Vocalist and bandleader Michael Mwenso's unique voice draws upon his roots in Sierra Leone, his tenure as an emcee at Ronnie Scott's in London, and many destinations (and record collections) in between. Bringing the charisma of James Brown and the theatricality of Broadway to his expression of jazz, Michael Mwenso and the Shakes join Simon Rentner for a live in-studio performance and interview. Produced by Cory Goldberg. Music mix: David Tallacksen.
Don't miss his new residency at Harlem's Ginny's Supper Club.
Watch his WBGO Studio Session here.
Michael Mwenso: vocals
Vuyo Sotashe: vocals
Mathis Picard: piano
Kyle Poole: drums
Russell Hall: bass
Two of David Bowie's last band members, saxophonist Donny McCaslin and pianist Jason Lindner, visit our studios to celebrate the British rockstar's final album Blackstar, a recording that features some of the finest New York jazz-trained musicians. McCaslin and Lindner give us a unique duo performance.
Master accordionist and singer from the Galicia region of Spain performs at Berklee College of Music. His Trio Plus One features Chris Cheek (sax), Carlo De Rosa (bass), and Vince Cherico (drums). Recorded at Cafe 939's Red Room on November 4th, 2015.
Watch a video of his performance of Six Note Samba here.
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane plays live at New York's Village Vanguard with David Virelles, piano,
Dezron Douglas, bass, and Johnathan Blake, drums on October 2, 2013.
Photo credit: John Rogers for WBGO/NPR
Chilean-born singer Camila Meza performs live at WBGO with her quartet of Shai Maestro on piano, Matt Penman on bass and drummer Eric Doob.
Pianist Jamie Cullum plays excerpts from his Blue Note album "Interlude" live at WBGO, and talks about the songs of Sufjan Stevens.
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.
Guitarists Nels Cline and Julian Lage (pictured) perform selections from their album Room live at WBGO and talk with Simon Rentner.
Photo: Tim Wilkins
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