Bassist Vince Giordano leads his revival big band, The Nighthawks, in a special holiday concert. Recorded live at WBGO Dec. 10, 2014. Gary Walker hosts.
Vince Giordano (bandleader and bass/banjo/bass sax/vocals)
Bria Skonberg (trumpet)
Dan Levinson (clarinet/sax)
Jim Fryer (trombone)
Peter Yarin [piano]
Molly Ryan (vocals)
Giordano & The Nighthawks perform "Gotham Holiday Swing" at New York's Town Hall on Dec. 17 at 8 p.m.
Photo credit: Tim Wilkins
Pianist Sam Harris plays selections from his CD "Interludes" and other music live in WBGO's Studio B with Craig Weinrib on drums and Martin Nevin, bass.
Photo credit: Bob Doran
South African pianist Kyle Shepherd (pictured) and drummer Kesivan Naidoo play live and talk with Simon Rentner about their homeland's musical and cultural heritage.
This concert was recorded by WBGO's David Tallacksen at Yamaha Artist Services in New York on November 14, 2014.
Argentine composer Guillermo Klein leads an eighteen-piece group of students and members of his "Los Guachos" group live at the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 in Boston.
Trumpeter Terence Blanchard and pianist Fabian Almazán play Ivan Lins's "Nocturne" and the blues live at WBGO and talk with Bill Daughtry about their collaborations, which include Blanchard's 2013 album Magnetic.
The Johannesburg sextet UHADI performs live at WBGO and talks with Rhonda Hamilton, with Sibongile Khumalo on vocals, McCoy Mrubata on saxophone, Feya Faku on trumpet, Paul Hanmer on piano, Herbie Tsoaeli on bass and Justin Badenhorst on drums.
This segment is part of a special "Ubuntu" edition of The Checkout. "Ubuntu is a monthlong festival of the music & arts of South Africa, which runs at Carnegie Hall and other venues around New York through Nov. 5.
Randy Ingram brings his band to WBGO's performance studio in celebration of his recording "Sky/Lift." The pianist speaks to Josh Jackson. Listen to some of his other tracks here.