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.

Tenor Madness: Mark Turner, Walter Smith III, Odean Pope, Pharoah Sanders

October 1, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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It's Tenor Madness on The Checkout, with new albums from Mark Turner and Walter Smith III, and Odean Pope with Pharoah Sanders about their saxophone choirs and other collaborations.

Antonio Adolfo, Kavita Shah, OutBeat Jazz Fest

September 24, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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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.

Randy Ingram, Oran Etkin, Steve Lehman

August 20, 2014 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."

The Checkout: August 12, 2014 (Newport Highlights #2)

August 12, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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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.

The Checkout: August 5, 2014 (Newport Highlights #1)

August 6, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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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.

The Checkout: July 29, 2014 (Newport 2014 Preview)

July 30, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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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.

The Checkout: July 7, 2014 (Montreal Jazz Fest Edition Part II)

July 9, 2014 by Simon Rentner
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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.