Randy Ingram, Oran Etkin, Steve Lehman

January 28, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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Pianist Randy Ingram and his band perform in-studio in celebration of his recording "Sky/Lift," Oran Etkin travels the globe "Gathering Light," and Steve Lehman's spectral-jazz octet "Mise en Abime."

Cline & Lage Duo Live, Revive Big Band at Berklee

January 21, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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It's an all-live special, as Guitarists Nels Cline & Julian Lage duet at WBGO, and Igmar Thomas's Revive Big Band tears up the Berklee College of Music's Café 939 in Boston.

Pianist Aaron Goldberg's "The Now," Marquis Hill Blacktet Live

January 14, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Pianist Aaron Goldberg explores the moment that makes jazz arise on The Now, and Monk Competition-winning trumpeter Marquis Hill leads his Blacktet ensemble live at WBGO.

WJF Preview: Branciforte, Pirog, Sa Moraes

January 7, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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It's a New York Winter Jazz Fest preview with The Celllar and Point's Joseph Branciforte, guitarist Anthony Pirog, and Brazilian Explorative Music curator and singer Pedro Sa Moraes.

Lehman, Jarenwattananon & Rentner's "Best Of" 2014 CDs

December 31, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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Saxophonist Steve Lehman & NPR's Patrick Jarenwattananon join The Checkout's Simon Rentner to pick the best CDs of 2014.

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.