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.
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.
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.
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.
Antonio Adolfo plays bossa nova with Hendrik Meurkens and Carol Saboya; Kavita Shah blends South Asia, Latin America and Africa on her new CD, Visions; and Andrew D'Angelo and Jennifer Leitham perform at Philly's first LGBT jazz festival, OutBeat.
Gregory Porter sings in the rain, Italian pianist Stefano Bollani matches wits with Brazilian mandolinist Hamilton de Holanda, and saxophonist Miguel Zenon explores the future of Puerto Rican-ness with his "Identities Are Changeable" suite, live from the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.