Montreal Jazz Fest 2014: Monty Alexander

July 4, 2014 by Simon Rentner  
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Montreal Jazz Fest 2014: Monty AlexanderPianist Monty Alexander tells the story of his remarkable journey from Jamaica to America with WBGO’s Gary Walker.

Monty Alexander performed at the 2014 Montreal Jazz Festival.

Montreal Jazz Fest 2014: Vincent Réhel

July 4, 2014 by Simon Rentner  
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Montreal Jazz Fest 2014: Vincent RéhelPianist Vincent Réhel shares “Images du Lendemain” (Image of the Future), a recording featuring piano, organ, strings, and rhythm section.  Réhel speaks with WBGO’s Simon Rentner at the 2014 Montreal Jazz Festival.

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.

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.

Helen Sung: “Anthem For A New Day”

June 12, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Helen Sung: “Anthem For A New Day”Pianist Helen Sung talks with Gary Walker about her album “Anthem For A New Day,” which features Seamus Blake on tenor and soprano sax, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, bassist Reuben Rogers, drummer Obed Calvaire, Samuel Torres on percussion, John Ellis on bass clarinet, and special guests Paquito D’Rivera on clarinet and Regina Carter on violin.

Chick Corea: “Portraits”

June 12, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Chick Corea: “Portraits”Pianist Chick Corea talks with Josh Jackson about his Concord album “Portraits,” and his interpretations of music by Scriabin, Thelonious Monk and his own children’s songs.

APA Special 2: Emmet Cohen, Sullivan Fortner

May 28, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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APA Special 2: Emmet Cohen, Sullivan FortnerPianists Sullivan Fortner (pictured) and Emmet Cohen perform at New York’s Rubin Museum of Art and talk with Josh Jackson at the opening concert of the American Pianists Association’s 2014 Cole Porter Award competition on May 21, 2014. This is the second of two segments from this event.

Takuya Kuroda: “Rising Son”

May 14, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Takuya Kuroda: “Rising Son”Trumpeter Takuya Kuroda talks with Josh Jackson about his Blue Note album Rising Son and performs live at WBGO.

Vijay Iyer: “Mutations”

May 7, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Vijay Iyer: “Mutations”Pianist Vijay Iyer talks with Josh Jackson about his new ECM album, Mutations, and his approach to composing for orchestra, piano and electronic instruments.

Fred Ho’s Afro Asian Liberation Music

April 30, 2014 by Josh Jackson  
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Fred Ho’s Afro Asian Liberation MusicBaritone saxophonist Fred Ho talks with Tim Wilkins about his “Afro-Asian Liberation Music” and efforts to merge jazz with Pan-Asian influences and revolutionary consciousness. Ho died April 12, 2014.

Photo by Robert Adam Mayer, courtesy of the artist

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