The Checkout: June 24, 2014

June 25, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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The Checkout: June 24, 2014It’s a special preview of the 2014 Montreal International Jazz Festival with singer José James, drummer Jeff Ballard’s trio with Lionel Loueke and Miguel Zenón, and pianist Danilo Pérez’s “Panama 500″ project, with John Patitucci on bass and Brian Blade on drums, live at WBGO.

All of the artists in this edition of The Checkout perform during the 2014 Montreal International Jazz Festival, which runs June 26 through July 6.

Danilo Perez: “Panama 500″ Live at WBGO

June 25, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Danilo Perez: “Panama 500″ Live at WBGOPianist Danilo Perez plays excerpts from his “Panama 500″ suite live at WBGO with John Patitucci on bass and Brian Blade on drums, and they talk with Rhonda Hamilton about the project, and the shared influence saxophonist Wayne Shorter has had on their musical lives. The trio, all alumni of Shorter’s bands, perform together as “Children Of The Light.”

Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade perform together at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on June 28. 2014 at 10 p.m..

Jose James: “While You Were Sleeping”

June 25, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Jose James: “While You Were Sleeping”Singer José James talks with Simon Rentner about While You Were Sleeping, his debut album on the Blue Note label

José James performs at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Jeff Ballard: “Time’s Tales”

June 25, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Jeff Ballard: “Time’s Tales”Drummer Jeff Ballard talks with Tim Wilkins about Time’s Tales, his OKeh CD with Lionel Loueke on guitar and Miguel Zenon on alto sax, and the trio’s rhythm-driven approach to composition and improvisation.

Ballard’s trio with Loueke and Zenon performs at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on June 29, 2014 at 10:30 p.m.

The Checkout: June 17, 2014

June 18, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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The Checkout: June 17, 2014It’s a Vancouver special with British Columbia-born bandleader Darcy James Argue, the band Pugs & Crows, and tenor saxophonist Michael Blake’s World Time Zone ensemble.

All of the artists in this edition of The Checkout perform during the 2014 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, which runs June 20 through July 1.

Darcy James Argue: “Brooklyn Babylon”

June 18, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Darcy James Argue: “Brooklyn Babylon”Bandleader Darcy James Argue talks with Simon Rentner about “Brooklyn Babylon,” his 18-instrument multimedia suite that allegorizes the transformation of New York City’s outer borough.

Argue performs at the Vancouver Jazz Festival on June 20, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Michael Blake’s World Time Zone

June 17, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Michael Blake’s World Time ZoneTenor saxophonist Michael Blake performs live at WBGO with his World Time Zone ensemble of Ben Allison on bass and Ferenc Nemeth on drums, and talks with Michael Bourne.

Michael Blake performs at the 2014 Vancouver Jazz Festival on June 22 and 24.

Pugs And Crows: “Everyone Knows Everyone”

June 17, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Pugs And Crows: “Everyone Knows Everyone”Pianist Cat Toren, from the Vancouver-based band Pugs And Crows, talks with Kyle Eagle about their album Everyone Knows Everyone, which features Cole Schmidt on guitar, Russell Sholberg on bass, Meredith Bates on violin, Ben Brown on drums, and guest guitarist Tony Wilson.

Pugs and Crows perform with Tony Wilson at the 2014 Vancouver Jazz Festival on June 27.

The Checkout: June 10, 2014

June 12, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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The Checkout: June 10, 2014Pianists Chick Corea, Helen Sung and Onaje Allan Gumbs present new music in a special all-piano edition of The Checkout.

Onaje Allan Gumbs: “Bloodlife”

June 12, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Onaje Allan Gumbs: “Bloodlife”Pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs talks with Josh Jackson about his album Bloodlife, which features solo improvisations based on melodies by Ronald Shannon Jackson.

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