arts & music of South Africa at Carnegie Hall and other venues around New York, which runs through Nov. 5.

George Clinton, Quincy Jones, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett

October 16, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Funk pioneer George Clinton, producer Quincy Jones & film director Alan Hicks, and Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga on their album of jazz duets.

Bill Frisell & Kris Bowers

October 8, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Bill Frisell takes us on a tour of "GUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE!" and pianist Kris Bowers performs live at WBGO and talks with Simon Rentner.