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It’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.
Pianist 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.”
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.
It’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.
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.
Tenor 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.
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.
Pianists Chick Corea, Helen Sung and Onaje Allan Gumbs present new music in a special all-piano edition of The Checkout.
Pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs talks with Josh Jackson about his album Bloodlife, which features solo improvisations based on melodies by Ronald Shannon Jackson.