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Ted Nash’s Chakra suite explores natural energy, Melissa Aldana takes a jazz journey from Chile and Diego Urcola drinks Yerba Maté on this week’s show.
Trumpeter, flugelhornist and composer Diego Urcola talks with Josh Jackson about his new album Mates, a series of musical exchanges inspired by the South American tradition of sharing a gourd of Yerba Maté.
Saxophonist and composer Ted Nash talks with Josh Jackson about his new suite for large ensemble and album Chakra, which draws inspirations from the Ayurvedic tradition of energy-based healing.
Tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana talks with Josh Jackson about winning the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, her musical experiences in Chile and the United States and approaches to collaboration and composition.
Bandleader Arturo O’Farrill, Cuban pianist Aruan Ortiz and Brian Jackson’s tribute to Gil Scott-Heron on this week’s show.
Brian Jackson talks with Simon Rentner about his new Motema album Evolutionary Minded, which draws on and celebrates his long collaboration with Gil Scott-Heron, a founding father of the spoken word and hip-hop movements.
Pianist Aruan Ortiz talks with Josh Jackson about his “Santiarican Blues Suite,” which draws on the Tumba Francesa tradition of Haitian rhythms and dance in Cuba.
Pianist, composer and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill talks with Josh Jackson about his Zoho album Final Night At Birdland, which captures the final performance of the Chico O’Farrill Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra at New York’s Birdland nightclub. Arturo led the band, which was founded by his father, for ten years after Chico’s death in 2001.
Bassist Jack Bruce and guitarist Vernon Reid on their Tony Williams tribute, Spectrum Road, Newport founder George Wein on the future of jazz and pianist Jonathan Batiste unlocks The Star Spangled Banner on this week’s show.
Bassist Jack Bruce and guitarist Vernon Reid talk with Josh Jackson about Spectrum Road, their Tony Williams tribute band and Palmetto album with Cindy Blackman on drums and John Medeski on keyboards.