Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks Live At WBGO

December 16, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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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

Sam Harris Live At WBGO

December 3, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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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 Africa's Kesivan Naidoo & Kyle Shepherd Live

November 26, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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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.

Shepherd and Naidoo are among the artists featured during WBGO's trip to South Africa March 20-30, 2015. 

Guillermo Klein's "Los Guachos" And More Live At Berklee

November 18, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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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.

Terence Blanchard & Fabian Almazan Live At WBGO

November 11, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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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.

South Africa's UHADI Live At WBGO

October 23, 2014 by Tim Wilkins
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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.

Antonio Adolfo, Carol Saboya & Hendrik Meurkens

September 24, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Rio de Janeiro pianist Antonio Adolfo talks with Tim Wilkins and plays bossa nova songs, old and new, in the WBGO studios with Carol Saboya on vocals and Hendrik Meurkens on harmonica.

Randy Ingram In-Studio: "Sky/Lift"

August 20, 2014 by Simon Rentner
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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.

Gregory Porter Live at Newport 2014

August 12, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Vocalist Gregory Porter sings songs from his albums Water, Be Good, and Liquid Spirit live on the main stage at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.

Jon Batiste And Stay Human Live At Newport 2014

August 6, 2014 by Joshua Jackson
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Pianist Jon Batiste's Stay Human Band plays gospel and New Orleans grooves live from the main stage at the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.