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.
New Orleans pianist Jon Batiste's Stay Human band plays live, and Darcy James Argue's Secret Society premieres a new big band suite at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival. We also remember hard bop composer and pianist Horace Silver, who passed away June 11, 2014, with an interview and audio memorial hosted by Gary Walker.
We preview the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival with George Wein, the festival's founder, members of the festival band Mostly Other People Do The Killing, and remember bassist Charlie Haden, who passed away July 11, 2014.
On the scene of the 2014 Montreal Jazz Festival: Tom Harrell thinks of melodies in his dreams, and shares his appreciation for Debussy, Rubin Kodheli, and Horace Silver. Pianist David Ryshpan gives us a playlist of modern Canadian jazz. And Toronto's BADBADNOTGOOD's internet stardom.