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Pianist 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.
Pianist 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.
Singer José James talks with Simon Rentner about While You Were Sleeping, his debut album on the Blue Note label
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.
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.
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.
Pianists 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.
Trumpeter Takuya Kuroda talks with Josh Jackson about his Blue Note album Rising Son and performs live at WBGO.
Pianist Vijay Iyer talks with Josh Jackson about his new ECM album, Mutations, and his approach to composing for orchestra, piano and electronic instruments.
Baritone 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