2015 Montreal Jazz Fest Special

June 27, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Wayne Shorter, Norway's Jaga Jazzist and Toronto's BadBadNotGood on this 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival special. 

Makaya McCraven, Haitus Kaiyote, Wes Montgomery

June 16, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner interviews Chicago drummer Makaya McCraven and the Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote. Vincent Pelote from Rutgers University's Institute for Jazz Studies interviews Zev Feldman, the producer of an album of newly discovered early tracks by guitarist Wes Montgomery.

Kamasi Washington, Flying Lotus

June 16, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner explores the Los Angeles jazz scene with two of its most creative contemporary musicians: DJ and producer Flying Lotus, and saxophonist Kamasi Washington.

South Africa's Melanie Scholtz, Snarky Puppy's Michael League

May 27, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner talks with South African vocalist Melanie Scholtz and rapper Jitsvinger; Alex Ariff talks with bassist Michael League about Snarky Puppy's new album "Sylva."

NEA Jazz Masters Charles Lloyd, George Coleman

May 20, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Tenor saxophonists Charles Lloyd and George Coleman talk with Simon Rentner about growing up in Memphis, their experiences with Miles Davis, Max Roach and many others, and being named Jazz Masters by the National Endowment for the Arts.

2015 NEA Jazz Masters Carla Bley, Joe Segal

May 13, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner talks with Joe Segal, founder of Chicago's Jazz Showcase, and composer Carla Bley about their careers. Both were named Jazz Masters by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2015

Drummer Eric Harland, bassist Reid Anderson

May 5, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Drummer Eric Harland and The Bad Plus bassist and composer Reid Anderson talk with Simon Rentner about their recent projects and new releases.

Thundercat, Claude Cozens In Cape Town

April 9, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Bassist and singer/songwriter Thundercat and drummer Claude Cozens talk with The Checkout at the 16th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

Cape Town Jazz Fest Special: Masekela, Jephta, Mombelli

April 3, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Simon Rentner travels to the Cape Town Jazz Festival to talk about the past, present and future of South African jazz with three of its greats: trumpeter Hugh Masekela, and bassists Carlo Mombelli and Benjamin Jephta.

MOPDTK's "Blue," Mahanthappa's "Bird Calls"

March 5, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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How do you honor the pinnacles of jazz achievement? Mostly Other People Do The Killing and saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa offer two invigorating, provocative, and very different, answers.