Bassist and singer/songwriter Thundercat and drummer Claude Cozens talk with The Checkout at the 16th annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
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.
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.
It's three female singers, in three cities - Gretchen Parlato in NYC, Camila Meza in Newark, and Katie Thiroux in Boston - this week. What do they have in common? It's all live, and it's all for you.
It's an all-piano inspirations special, with new music from Jean-Michel Pilc and David Virelles, and Jamie Cullum's "Interludes" live at WBGO.
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 explores the moment that makes jazz arise on The Now, and Monk Competition-winning trumpeter Marquis Hill leads his Blacktet ensemble live at WBGO.
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.
Saxophonist Steve Lehman & NPR's Patrick Jarenwattananon join The Checkout's Simon Rentner to pick the best CDs of 2014.